Thursday, June 11, 2009

Cordwainer revealed


As of 4 pm yesterday no one had guessed it right. A cordwainer makes shoes and other items from soft leather. The word originates from Cordoba Spain and cordovan leather. For those of you who live in London you can see a Cordwainer statue on Watling Street which was part of the cordwainer district. See a picture of this statue and learn more here. Also, until 2000 there was a London cordwainer school now incorporated into another fashion insitute. Here is an official cordwainer website.

There is also a science fiction writer named Cordwainer Smith.

8 comments:

Mim said...

Yup - I had to google it, would never have thought of the connection to leather! It's still an adorable house tho

m. heart said...

oh! i wouldn't have guessed. i'm still going to call j that, heehee.

Lisa at Greenbow said...

Very interesting. Cordwainer sounds like a last name not a first name to me.

Blue Sky Dreaming said...

Very interesting...never, never would have guessed. So a shoe cobbler is very different...maybe just for repairs?

chewy said...

Yup, My great-grandad was a shoe maker in the early 1900s, he made fiddles too!

Lynn said...

Great fun! Thanks for all the history.

San said...

Oh, I would have been stumped too. I never would have associated with Cordoba and cordovan leather.

kikipotamus said...

I just had no idea, not even a bad guess brewing in my brain. Amazing how much we don't know.