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(Crafts) archaic a shoemaker or worker in cordovan leather
ˈcordˌwainery n
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(ˈkɔrd weɪ nər)

n. Archaic.
1. a person who makes shoes from cordovan leather.
2. shoemaker; cobbler.
[1150–1200; Middle English cordewaner < Old French cordewan(i)er]
cord′wain•er•y, n.
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His cordwainer mastery is palpable: You see it in every movement he makes.
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Cliff Kirby-Tibbits, who says he does not have a job title but is listed as the production director, said the company did not do mission statements 'and stand around with job titles' but the business cherished the family motto:For so long as there remains pride in craftsmanship, satisfaction in a job well done, and honesty in endeavour, Jabez Cliff will continue to supply the markets of the worldThe Cliff family has been associated with the leather trade since 1793 when, in the reign of George lll, George Cliff was granted his indentures as a cordwainer. His only son Jabez founded Jabez Cliff & Company in 1873.
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One of the joys of reading Charles Stross is that he can remind readers of the giants of science fiction-Alfred Bester, Cordwainer Smith, and Robert Heinlein (to whom saturn's Children gave more than a nod), to name a few-without being those writers.
There are examples of a cordwainer (a shoemaker), mine engineer, tailor, chair maker and even the captain of a merchant vessel who got married at St Martin's in the Bull Ring, on October 20, 1838.