​WELLS Journal I – A Handmade Journal, Bound in Blue Goatskin, Tooled in Gold and Fitted with Silver


The Wells Journals are a humble set of blank books ready to be part of a new home in the first months of the new year. 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 two cotton tapes, 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 two layers of millboard and are flush with the book edges, which are sprinkled with a solution of methylene blue.


The book is bound with a fine quality, azure 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 structure is attached over the covers, as well as the book spine, reminiscent of Byzantine methodology but using leather instead of a cotton weave.


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. The gold tooling is done with 23.5 carat gold leaf. 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 conтrast 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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