APR’s Marketplace has been running a series “Tools of the Profession” which speaks with individuals about… the tools of their professions.

David Brancaccio, host of American Public Media’s Marketplace Morning Report, spoke with Lucas Argrew, cobbler at Beyond Shoe Repair in Auburn, ME.

Mr. Argrew initially studied chemistry and painitng in order to puruse a career in art restoration, but that career was impacted by the recession.

So, it’s now a 1940’s Landis Model 12 K Outsole Stitcher that is the tool of his trade.

“These specific Landis machines are kind of the backbone of the shoe repair industry”, said Argrew, ” … They need a little repair, but they still work just as good as they used to.”