I have recently switched to Mohawk paper, the world standard for premium uncoated paper, loved by artists, designers and makers. Guest Books, Journals and Sketchbooks are bound with Mohawk Superfine Smooth 118gsm, Memory Books and Accordion Sketchbooks have Mohawk 216gsm paper. The white is a beautifully soft tone (not blue). Mohawk Superfine is produced from 100% virgin fibre, it is acid-free and archival, making it ideal for writing and artwork. It is FSC and Green e-certified, guaranteed to come from well-managed forests and responsibly harvested, manufactured with windpower with zero greenhouse gas emissions.
Alternative papers for artists are available on request, such as 130 gsm Daler-Rowney cartridge paper which is ideal for most dry-mediums and light wash.
I use fine quality leather from a British tannery with an excellent reputation. Goatskins are tanned only with natural materials, hand polished and finished to reveal the beauty of their natural gain. Calfskin offer the opportunity for extra large size books and are finished for extra protection. Because no grain correction by machine-embossing is made, the skins retain their natural beauty and are superior to grain-corrected leathers. The leathers are extremely tactile, smooth and warm to the touch, subtly glossy and they have that lovely leather smell. Please note that some slight markings and discolouration will likely feature in the leather I use to make your books, this is natural and normal however I do cut pieces to minimise any visible marks as much as possible.
Linen is a strong yet flexible fibre produced from the flax plant, it is one of the most sustainable fibres available. I use waxed linen thread in a variety of colours to sew my books, and have recently introduced unbleached woven linen ribbons as a closure option for a natural, softer look and feel.
During 2017 I'm starting to make a few books that are closed with silk ribbon for a truly romantic, luxurious and indulgent experience. This 100% silk double satin ribbon is woven to prevent fraying along it's length.
All dimensions indicate external dimensions of the closed book. Memory Books have 128 pages of heavy paper & spacers for inclusions; Guest Books, Journals & Sketchbooks have Mohawk Superfine Smooth 118gsm paper, usually 192 pages unless otherwise indicated in the product listing. Pagination can be adjusted a little for bespoke books, speciality artists' papers on request.
|A4 Large Portrait||12 inches or 305 mm||8.5 inches or 215 mm||1.5 inches or 38 mm|
|A4 Large Landscape||8.5 inches or 215 mm||12 inches or 305 mm||1.5 inches or 38 mm|
|A5 Medium Landscape||6 inches or 155 mm||8.5 inches or 215 mm||1.5 inches or 38 mm|
|A5 Medium Portrait||8.5 inches or 215 mm||6 inches or 155 mm||1.5 inches or 35 mm|
|A6 Small Landscape||4.5 inches or 114 mm||6 inches or 155 mm||1 inch or 25 mm|
|A6 Small Portrait||6 inches or 155 mm||4.5 inches or 114 mm||1 inch or 25 mm|
96 pages of Mohawk Superfine 118gsm paper
|One Size||3 inches or 76 mm||2.25 inches or 60 mm||20 mm or 0.75 inches|
60 pages of 130 gsm paper
|One Size||6 inches or 148 mm approx.||4.5 inches or 108 mm approx.||20 mm or 0.75 inches|
With Mohawk Superfine 118gsm paper
|A4 Large||297 mm or 11.5 inches approx.||205mm or 8.25 inches approx.||64 pages|
|A5 Medium||210 mm or 5.75 inches approx.||145 mm or 5.75 inches approx.||56 pages|
|A6 Small||150 mm or 6 inches approx.||100 mm or 4 inches approx.||48 pages|
|A7 Pocket||106 mm or 4.25 inches approx.||72 mm or 2.75 inches approx.||40 pages|
8 pages of Mohawk heavy paper
|A5 Medium Portrait||TBC|
|A6 Small Landscape|