Talking to the Good Colonel and Mr FM I was surprised they were strangely ignorant of the art and science of "Boning". I am sure you, dear reader, being a "man of the world" aren't, but as a bit of fun, for which trade does the following appear on their website?
TREES are more or less essential because of the "boning" process.
Horace Batten Bootmaker (LTD)
"BONING" is a traditional polishing method whereby best quality black wax polish is liberally applied to the boots with a cloth and then brought to a high gloss finish by vigorous rubbing with a deer bone.