**Note: this will be my last post for a little bit as I will be on the road to Idaho and Washington for the next week or so with no interwebs.** Though I've known Jim for five years (we actually met at the very same conference to which we are now driving) and have spent countless hours admiring his books, they still blow my mind. They were the first bindings I ever saw that really made me want to pick up and explore more than visually, the kind of objects that made you simply say: Gimme that. They still have that effect on me, and every time I have the pleasure of Jim's company I make him dig out his little hard suitcases full of bindings from the deepest recesses of his van (so they don't get too hot) just so I can relive that experience all over again. For those of you unfamiliar with Jim's work, he specializes in making contemporary gothic bindings (sewn on double raised bands, wooden boards, clasps, etc.) from the raw materials. By raw materials I mean growing the flax to make his paper and spin his thread, splitting and curing his wood for the covers, shaping his own clasps, and making his own leather; hundreds if not thousands of hours go in to his books (just look at those hands), and in my opinion the result speaks for itself!! Just take a moment and 😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍, and then swipe left to contemplate the amazingness with the Jim himself.