PASSAGE Journal IV – A Handmade Journal, Bound in Crimson Goatskin, Tooled in Blind and Gold and Fitted with a Silver Clasp


The Passage Journals are a humble set of small blank books in a bit exotic square format. Each is an object devoted to be of service to its owner, built portable and attractive to the eye. A true object of craft and a temple for your writings.




The book is sewn on two 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 two 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 brown 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 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. Some elements are made from Shibuichi, an alloy consisting of 25% Silver and 75% Copper. The movable part of the claps is reinforced with a small piece of Mahogany wood.


The journal is with dimensions of 12 x 11 x 3,5 cm or 4.7 x 4.3 x 1.4 inches.

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