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Kostantino: Cobbler by Trade

By david deveson  
In Tooting, South London, along the Mitcham Road at number 120, there works a cobbler who goes by the name of Kostantino.
No ordinary cobbler he.
Kostantino does things the old way because that's the way he wants it.
At the age of eighty he isnít going to change and why should he?
His work shop is an Aladdin‚ís cave brimming with wooden lasts created for clientís feet who knows how many years ago.
They are all still there, like names from a novel by Agatha Christie, hanging from every nook and cranny.
Names recorded faithfully on the chance their owners will return.
Many of them never will.
Most are long gone but not Kostantino.
He‚ís going to carry on the way he started, faithful to his craft to the very end.
Good health and an even longer life to you Kostantino.

Tags: Photo journalism Lasts Shoes Cobbler Portraits and people

Voters: AlfieK, Jasper87, bliba and 26 more

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AlfieK Plus
4 1 1 United Kingdom
20 May 2019 6:41AM
Excellent record of this craftsman and the tools of his trade.
bliba Plus
15 2 Austria
20 May 2019 7:15AM
very well presented ...a fine montage
bluesandtwos 11 520 1 England
20 May 2019 7:51AM

Quote:Excellent record of this craftsman and the tools of his trade.

Quote:very well presented ...a fine montage

Very much agree! Smile


20 May 2019 10:04AM
great story and top notch photography
dudler Plus
17 1.6k 1839 England
20 May 2019 12:31PM
The world needs more craftsmen, and fewer politicians...
AnnChown 11 207 1 United Kingdom
20 May 2019 2:15PM
Fabulous and interesting study of Konstantino and his craft.
dark_lord Plus
17 2.8k 767 England
20 May 2019 4:33PM
A slower, more skillful and more thoughtful pace of life.
Chinga Plus
10 3 2 United Kingdom
21 May 2019 4:43AM
Excellent image
Isabel GrinGrin

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