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"Bootblacking 101: A Handbook" by Andrew McDiarmid is something that you would have expected to see multiple volumes on the topic. After all, you see bootblacks at almost every fetish event. The bootblack room-as-fundraiser is now standard for most contests, especially at International Mr. Leather.

It is McDiarmid's experiences as he learns his craft and enters the arena of competitive bootblacking that set the tone of "Bootblacking 101." While the autobiographical final chapter deals just as much with preparedness and the rules of most contests, the description of the event is an informative

Be that as it may, "Bootblacking 101" covers the ground you really need to know. If you want to get in on the beginner's level, the first third of the book details "The Basic Bootshine." For bootblacks on a budget, there is a boot-kit that you can put together for about twenty bucks.

About the Author

Drew travels around the country to leather events showing the joys of bootblacking. He has shined boots from Folsom Street Fair in Califoria, to Chicago’s IML weekend and to the sunny shores of Florida.
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Product Details

  • Series: A Boner Book
  • Paperback: 100 pages
  • Publisher: Nazca Plains Corp (February 10, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1887895698
  • ISBN-13: 978-1887895699
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 1 x 6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,178,830 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Andrew C McDiarmid, lives in Houston Texas. While he grew up in the Pacific Northwest, the United Navy took him from Seattle to Antarctica. Andrew writes gay and lesbian fiction. All three books he has published are collections of short stories and memoirs.

The new novel "BRIARPATCH" is now available in Kindle and paperback editions. This is Andrew's first full length novel and follows the adventures of seven men as they travel to Las Vegas to attend an event.

Here is a short preview of the new novel:
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"SMOKE" and "BRETHREN" have been termed "friction" by his fans. There are moments of sexual content.

"Bootblacking 101" is a very basic review of the bootblacking process, and some recollections of his competing in the bootblacking arena.

He is a bass in the Gay Men's Chorus of Houston, and has been a GALA Singer since 1993. He has sung with GMCLA, DGMC, and the last 15 years with the Houston chorus.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Tim Brough VINE VOICE on January 19, 2007
Format: Paperback
"Bootblacking 101: A Handbook" by Andrew McDiarmid is something that you would have expected to see multiple volumes on the topic. After all, you see bootblacks at almost every fetish event. The bootblack room-as-fundraiser is now standard for most contests, especially at International Mr. Leather. There is usually a boot-stand at any leather bar worth its salt. So why it took this long to get an actual book on the subject is surprising.

On the other hand, maybe not. "Bootblacking 101: A Handbook" is a pretty thorough look at the topic and it clocks in at barely 100 pages. This means that, as elemental as the bootblacking topic is, there may not be all that much to say about it. McDiarmid is certainly a worthwhile source for bootblacking. He twice competed in the International Mr. Bootblack competition at IML, finishing second runner-up in 1997. He's done volunteer time with the Leather Archives and Museum. He has given presentations on the subject at the Orange County Leather Association and in Fort Lauderdale, among other places. So he's certainly knowledgeable about the craft.

It is McDiarmid's experiences as he learns his craft and enters the arena of competitive bootblacking that set the tone of "Bootblacking 101." While the autobiographical final chapter deals just as much with preparedness and the rules of most contests, the description of the event is an informative read. While this is where the tone of the book was likely formulated, the soul of the book comes earlier.

McDiarmid waxes (sorry - couldn't resist) philosophical in the section headed "The Tao of Bootblacking." "Over the years of working in the bootblacking environment," he states, "I have developed a credo. My Tao of how bootblacking affects me.
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I received this book for my birthday. I am learning how to take care of leathers and I figured since this was a 101 type book it would be useful. I took away the value of asking questions, I honestly didn't think of that and I really enjoyed his story at the end of the book. But most of the things that were written about I had already been shown. The only draw back I have to this book is that the pictures are in black and white. It would be more useful to have your shine photos in color so you can see the difference. All in all it was a decent read.
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By Justarius on March 20, 2014
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Poor writing, repetition and grammatical errors abound. The basic information could be conveyed in a 5 page pamphlet. I gave it 3 stars because the information is useful. The bootblacking erotica in the last half is interesting. If you don't know what bootblacking is or how to do it this is a good introduction.
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The part of actual boot blacking is really short, and there are snippets of short stories by the author. It is ok to read but was really hoping for more tricks and general information on boot blacking.
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By Michael on January 29, 2015
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Great Book
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