Handmade book, bound in wood and leather
The binding is of this book is hand-sewn, with page signatures open-stitched onto brown calftskin leather bands, which wrap around and are glued to the wood cover boards. The boards are fine-grained oak plywood. The book opens easily and lays flat, and the boards will provide a firm support for writing, or drawing, or doodling, or making things up as you go along. The edges and corners of the wood have been sanded and slightly rounded. The wood has not been stained, because the natural color of the oak is so beautiful. The boards are protected with two coats of tough polycrylic varnish. The pages are sewn in snugly -- not with one or two, but with four stitches per signature -- and will not fall out or work loose. This book is a delight to look at, and to feel in your hands, and will be a delight to use. I'm hard on the books I make for myself, so I've learned how to make books like this one, books which will last. This book is made to order, and takes about a day to make. PAGE SIZE: 7 x 8.5 inches. NUMBER OF PAGES: 7 signatures, 32 pages each, 224 pages total. PAPER: Acid-free Strathmore 400 series 60-lb drawing paper. ENDPAPERS: Acid-free Canson Mi-Tiente Oyster pastel drawing paper. GLUE: Hollander's archival PVA book adhesive. THREAD: Dental floss -- archival and tough. WOOD: Fine-grained strong thin "doorskin" plywood. VARNISH: Two coats Minwax Polycrylic water-based varnish. HEADBAND: Hollander's woven silk headband LEATHER: Reddish-brown calfskin SHIPPING: This book will be shipped USPS Priority Mail, in a Flat Rate box, snugly wrapped in bubble wrap. Priority Mail usually takes two to three days to reach destinations in the continental US, approximately two weeks to go elsewhere.