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  Hand crafted journals and notebooks - Everett, Washington / Taking commissions


Finished rustic walnut notebook.

I’ve been wanting to make some more of these zipper notebooks for a while so it was nice to connect with @finitelanguages and get some of these in the works.


When selecting lumber I look for offcuts, or pieces labeled as “rustic”. This is generally viewed as a lower grade since it contains “flaws” such as knot holes, worm holes, cracks, warp, or varies in thickness throughout the board. Since I only work with small portions of these boards at a time, it allows me to use these characteristics as focal points.

Most every piece I made starts from raw materials and are refined through various. Today’s project started with a solid 1” x 5” x 6’ board, planed down to ¼” thickness. The edges of these pieces are still raw and will need to be sanded down.

Digging through the archives today. Sometimes I wish I could view where the things I’ve made have come to rest. I wonder if they have lived a full life of use or are collecting dust on a shelf.

New piece of leather from @maverickleather down in bend. This is a “waxed culatta” from Horween Leather and as I understand it was originally from the Essex line and then given a wax finish. 2 mm full grain vegetable tan leather; doesn’t get much better when it comes to durability.

I suppose this one would fall under the “cute” category.
3”x 4” cocobolo notebook.

Another artist of note! Daniel of @turningsmithstudios does an incredible job not only in wood turning but various other wood works as well. Not deserving of a pen this nice, made from African ebony. 😍

Just received this beautiful live edge rosewood stitching awl from @nash_anonymous. Outstanding craftsmanship and presentation. Looking forward to using this!

Python print embossed leather journal

Binding: purple 4 ply Irish waxed linen thread

Closure: ¼” leather strap in 5 oz black veg tan leather

Dimensions: 5" x 7" x 1.5"

Weight: 17.5 oz
Pages: 400 pages

Medium: 24# Cotton blend writing paper

As much as I enjoy creating, this is my true element!

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