Progress is slow at the moment with this project but things are happening, albeit small things.
The attic space now has beams.
I'm afraid my Cobbler is going to be vertically challenged as the height of this space is only 5.5" (13.97cms).
I've already mentioned previously that I was struggling with my Cobbler until I mentioned the dilemma to a fellow mini-mate who put it into perspective for me. I had been undecided between a 17th Century cobbler and an 18th Century one given that the Tenement covers those two particular periods. "Go with the shoes" she said! I duly looked out the shoes I had already purchased and yes, the answer was already there - he's an 18th Century cobbler (thanks Jonquil). Isn't it funny how we can't always see the wood for the trees?
Decision made, I set about making him (Mr Bennett*) a cobbler's bench. I'd seen cobbler's benches available for sale - some basic, some grand - but thought I'd have a go at creating my own. Once you have the measurements for items like this, it's easy enough to get whittling. It also gets round the issue of him not having a 'stand at' workbench which wouldn't have worked given the height of the room and the space available.
I had already purchased a few tools from various fairs.
Next? A hingin' lum!
*Crafted into the stonework on the outside of the RL building - although a bit difficult to read - are the words "Bennett, Shoemaker". I haven't found out yet exactly when Mr Bennett occupied his premises but it certainly wasn't during the 18th Century. I just thought it would be fitting to call my cobbler this as a "homage" to the resident tradesman.