uggs for babies uk Two of North America’s best cobblers are a Vancouver father
SubscriptionsGo to the Subscriptions Centre to manage your:My ProfileThough the profession of cobbler might seem like an anachronism from a long ago fairy tale, a Vancouver father and son duo’s passion for the craft of shoe repair is very 2017.Ronald Nijdam runs the Quick Cobbler shoe repair store in Vancouver with his son Patrick.The duo recently took home top awards at the Robert DiRinaldo Grand Silver Cup a competition where shoe repairers from across the United States and Canada compete for the title of best crafts person.This year, Ronald won gold and Patrick who had entered the competition for the first time took home bronze.”[My dad] wanted to win gold and I couldn’t beat him the first time,” laughed Patrick.The Nijdams, originally from Holland,
come from a long line of cobblers.”My grandfather was a cobbler back in Holland,” Ronald said. “He opened a shop in his own house. My dad being one of his sons was working with him and at some point decided to start his own shop.”As a kid, Ronald swept the floors of his father’s shoe repair shop and helped his grandfather with deliveries. Although he said he never really wanted to do shoe repair, it found him.My wife is jealous is because I get to see my son everyday. Ronald Nijdam”I tried all kinds of different stuff but I liked shoe repairing the best. So that’s how I became a shoe repairer,” he laughed.Many of the machines used by shoe repairers were manufactured in the Netherlands. Ronald originally came to Canada to train Canadians on the machines and ended up staying.Listen to Ronald and Patrick Nijdam’s story on CBC’s The Early Edition:His son Patrick followed in his father’s footsteps and learned the craft from his father over the years.”Working for my dad and with my dad for the last 10,
15 years has been awesome. I’m very comfortable fixing almost any shoe so I’m learning more and knowing that there’s more to learn still is very cool.”.