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the cobbler should stick to his last

One should do what one is familiar with, experienced in, or skilled at, rather than trying something different and risking failure. After his failed attempts at writing books and hosting a television show, many think the ageing DJ should retire or return to radio— the cobbler should stick to his last.
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let the cobbler stick to his last

One should do what one is familiar with, experienced in, or skilled at, rather than trying something different and risking failure. After his failed attempts at writing books and hosting a television show, many think the ageing DJ should retire or return to radio—let the cobbler stick to his last. You're a doctor, not an artist, Bob. You should let the cobbler stick to his last.
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Let the cobbler stick to his last.

Prov. Do not advise someone in matters outside your area of expertise. Whenever Ted, who is a lawyer, tried to give Bob suggestions about how to write his novel, Bob would say, "Let the cobbler stick to his last." Bill: I don't think you should put so much oregano in the spaghetti sauce. Nancy: You're a construction worker, not a chef. Let the cobbler stick to his last.
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stick to one's last

Keep to what you know and don't interfere out of your province, as in Let me handle the defense in this suit; you stick to your last and track down more eyewitnesses . This adage comes from an ancient story about a shoemaker criticizing a work by a Greek painter named Apelles, saying that the shoe in the picture was not correctly portrayed. After the painter corrected it, the shoemaker pointed out an error in the leg, whereupon the painter said, "Shoemaker, do not go above your last." Over the centuries the story was repeated, and the expression still is sometimes put as cobbler, stick to your last, even though cobblers are nearly obsolete.
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cobbler, stick to your last

Do not advise about or interfere with matters of which you know little or nothing. This turn of phrase comes from an anecdote about a painter of ancient Greece named Apelles. One day a shoemaker saw a painting of his and pointed out that the shoe in the picture was not accurately portrayed. The painter corrected that part of the picture. Then the next day the shoemaker pointed out a mistake in the painting of a leg. But the painter replied, “Shoemaker, do not go above your last.” The story was repeated in various accounts and made its way into John Taverner’s translation of Erasmus as “Let not the shoemaker go beyonde his shoe.” Although the cobbler’s day appears to be nearly over, at least in America, the cliché survives.
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Another trick I relied on was a sprinkling a scant tablespoon of turbinado sugar on top of the Peach Apricot Buttermilk Cobbler. That small amount made the cobbler a touch sweeter, sure, but also added a beautiful sparkle to the top.
Dubai: A Pakistani cobbler did not hesitate to pay Rs50,000 (Dh1250) fine to get back snakeskin shoe he made for Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan.
"This shop started out purely as a cobblers but now we offer a huge range of products and services."
"My husband, together with his brother, learned to first make slippers when he was 12 years old," the Cobbler says.
ISLAMABAD -- As the Pakistan Super League (PSL) fever elsewhere among cricket lovers, Pakistani Peshawar cobblers are also showing their love and support for their favorite teams by presenting them gift of hand made leather Peshawari Chappal for PSL players.
Cobblers first take customers' measurements and cut the leather accordingly.
It might not be Apple Cobbler Day, but that doesn't mean you can't have a little fun with the fruit and add it to your peach cobbler, like this Taste of Home (https://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/apple-peach-cobbler) recipe does.
It's his inability to stay upright that draws us towards THE ARTFUL COBBLER, who has the required survival streak.
He first became a cobbler with Timpsons in 1972 before setting up his current business 30 years ago.
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"We have raided the shop on Friday on seeing news package on different news channels that a cobbler has prepared special footwear of deer skin," informed Niaz Mohammad, Divisional Forest Officer (DFO) Wildlife Extension.
The last time Ferragamo held a demonstration of its shoemaking techniques in the Philippines in 2012, another Italian cobbler's skills attracted such interest (nail-popping included) that the legendary brand vowed to bring it back.
FOR THE COBBLER: 400g apricots, stoned 25g light brown muscovado sugar 1/2 tsp cornflour The zest and juice of 1 small lemon A little fresh thyme, chopped finely 30g butter, diced FOR THE COBBLER TOPPING: 110g plain flour 25g polenta 1 tsp baking powder 1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda 75g chilled butter, diced 1 1/2 tbsps unrefined golden caster sugar A little Maldon salt 110ml buttermilk A little fresh thyme, chopped A little unrefined demerara sugar FOR THE CUSTARD: 300ml double cream 5 egg yolks 50g unrefined golden caster sugar 1 vanilla pod A pinch of ground cinnamon A pinch of ground allspice A pinch of ground cloves A pinch of grated nutmeg A small splash of Angostura bitters 1 tbsp dark rum 1/2 tbsp Cognac METHOD: To make the custard, scrape the seeds from the vanilla pod into a bowl.
Now, as the world's most famous cobbler plans to expand his empire into the new superrich markets of Asia, this documentary offers a glimpse into his world.
Why is someone who makes clothes called a tailor, someone who makes hats called a milliner, and someone who makes shoes called a cobbler?