Handcrafted in Scotland Using Scottish Materials
The beauty of handmade is that we can give personal attention to every book that passes through our hands. To be able to offer quantity as well as quantity we use some machine-bound book blocks (the pages), giving us more time to devote to crafting original, artisan-quality covers.
Perhaps you have your own idea for a book design? You can view our available materials & the different colours we have in stock on our Pinterest Swatches board. Take inspiration from our collections including our Bespoke Collection to see these materials in use. Contact us to discuss your book. We'd love to hear from you.
It's hard to think of Scotland without also thinking of tartan. Scottish materials have always been important to us & the tartans we use are milled in Scotland. Search for your tartan on our supplier's website where you'll find a vast range of clan & special tartans. We'll order in your family tartan for you. We advise adding leather or metal corners to your book or album which will stop the tartan from fraying.
Harris Tweed is the ultimate artisan material. Handwoven in the Outer Hebrides, the colours are inspired by the unique hues of the beautiful Scottish island scenery. It's the most tactile of materials with its homespun wool and loose weave. Paired with leather or our antique brass metal corners to prevent fraying, Harris Tweed adds a warm, vintage look and feel to your book or album. And it lasts a lifetime.
We keep a number of different tweeds in stock. If there's a particular tweed you're after, we're happy to buy it in for you for an extra fee (£18). Take a look at our supplier's website for inspiration.
This is leather at its most natural and robust. We use this leather for our wraparound notebooks which make the most of the leather's natural beauty, both the top and undersides remaining visible. The topsides are treated in a variety of ways to produce different effects such as matt or shiny, grained or smooth. The undersides are a lovely soft suede. We use leathers expertly tanned in Scotland.
Bonded leather is recycled from leather pieces, making it a great sustainable material. Unlike full-grain leather, bonded leather doesn't need paring (the process of shaving down the underside until it's thin enough to glue onto cover boards). We use bonded leather for spines and corners as well as for covering full books and albums & some of our wraparound books too.
The most widely used material for covering books, bookcloth comes in a vast array of colours as well as a number of different textures. We use linen-effect sand-coloured bookcloth for our baby albums for that natural look and feel. Bright rayon bookcloth is a fantastic contrast for notebook spines. Bookcloth is a great choice for pairing with marble or decorative paper or bonded leather. Because it's a thin material, we don't advise combining boothcloth with tweed or tartan.
We use English marble papers, painted by hand on 115gsm wove paper. There are often small inconsistencies in the paint, making each paper unique.
These papers are printed by combining hand-painted & machine techniques.
We stock a mix of 19th century & Italian reproduction papers.