Pocket Book number 3 - Sappanwood Red Goatskin
Every part of this pocketbook 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 – you can see the cords still, they are the little bumps on the spine of the book. The cords hve 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 blue and then polished with beeswax, before red 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 deep rich red Morocco of this book, we have dyed Goatskin with Sappanwood the bark of an Indian tree, the leather has then been dressed with beeswax, tallow and turpentine. The cover is 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 17th-century. There are little imperfections in the work here and there, as there are with all things made by hand - a few flecks of gold leaf have stuck to the blue edges. We didn’t particularly want them there, but rather like how they catch the light against the blue. 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.