Repaired Things

Sandals: A Repair Saga
April 28, 2012, 1:40 pm
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I wore this pair of sandals the whole 7 months I was in India. Pretty soon, the soles started wearing thin. I could feel pebbles through the soles. So, when these kids approached me at a train station and offered to repair them for me, I asked them to make an insert.

The insert fell out pretty quickly since it wasn’t sewn in properly, so in Vrindavan, I had this cobbler sew in a proper insert for the heel. Perfecto.

Eventually, that wore down too, and a cobbler in Bangalore sewed an entire new sole to the bottoms of the existing ones. New treads!

No photo of the last repair, but I had another Bangalorean cobbler tighten the strap that goes between your toes. 3 years later and they’re still a major component of my summer gear!

A friend said they are probably one of the only pairs of cobbled Airwalks in the world.

Repaired Elbow
December 8, 2010, 9:11 pm
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“I split open my elbow today after I took a spill. It wasn’t that big of a cut, just deep. Since it was on the joint, I needed to close it up. I gave myself a few stitches with some fine fishing line-ish thread I had.  My bandage is printed to look like toast.” — Eric Clausen

Here’s an Instructable on the subject.


September 26, 2009, 3:42 pm
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Repaired painting by Ariel Churnin