Pocket Book number 5 - Goatskin and Marbled Paper
Every part of this pocket book has been created by hand using time-honoured, traditional techniques, without modern machinery. The paper, a fine quality recycled writing paper, has been cut and folded into quires by hand and then it has been sewn into a block on hemp cord using linen thread. The cords are set into grooves sawn in the back of the book, which gives the book a flat spine with a hollow back, that allows it to open easily The cords have been attached to the boards of the book by lacing them through holes and glueing them in place. The edges of the book have been sanded and stained with yellow ochre sprinkled over with brown ink and then polished with beeswax, before black silk endbands have been worked at the top and bottom of the spine over cord. We only use the finest vegetable-tanned leather to cover our books and to create the dark brown used on this book the leather has been dyed with Walnut dye and Copperas, the leather has then been dressed with beeswax, tallow and turpentine. This is a quarter bound book and leather of the spine cover has cut to size, pared by hand and glued to the book with wheat paste. Lastly after a polishing with a hot iron, 23 caret gold leaf has been used for the decoration of the spine and covers. Antique tools have been heated and applied to the gold they have been used to create decoration that is inspired by original books of the late eighteenth and early nineteenth century. Lastly the boards have been covered in a delightful waxed marbled paper, the swirling colours complementing the yellow ochre edges. There are little imperfections in the work here and there, as there are in any item made by hand. This is an item that is designed to stand the test of time and a lot of labour and love have gone in to creating this object for you to use and to treasure. 145mm x 100mm approx.