The Old ClaymoreThis is a creation dedicated to the magnificent Scottish sword of old. The long and mighty Claymore. The Old Claymore belonged to a young lad known as Hilt. He lived in the foothills of the countryside north of the most dominate clan in the region. He was a shy fellow with only a father and two older sisters. His mother had passed at his birth, but had left him her fathers' hammer. Her family was known for their skills of smithing. He grew up to be one of the most skillful smithies of his time. He had skillfully created the weapons of clan leaders from far and wide. None told of the origin of their mighty swords that led them into battle over the years. They had signed a pact of secrecy which was in their contract upon commissioning. Their swords were works of art that possessed powerful magical properties. Powers of the clan could be magnified through the leaders sword and strike a most damaging blow. One that could change the outcome of the clans future and the demise of another. Those leaders that did not possess a sword smithed by Hilt were surly to fall out of history. To this day, all clans have an origin of a Claymore that has determined their very existence. This book is the journal of the once magnificent Hilt. It contains the detailed plans of each sword created in his lifetime. It also contains a list of clan leaders that no longer exist. The only connection as to why they do not, is listed within the deep pages of the journal. Those that wanted Hilt to create them a sword, but not follow his guidelines or attempted to betray him, paid dearly with their lives. They were struck down by the private sword of Hilt. The spine of his journal is the only image of that sword which he proudly named, The Old Claymore. 5x9 leather journal with simple line tooling and front decorative handle. Embellished with gold accents, hand sewn headbands and decorative thistle end sheets with a contrast trim and forest green leaf. Three cord spine with a decorated raised claymore sword. The cover is signed by Hilt in Pictish an old form northern scottish writing.
The Poor Monks Journal6x9 two tone pieced leather journal with parchment for the text block and marbled paper for the end sheet. Off-set 3 cord spine and hand sewn headbands. Not a hand crafted cradle book. Not gilded with gold or intricately lined with filigree. Just a simple two toned leather journal to keep all his thoughts as he traveled the back roads of Europe from north of the Alps to the south of Italy. Monachito was a stout old fellow with a kind heart and the never-ending desire for good company and a tall ale. He spent most of his life venturing from village to village befriending the locals and assisting the elderly. He loved to laugh and had a soothing voice. He never found himself confronted with troublemakers, for he was quick to veer those of ill thoughts with humor and interesting conversation. He had many friends across the European lands, some quite famous. From artists to architects, royalty to politicians, he mingled with all, for he was a fair truthful soul. He spoke several languages, quite well in fact and was a master at the art of scribing and grammar. Monachito lived a long happy life full of adventure helping others and bringing joy to all he passed. For hundreds years he lived and scribed all his wonderful adventures within his little journal. At least that is the legend. Deep within the underground tunnels of a monastery is a grand library of old books from many different centuries. Some are chained to there shelf, others kept under lock and key, for they are bound in fine leather and decorated with the rarest of gems and precious metals. There is one book though that rests far in the back, ignored and covered in dust. It does not have the beauty of the others that are proudly displayed, polished and cleaned. It has been forgotten and has sat undisturbed for hundreds of years. It is the adventures of Monachito. Within it holds the stories of some of the most famous figures in history and some secrets that may never be revealed, for judging a book by its cover seals it in mystery for eternity.
Gozbin Stilts Tally LedgerDeep underground amongst the Tunnels of Numell resides a mining rest hole called Gozbin Stilts.The inn, tucked back into a cove of the tunnel is constructed of long knarled wooden stilts and migshift soot stained scraps. Gozbin stilts is filled with villians, skow creatures and thugs alike. A most dangerous place that most would avoid for evil witchcraft resides over the rest hole. Dispite it's reputation, travelers of the tunnel welcome the chance to rest and fill thier bellies with food and ale, for no other place exists within the tunnel which stretches a distance of three days hike in either direction. Not to mention that if you venture the hundreds of side tunnels and become lost, your fate is sealed for demons of the underworld are not so welcoming to strangers or the foolishly lost. The Tally Ledger is a marvelous record of many past travelers and thier adventures. The ledger holds the names of those as far back as twelve hundred years. Some of the most famous of the Gollumeth continent have signed this ledger and spent time traveling through the mysterious Tunnels of Numell. All must sign the ledger that venture down below, for to not sign is to not leave. Ever. 5.5x11.5 Handmade Journal. Italian goats leather with hand sewn headbands and marbled paper for the end sheets. Paneled covers with a double cord spine and beveled edges. Off white paper for the text block and lightly tooled and buffed to a low sheen.
