This Penobscot shoemaker went from making boots on the bed to having her own workshop

PENOBSCOT, Maine – On a third day, Tammy Bernard would be out pruning trees as a professional arborist and gardener. But Monday’s rain let her spend some time on her passion: working with leather and making boots.

At a time when local shoemakers and cobblers have largely disappeared, Bernard is going against the grain. For the past few years, she’s been one of the few Mainers crafting leather boots.

Late last year she even opened a small workshop for her business Rakkety Tam Leather above the Horsepower Farm store in Penobscot.

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