A Look Towards a SCARLET SUNSET – A Leather Bound Journal with Leather Onlays, Gold Tooling and Silver Fittings


After a burning day –
tired back, flaming hands.
A look towards the scarlet sunset,
awaiting the cool morning.


A book representing a red cloudy sunset.

The book is sewn on three hemp cords, consisting of 16 signatures of 32 pages and with the leaves on the end sheets makes a total volume of 512 pages. The paper is 80 gsm, archival quality, cream colored, smooth and a joy to write with a dip pen, fountain pens or pencil. The endpapers are decorated with hand-made paper leaves, decorated with a linoprint done by the binder. The cover boards are constructed from a 2.5 cm thick piece of millboard, sanded on its ends to produce a groove. They are sculpted and tied to the book body via the three cords. The book edges are sprinkled with a solution of potassium permanganate.

The book is bound with a fine quality, crimson colored goatskin. Only sumac and other natural materials are used in the tanning of this fine quality range of leathers. These skins are hand polished and finished to show the beauty of the natural grain. The natural character of each skin is maintained, no pigment finishes are added and no grain correction is made.

The endbands are constructed with a single twine core and a saddle-stitched piece of leather over it.

The decoration on the leather is done with two techniques. The surface is treated with a water solution of shellac and gilded with 24 carat gold leaf. Before that however the borders were constructed with onlays of maril. A marble-like mosaic material made of different coloured leather shavings.

The cloud-like silver fittings are made of 925. They are attached to the covers by silver nails and rivets. The attachments are patinated and polished to achieve a shine on the different levels of the decoration.

The journal is with dimensions of 15 x 11 x 4 cm or 5.9 x 4.3 x 1.6 inches.

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