Materials

Craftsmanship
With Bound, handmade is synonymous with excellence and quality. My unique combination of historical bindings styles, contemporary colours, luxurious materials, careful attention to detail and traditional craftsmanship mean these books are beautiful, practical and of the very best quality. Unlike mass-produced books found in stationary shops, each book is hand-sewn with archival materials, using traditional bookbinding skills. This means your book will never fall apart, no matter how often you use it. 
 
Leather
I use top 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. Calfskins offer the opportunity for extra large size books. 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.
 
Paper
I use cartridge paper from a company with a worldwide reputation for producing the finest paper. At 130gsm, with a smooth finish and a slightly creamy white colour, it is ideal for dry medium artwork and for writing with fountain pen, ballpoint or pencil and will take light wash. Some of the books feature hand made plant fibre endpapers which have a distinctly tactile surface. I use 100gsm smooth white paper for the Hardback and Miniature Journals, and heavyweight cartridge paper with spacers in the spine for Memory Books, suitable for holding inclusions such as photographs.
 
Leather Journals, Sketchbooks, Memory Books and Guest Books
I employ the Longstitch with Linkstitch style to bind these books, a 15th century Medieval German style originally used for council documents where durability and longevity were important. The style is perfect today for people who need a practical yet beautiful book.
 
I start with large sheets of paper, fold and tear them to size with a natural bonefolder to create the distinctive deckle edge, the hallmark of a hand bound book. Then I collect a number of sheets into sections, fold each of them and mark and pierce them for sewing. Next I take the leather and cut it to size, carefully selecting a piece with an attractive raw edge if that is to be used. With a collection of tools for precise work, I mark up each sewing station and punch with a Japanese screw punch, creating a perfect circle just a few millimetres diameter. This is preferable to piercing which you often see on hand made books, which creates uneven, unattractive holes. Then each section of pages is sewn through the leather cover with Irish linen thread, in a continuous movement from the front to the back of the book. It takes practice to create the perfect thread tension which keeps the book securely bound without wrinkling the leather. Finally I sew in the leather thong to keep the book closed when not in use. 
 
Hardback Journals
I select some of the finest bookbinder's cloths in a range of design and fashion led finishes. The traditional hardbacks are made following time-honoured techniques, comprising a dozen stages over the course of several days, each book is hand-sewn on linen tapes and made with archival materials for longevity. The spines are bound in tactile goatskin, the covers in decorative bookcloth or fine Italian paper in a range of themes including traditional English William Morris patterns, travel, sporting, writing, flora and fauna themes. Striped headbands and co-ordinating endpapers finish off the books to perfection. The bookcloth is treated with fabric protector to make it soil and water resistant.
 
Miniature Journals
A simple pamphlet stitch binding with 104 pages in a single section, with that distinctive deckle edge. Made with the same careful attention and fine leather as the larger bindings, they are closed with a simple leather thong.  A popular addition to Christmas stockings, place settings at Hallowe'en parties, birthday gift bags, and as wedding favours. 
Size Guide
Memory Books, Guest Books, Condolence Books, Journals and Sketchbooks

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.

 SIZE HEIGHT WIDTH DEPTH
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
Miniature Journals

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
Simple Wrap Journals

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
Paperback Notebooks

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
Accordion Books

8 pages of Mohawk heavy paper

A5 Medium Portrait TBC
A6 Small Landscape