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Charles Van Gorkom
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A poet, an artist, a pilgrim in leather.
A poet, an artist, a pilgrim in leather.

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I've retired from making boots and have retaken up my interrupted art career again.
On instagram I'm vangorkomfineart
My new website is www.vangorkomportraits.simplesite.com. I would love to meet you there!
Charlie Van Gorkom
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Rodin
            You played your accordion Standing under a young tree At the farmers market Or not standing, you danced, Your whole lithe body Barefoot in scuffed leather shoes Your soaring improvisations Sailed above tents and crowds At times growling greeting...
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To My Family
I just found this on my computer.  I wrote it more than four years ago, thought you might be interested: I was forty-three years in the northern wilderness. Before those years, I had prayed, Earnestly prostrated before the Lord, In another country, another ...
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Forgive Them
Forgive them,  Rabbleous cacophony rattling my door, They know not what they do Or what they are for. I only see through a darkling  glass Vistas of love And how by its silent power, The redeemed will pass, How a stone is warmed in silence, Softened  To bea...
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Van Gorkom lightweight but sturdy hiking boots, good for the trail or the office and include custom hand made orthotic footbeds, all made for the feet that will wear them.  These are going to a business man in Mexico.
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She wanted a red pair of Van Gorkom custom Walking Boots.  So I made them with their custom orthotics, and mailed them off for her to enjoy for many years.  The photo makes them look pink, but they are very very red.
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S. W.
One day, By clever diversion, life made treaty with death in you, a minority ground-swell in opposition and  War began. I fled to the borders, what could I do? For seven years I hid and trained my binoculars on your embattled soul made sorties for your repl...
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Van Gorkom Custom Walking Boots, Handmade from all real leather for the feet that will wear them.  Includes custom orthotic footbeds to make them the most comfortable walking boots you have ever worn!  This pair pictured is a pair that I finshed this week.  They were united with their new mistress earlier this week  They are house-broken and make wonderful pets!
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I just finished these light weight hiking boots today.  Good looking, rugged leather, inside and out,  hiker soles, all custom made for the feet that will wear them and including  custom orthotic footbeds, too!  All for CAD $325.  Made to be resoled from my tiny shop on Vancouver Island, off the West Coast of British Columbia, Canada.
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Softly Light
There is a candle in the darkness, You can see its glow, But not the flame. When your eyes are closed, You know it is Shielded gently in two hands. Hands that shelter the singing Tiny light, Reflecting on a quiet face, Eyes on your eyes, Love answering  lov...
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