Lord Bizarro's Forbidden ChronicleThis is a 7x10.5 Alpine green leather Journal. White drawing paper for the text block and handmade marbled paper for the end sheets. Hand sewn headbands and decorative inlays, Handmade clasps with aged gold clasps and gold paint accents. Rounded spine with a 2-1-2 cord configuration for extra support.
Plumbody SketchinoffThis is a 5.5x7.5 leather journal with an old world feel. The text block contains bright white drawing paper with a copper painted edge. Hand sewn headbands and handmade marbled paper. Decorative aged filigree on all corners with simple line tooling. Aged plum leather and distressed to give it an older look.
Three Panel TannerThis is a commission of an 8x10 leatherbound journal with three panels on the front and back. Hand sewn headbands, deep red bookmark with a fork-tongue, handmade marbled paper, High quality white drawing paper for the text block and buffed out to give it that perfect ages look.
Royal RapscallionThis is a 8x10 bone colored leather journal with an innocently deceiving royal touch. Hand-swen headbands and hand-marbled paper for the end sheets. Simple tooling and a framed out centerpiece. Parchment paper for the text-block and buffed to a low sheen. Great for jotting down all your mischievous schemes and secretive intentions.
Hasenpfeffer JournalThis is a 6x9 rich brown leather-bound journal with decorative raised paneling and a 3 cord spine. It contains a blue/silver painted head and tail on the text block and hand-sewn headbands. Natural parchment writing paper for the text block and marbled paper for the end sheets. Finished off with a light buffing of paraffin wax to give it a soft sheen.
SherwoodThis is a 8x10 rich chocolate brown leather journal. It's filled with over 275 pages of natural parchment paper and embellished with hand marbled paper for the end-sheets. Hand sewn head bands and simple line tooling. Decorative gold painting and filigree.
Cartographer's JournalThis solid two tone leather journal is filled with over 260 pages of cream 24lb. writing paper. Dark green marbled goats leather for the spine and a light tan elk for the remainder. Simple line tooling and decorative studs and framed inset of a directional piece. The head and tail have a blood red coating and topped off with a burnt gold top layer. Hand marbled paper for the inside end sheets and complimented orange to start and finish the text block. 7.5x11.5
Triton's DeepThis is a 6x9 Rich Italian leather bound journal with decorative silver and brass filigree. It contains a sturdy three cord supported spine and hand sewn headbands. The interior contains 90lb watercolor paper and hand marbled end sheets . Simple line tooling and solid as a brick.
Victorian Black Widow Kill Counting JournalThis is the last creation in my Victorian Monster Series. The Journal is 8x10.5 and filled with 292 hand numbered pages of Parchment. A five cord spine with hand sewn head bands and rich red hand marbled paper with a web design. I used black napa leather and inset a red Black Widow hourglass shape of Italian goats leather. Embellished the journal with a Victorian Steampunk design and hand painted the finishing touches. The red silk bookmark ribbon is attached to a chain at the top and anchored with a real black widow encased in an oval resin gem. Finally I lightly coated it with paraffin wax and buffed it out.
Tangerine OceanThis is a 6x9 quarter bound journal with antique laid writing paper for the text block. Delicious chocolate brown italian goats leather on the spine with some simple line tooling. Hand sewed head bands and hand marbled paper and book edges. Midnight blue speckled paper for the end sheets and finished off with some bordering studs on the front and the back.
Jewish BibleThis is a commission of a jewish bible. It is 8.5x12 and is 1.5 in. thick. I used elk leather and per the customer I have placed a stone in the center which is from Jerusalem and has the same color as Solomon's Temple. The spine is furnished with seven cords and the covers are embellished with twelve studs and gold decorative hand painting. Simple line tooling and marbled paper for the End sheets. Hand sewn headbands and a purple bookmark is sewn into the spine and anchored at the bottom with a decorative metal filigree.
