EMBER Journal I – A Leather Bound Journals with Mixed Tooling and Silver Clasp – Set with Rosewood Dip Pen


The “EMBER” Collection is another fine addition to the family of our leather bound journals.

The decoration of these books was conceived in a fashion, somewhat different than regular. I took a new method of designing that includes and balance between quite chaotic sketching phase, followed by a refining phase, in which I extract symmetrical patterns from them. In this case, the wavy silver clasps were done first by my father and I too their forms for inspiration. Transformation after transformation, this lovely mixed tooling was the result. Leaving much more space to accentuate the beautiful qualities of the premium goatskin, the tooling only takes the central area of the covers and protrudes a bit to the inside as well. The fine covers are kept closed by the elegant sterling silver clasps, made by the careful hands of my father. Another contribution by him is the Rosewood Dip Pen that comes with each journal, each fitted with a sterling silver insignia and iroko wood stand.

This set of journals is designed for the humble writer, who appreciates a calmer exterior but nevertheless wishes to rely on a sturdy stationary piece.

The book is sewn on three hemp cords, consisting of 14 signatures of 32 pages and with the leaves on the end sheets makes a total volume of 450 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 flowing hand-painted red ink borders.

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 red ink and 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 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 that the surface is treated with a water solution of shellac and gilded with 24 carat gold leaf.

The clasps are made with a silver standard 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.

Designed and made by my father, this wonderful Dip Pen combines the comfort and beauty of the mahogany handle and the sterling silver fitting, decorating this functional piece of artwork.

The pen comes with a handmade iroko stand for it to rest when not used.

The wooden parts have been all formed by hand and hand tools. No machinery was used in the process. It is coated with natural oils and beeswax, later sealed with coatings of shellac. The silver fittings are made from sterling silver.

The pen comes with a removable nib, which you can replace with the ones you find most comfortable. The pen uses a standard 5 mm nib.

Learn more about our process of making on my website here: https://www.iostopan.com/pens/

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