Build your own pair of custom boots while learning the art of bootmaking.
Join Dan and Julia Schwarz in their bootmaking shop located in Dillon Montana as they teach you all aspects to the art of bootmaking. Learn every step from measuring a foot to finishing your boot. With this duo of skilled instructors, students return home from this experience as a well shod, confident, and prepared boot makers.
Immerse yourself in a two week bootmaking course; six days a week, twelve hours a day. This intensive course has a 1:2 teacher to student ratio where you will be guided step by step with hands on learning from master bootmakers. No experience with tools or machinery are required. We will provide all necessary materials and tools. You will finish the course with your very own custom made boots plus the lasts, and patterns they were made with. You will also be given a reference manual and list of suppliers for your future bootmaking endeavors.
- Celebration at end of course
- Schwarz Custom Boots certification
- Pair of custom boots
- Custom Feet Measuring & Last Building
- Patterns & Stitching
- Tools & Materials
- Boot Construction & Assembly
- Finish Work
Fall Session 1: October 3-15, 2022 - Limited Availability
Winter Session 2: November 7-19, 2022 - Limited Availability
Spring Session 1: March 6-18, 2023
Spring Session 2: April 17-29, 2023
Fall Session 1: October 9-21, 2023
Winter Session 1: November 6-18, 2023
Housing & Accommodations
Dillon is located in Southwest Montana near several major highways, including Interstate 15, making the town a logical epicenter for visitors' explorations. In addition, the Beaverhead, Big Hole, and Ruby Rivers all drain into the sweeping valley around Dillon. These destination trout streams alone make the trip to Dillon worthwhile. The adventurous can also travel to the nearby Crystal Park for a day of rockhounding-searching for crystal quartz-in this unique recreation area. click for reference
All lodging, meals and transportation are up to the student.
- Old School Lofts 406-925-9946
Hotels in Dillon
- Best Western Paradise Inn (406) 683-4214
- Comfort Inn (406) 683-6831
- Fair Bridge Inn (406) 683-3636
- Sundowner Motel (406) 683-2375
- Super 8 Motel (406) 683-4288
- Elkhorn Hot Springs
- Jackson Hot Springs
Total Cost: Call Dan at 406.925.9465
Deposit: 50% at booking (non-refundable)
Remainder Due: First day of school
Includes: Your own pair of custom handcrafted boots made by you under the expert teaching of Dan and Julia. (value $3,500+)