De Rerum NaturaThis is a translated copy of (De Rerum Natura), On the Nature of Things, by Titus Lucretious Cerus, 50 BCE I have always wanted a copy of this, but did not want a standard paperback version from the bookstore. I wanted a copy bound in leather and embellished to stand out on its own. This creation is 9.5x11.25 and has over 300 pages which contain all six books
The EnchiridionThis is my attempt to bring the cartoon Enchiridion to life. This Adventure Time piece is straight out of the episode that is also named The Enchiridion. I used Italian goats leather for this piece. It contains natural parchment paper for the text block and has red hand sewn head bands and red end-sheet paper. I have included the three ribbons and inserted additional pages to replicate the look. I added real gems and hand carved some of them to fit. The cover has the front symbol which is a raised inlay. 9 W x 11.25 H
Shepard's JournalThis is a commission of a journal from the Disney movie, Atlantis-The Lost Empire. This one took some time to make because there was not much to go off of. A lot of research went into this one to get it to come out as accurate and durable as possible. It contains over 300 pages of natural parchment and is bound in Italian goats leather. It is framed in metal and embellished with a gold centerpiece emblem. The spine is supported by a finial rod that the purchaser had machined to match the original from the movie. The journal is finished of with a workable clasp, aged and buffed out to a low sheen.
Floral JournalThis is a 6x9 leather journal that was commissioned. It has a floral inlay centerpiece and simple line tooling. The leather was aged and finished off with some gold accents. Green natural latik paper for the end sheet, hand sewn headbands, and natural antique writing paper for the text block.
Grim ReaperThis is a commission I just finished. The theme is about time. I created this with the specific direction of the client. It is a 6x9 black leather journal with four supported cords, hand sewn headbands, decorative archival anatomy illustrations for the end sheets and inlays and de-bossing for the covers. The grim reaper is on the front and an hour glass is on the back to signify time is up. I created the text block with high quality drawing paper and a silver bookmark ribbon which is hand sewn into the spine. Finished off with simple line tooling, silver highlights and buffed out with paraffin wax.
Black MambaThis is a commission I just finished. The buyer was very specific to the details and this is the outcome. I am pleased with the results. This is a thick 9x10 black leather watercolor journal with 6 supported cords on the spine and hand sewn headbands of black and red. The clasps were handmade and the centerpiece was supplied. Fitted with silver nail studs to bulk it up and solid red textured end sheets to carry the color into the book.
Tarot Translation JournalThis is a large 9x11 leather bound journal with decorative filigree and framed paneling. It has been hand painted and treated with a patina solution. It contains hand sewn head bands, handmade marbled paper and a lightly stained head and tail on the text block. The cover contains the four aces of the tarot deck (Cups, Swords, Wands & Pentacles) The back cover contains the (Death) card signifying the end. This one has over 350 pages of cream paper and a strong supported cord spine. : 22 x 27cm (WxH)
Deadly NightshadeA 6x9 fully blacked out leather bound journal with over 250 pages to log your nightmares. Just about everything on this is black with the exception of the marbled paper which is a grey and black design on antique white stock. The text block is a quality black card stock which is hand sewn with black thread. The cover is wrapped in high grade black Nappa leather and fitted with the inset warning of the skull and cross-bones. Raised paneling on the front and true supported cord on the spine. Hand sewn head bands with black silk thread and even the gluing that was done, was with a black tar colored PVC glue. : 15 x 22cm (WxH)
Constable Hinsley's Tracking JournalNo crime will go unsolved, nor the criminal flee all the farther with Constable Hinsley heading the case. This is a 5.5x8.5 Napa leather journal with diamond inlays and a centerpiece shield filigree. Hand sewn headbands, marbled paper for the end-sheets and antique paper for the text block. : 13 x 21cm (WxH)
Dr. Prometheus Evergreen's BloodDr. Prometheus Evergreen was a struggling french mathematician that was fascinated with biology. He created a formula that could be introduced to a person's blood and would allow the cells to intake more oxygen. It also gave the body miraculous abilities. Heightened sight, hearing, strength, speed, and the ability to heal rapidly. Abilities that the human species was not able to handle, for these abilities are within others from far away that are far more advanced and evolved. Dr. Prometheus was hit with a sense of fear, for if the military got their hands on this, it would surely be used in the field. His fear was fueled by the fact that forty-one attempts to perfect this serum had ended with side-effects that transformed his body into a disfigured creature. He hides this behind his clothing during the day, but as night falls, the remainder transforms into something from another world. This 6x9 leather journal I present, is the forty-second serum sample. It is the final journal that contains the perfected serum. He gave this book to his youngest daughter Odessa and pleaded with her to never reveal it to another soul. He had cured his disfigurement and now, was more advanced. Unfortunately, the heightened senses eventually drove him mad. He could not distinguish between fantasy and reality and never gained control of his own strength. The abilities began to multiply and now turned to ailments. Two months after he gave his daughter the journal, he took his own life. This journal was found in a top secret file hidden away on a military base one-hundred and forty years later. How ironic that Odessa would join the military as a nurse and work her way up to top secret clearance. She worked on some of the most secretive biological experiments during World War I & II. Lot NO.42 was one of them. : 15 x 22cm (WxH)
