This hide journal has 160 pages of Eden Grove Laid paper, 90 gsm, 10 sections and 2 flax end papers hand sewn with Coates barbour .
The hide (men's boot grade) is from the Tasman Tannery, Wanganui. I have blocked the word 'Journal' in silver foil. The natural skin has a tanning mark on the edge that I have featured.
This hide note book was made by Debra. She sewed the 10 sections, sewed the flax end papers, trimmed the shape of hide and chose the dome closure. I made an impression in the leather using a piece of lead ornament from the letterpress collection.
The students have folded their chosen end paper (card), folded with bamboo folder, now gluing onto the front and back of the section. Pressure is applied by pressing down while leaning over the pages and pushing with the heel of your hand.
The students were set the task of folding their paper with a bamboo folder. This gives a sharp strong edge on the spine. After folding, 12 sheets are tucked into each other, that becomes a section. The section is then drilled with a brad awl 3 times and the pages sewn and tied in the middle.
Married to Allison for 45 years, 3 sons, David, Russell and Paul. I have been primary school teaching in New Zealand for 32 years and for the last 11 years have been developing a Book Art Studio, Library, Art Gallery and substantial warehouse of printmaking equipment and materials. We have a Letterpress Printing and Bookbinding Museum that is a working collection. I have invented an A4 relief printing press and an A3 hydraulic printing press that I manufacture and sell throughout New Zealand with sales into 5 countries overseas. Allison and I have written, illustrated, set, printed, bound and published over 100 titles of artist books.