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What’s in a shoe? by Caleb Nickerson

François Rollin owns Renaissance Shoe Repair in Fort Coulonge and has worked as a shoemaker for theatre productions across Canada. He recently began teaching workshops at the Monument-National theatre in Montreal.

In this day and age, it is more common to discard things that are broken than repair them. Many household items – from televisions to appliances to shoes – that might once have been maintained for years are now simply thrown out and replaced.
In such an age of planned obsolescence it’s rare to find someone that bucks the trend and keeps with the way things were done, so I was intrigued when I heard about François Rollin, a shoemaker who works in Fort Coulonge.

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