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 I'm Alex the SHOEMAN and lived in the Adirondack Mountains over 30 years. An experienced hunter, fisherman, and knowledgeable woodsman, I specialize in all kinds of hand carved wooden boots and shoes. After working for 30 years with a steel industry (ore division), I packed up my family, which at that time was just my wife, Marie and myself as both of my sons were both in the military and hit for warmer country. I just knew that there had to be a warmer place than in the Adirondacks. So off to Florida we go, lock stock and barrel as they say. Well, I wasn't in Florida over 3 months before I had to go back to work. Funny thing, I worked for 30 years and looked forward to setting on my butt, but when you get to do it, it wasn't that great! So, off to work again here in sunny Florida with no SNOW! Well, I put in another 15 years and then hung it up again. Social Security time! Ho Ho Ho!

So, no I am back to wondering what to do all day. Well, to make a long story short, I got involved in carving. Use to do it when I was in the Boy Scouts, but that was a long long time ago. I met up with this guy Duke that was carving in our trailer park and he got me started on carving. He asked me what I wanted to carve. I told him that I hadn't carved in so long that I really wasn't up on anything. So he gave me a little boot to carve and that is the way I got started. Some times when I am in between carvings I will carve boots, sometimes as much as 40 or 50 before I start on something else. What I really like about carving them is that you can sit around chewing the fat and still carve them. I have carved probably over 400-500 of them and they just sell as fast as I can make them. I call them my "Money Makers". Well, after a while they started to call me Alex the "Shoeman" and it just stuck, but heck I have been called worse than that, like late to dinner!

          I am also known for my famous Shoeman's Vice that many carvers are raving about. You may read more about it on the Shoeman's Vice Page by clicking here!

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