Sir George McFiggles Wandering JournalWhen George was a young lad of 12, his father lie on his death bed barely holding on. George never left his side and was given the gift of magnificent stories of far off places that fear and excite alike. Just shortly before his father's passing, he was given a wonderful compass journal. His father told him in his frail, but determined voice to travel the world and experience life to it's fullest. This treasure has followed George everywhere he has gone for the last 39 years. The compass he religiously treasures is in fact a magical compass that takes you to anywhere you wish simply by closing your eyes and thinking of the location. A wonderful treasure that George has kept a well guarded secret. Of all the places he ventured to and all the experiences that were put before him, something seemed to be missing. A feeling. An emotion. He just couldn't figure it out. Until the day he fell helplessly in love. Her name was Delilah and her beauty far exceeded anything George had ever seen. She was like a magnet to his heart and he longed to be with her. George was the best thing to ever come into Delilah's life. He completed her. By his side, she experienced endless adventures beyond anything she could of have ever imagined. Together they had truly lived as bonded souls. George, a loving and faithful husband, died just days after their 46th year anniversary at the age of 97. Delilah took the compass journal and placed it away for safe keeping. Years went by and Delilah, now the age of 80, was so tired and lonely. She missed her sweet loving George and frequently thought of their wonderful adventures. On a cold December evening, Delilah lie on her bed with the compass journal pressed against her heart. She slowly closed her eyes and softly spoke beneath her breath. I'm am on my way sweet George. Our new adventures begin. : 17 x 25cm (WxH)
Lady Elizabeth's War HammerThis is a tall 7x11 Red Leather Journal. It has a raised panel front and paneled spine. This one is fitted with a decorative filigree that has been recessed in the center and pyramid studs on the corners. The inside text-block is high quality white drawing paper and the the head and tail have hand-sewn headbands. Paraffin coated marbled paper for the end-sheets and a rounded back with four supported cords. : 2012 : 17 x 27cm (WxH)
1888In the year of 1888, London was terrified by an illusive killer that was never caught. He was named Jack the Ripper. This 5x7 Leather bound journal has over 250 pages of cream paper for the text block. The cover is decorated with simple line tooling, hand painted fleurishes and fitted with a decorative patina filigree. The book has a three cord spine and hand sewn head bands. The inside end sheets are a replica of an actual letter Jack the Ripper wrote to the police boasting about his killings. : $110.00
Crimson StudThis is a bright red leather journal with decorative studs and diamond inlays. It is a commissioned piece that is 7x10 with hand sewn headbands and marbled paper end sheets. High quality art paper for the text block and a coat of paraffin wax for a slight sheen. : 17 x 25cm (WxH)
Sacre Bleu!This is a 6x9 royal blue leather bound journal with a center diamond shaped filigree. Simple line tooling on the covers, hand sewn headbands and a five cord supported spine. The text block is a natural parchment and the inside end sheets are an original decorative 1940's wall covering design. : 15 x 22cm (WxH)
Warlock Spell Book
Victorian Ouija Board Spirit JournalThis one took some time to create. Encased in a beautiful Italian goats leather hand tooled. I created a Planchette and designed a Ouija board that is on the inside cover. The planchette is chained to the back cover and is connected on the front to a magnetic facet. The text block is 8.5x11 and the finished size is 8.75x11.25 It contains marbled edges on the head, tail and fore-edge of the text block. The text block is a soft cream color. Hand sewn head bands and raised embellishments finish off this mysterious creation. : 26 x 20cm (WxH)
Three Panel Tanner8x10 journal commission
Diamond Brand Panel
Dead Gypsy JournalA 6x9 Dead Gypsy journal with over 300 pages of natural parchment paper throughout. This one is decorated with inlays and simple line tooling. Some stamping and decorative corner pieces that were aged with a patina solution. Yellow and black silk headbands and a sewn in chain bookmarker with a skull on the end to weigh it down. Handmade marbled paper for the endsheets and the center is fixed with a flying winged skull representing the constant move and mystery of the gypsy magic. : 15 x 22cm (WxH)
Nautical Travel Journal6x9 Aged leather bound journal with raised panels and a strong 7 corded spine. Handmade marbled paper for the inside covers and natural parchment for the text block. A maroon silk bookmark ribbon sewn into the spine and simple line tooling.
