COTTAGE Journal II – A Handmade Journal, Bound in Brown Goatskin, Tooled in Blind and Fitted with Silver Corners


The Cottage Journals are a humble set of blank books ready to make a new home a bit warmer in the coming winter months. Each is an object devoted to be of service to its owner without burdening them with lavishness or discomfort at the cost of over-decoration. A true object of craft and a temple for your writings.




The book is sewn on three hemp cords, consisting of 12 signatures of 32 pages and with the leaves on the end sheets makes a total writing volume of 384 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 with a lino print design by the binder.


The cover boards are constructed from a 2.5 cm thick piece of millboard. 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, brown 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 bright yellow leather over it.


The decoration on the leather is done with only one technique technique. The blind tooling is achieved with a heated tool pressed onto a moistened leather surface with a solution of rose water and glycerin. The moisture and heat produce the beautiful contrast without burning the leather. After the tooling, the leather was polished to a shine.


The fittings are made with a silver standard of 925. They are attached to the covers by silver nails and rivets. The attachments are patinated and matted to achieve a contrast on the different levels of the decoration.


The journal is with dimensions of 18 x 11 x 3,5 cm or 7 x 4.3 x 1.4 inches.

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