By George Ledger

In the heart of Consett Town Centre resides Robert McKenzie, a seasoned cobbler whose expertise has been honed over a remarkable career spanning 25 years.

Robert’s journey into craftsmanship began as a shipwright on the Tyne River, where he learned the intricacies of working with his hands. Transitioning to a Newcastle-based firm, he delved deeper into the world of shoemaking before finding his true calling as a cobbler.

Now settled in Consett, Robert’s shop is a haven of hand tools and machinery, each telling a story of timeless skill and dedication. Beyond the mere repair of footwear, Robert breathes new life into leather articles, ensuring that each piece tells a story of its own.

Supported by Karbon Homes, Robert’s dedication to his craft serves as a testament to the enduring legacy of traditional tradesmanship.

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  1. Excellent chap friendly experience and always top notch work he has done all sorts riding boots zips the lot great guy

  2. I am back there over and over again, he is great banter and saves me lots of money as I don’t have to keep buying new shoes!


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