Key Port LedgerThis is a 4.75x8.75 leather-bound journal with three supported cords and decorative filigree. The inside text block is antique laid writing paper and the end sheets are handmade marbled paper. Simple line tooling and coated and buffed out with paraffin wax.
OctavioI introduce, Octavio. The curious sea creature of the deep that makes an occasional appearance when sailors and fishermen pass through his waters. This 6x9 leather bound journal is decorated with simple line tooling and gold leaf paint. It boasts handmade marbled paper and a mixed text block of white drawing paper and parchment for writing. Hand sewn head bands and an anchor on a chain for a bookmark that is connected at the top.
Alia Wizardry Spell Book
Dream Catcher Journal
Dark Forest Journal
Moon Phase LycanthropyThis is a 17th century style leather bound journal with 90lb. watercolor paper for the text block. It contains hand marbled paper for the end sheets and hand sewn headbands that are patterned black and red. The leather is a rich chocolate brown goats skin and contains a beautiful grain. The cover is fitted with decorative embellishments pertaining to Lycanthropy including an inset centerpiece and an inset moon phase. The inscriptions are written in ancient Runes text. The head of the book is fitted with a bookmark chain that is anchored with a silver bullet. The books finished size is 7.5x11. The inside text block is 7.25x10.75 and is 1.5 inches thick. : 20 x 27cm (WxH)
Journal de la Victoria
Knights Templar Travel JournalThis is a Knights Templar Travel Journal. It contains a rich tan Italian Goats leather, recessed inlays and decorative filigree cross for the center piece and corners. Simple line tooling and double cord spine. Hand sewn headbands and paraffin coated Batik end-sheets. The text block is 90lb cold press watercolor paper with hand deckled edges and the head and tail of the text block is decorated with a textured imprint stripe. Finished size is, 6.5x9.25 The inside front end-sheet is decorated with the latin motto, (IN HOC SIGNO VINCES), which means... In This Sign You Will Conquer : 15 x 22cm (WxH)
Le Créme BrûléeThis is a cute 5.25"x7" watercolor journal with a creamy finish. Filled with 90lb. coldpress watercolor paper and high quality drawing paper for painting and sketching your ideas. Orange cream goats leather with hand sewn headbands. A decorative patina filigree as the fore-edge opener and simple line tooling and gold accents. Handmade marbled paper for the end sheets and a deckled edge text block. : 12 x 17cm (WxH)
Nautical Steam Punk Captains JournalThis is a Steam-Punk journal with a center inlay . Hand bound in italian goats leather. Natural Parchment for the text block and hand marbled paper for the end sheets. Hand sewn headbands and simple line tooling. : 15 x 22cm (WxH)
The Realm of Salama Spell BookThis is the notorious dark spell book that Taltneph Sister discovered and secretly studied. It is also the book that got them banished to the Forest of Crys, in the actual Realm of Salama where they still reside to this day. (From my fantasy novel, Gollumeth-The Bloodline of Horredath) This book has each page hand aged and stamped with the pages numbered, from 1 to 403. Hand sewn endbands and handmade clasps. The lock was created from a fellow that I will be purchasing from again. His locks are awesome. I finished off the inside with end sheets of my own marbled paper. : 21 x 25cm (WxH)
Thin Ice BarnabyThis is a 6x9 quarter-bound journal with two thicknesses of cream paper inter-mixed in the text block. Light brown Italian goats leather with decorative tooling and supported with a textured four cord spine. Hand sewn head-bands of off-white and royal blue. silk thread. Finished off with a blue ice vein paper that is coated with parafin and flows from the outside to the inside end-sheets. : 15 x 22cm (WxH)
This is a collection of my traditional period bookbinding creations. Every creation is one of a kind.