Newspaper article News Mail Bundaberg Qld.

The Boot Makers with Old Soles

Newspaper article News Mail Bundaberg Qld.

The Boot Makers with Old Soles

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IT IS the "mum and dad" business upholding old-school traditions.

For Laura and Ben Ruddy, who opened the doors of Ruddy Custom Boot and Saddle Co 18 months ago, good things take time.

Together they spend 80-90 hours a week on all kinds of jobs from repairing riding boots, tap shoes and high heels to making bridles.

"The thing about this job is you never know what's going to come through the door," Mr Ruddy said.

What started as favours for friends grew into a full-time career for the couple two years ago.

Their small business is growing fast.

They have their own horses on their property at Bucca, but they don't get much time to ride them.

"We get orders from Townsville, Charters Towers, out to Alice Springs," Mrs Ruddy said.

The waiting list for one of their hand-crafted saddles is nearing four months.

And much of the work they do is on machines with generations of history.

The heavy cast iron machine they use to pierce leather? …

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