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An exceedingly complex book of shadows that incorporates many different symbols requested by my customer including a very high-relief carved pentagram, ankh, and eye.  So much time went into creating the raised designs on the front and back covers.  The high-relief carvings on the front were carved from separate pieces of binders board set into a recessed area on the cover.  The raised leather detail surrounding the eye was created from layers of thin board and covered with hand pared red British book calf, waxed to intensify the color.  Perhaps the most unique feature of this book is the permanently-attached wrap-around leather flap that both conceals and protects the cover.  A hole had to be precisely cut through the wrap to reveal the eye on the front cover.  Challenging!  The natural edge of the leather was left on the edge of the flap for a natural look.  Raised cords on the spine, marbled endpapers, and satin ribbon page markers contribute to the classic feel of this book.  My customer also sent me some great artwork for the printed title page that had a hand-calligraphy look.  A custom clamshell box was created to further protect the book.  I love this one and love my customer on this project who both pushed me and let me try new techniques.

 

 

custom burgundy leather book of shadows with pentacle pentagram and ankh with eye

 

complex book of shadows

     

- page size 9 and 1/4" wide by 11" tall 

- 200 pages (400 page sides to write on)

- pages are archival off-white paper

- printed title page

- seven satin ribbon page markers

- marbled endpapers

- cover is red pigskin leather over carved binder's board

- raised pentacle and ankh on front cover covered with hand pared burgundy pigskin leather and accented with dark wax in the recessed areas

- cover wrap is burgundy goatskin leather lined with pigsuede

- resin taxidermy eye on front with hand pared red goatskin leather surround detail

- raised cords on spine

- spine cords outlined in pewter foil

- leather wrap closes with chrome stud closures

- custom clamshell box

- clamshell box covered in charcoal linen book cloth

- decoration on front cover added using a custom metal die, hot foil stamping, and pewter stamping foil

- approximately $950 (book)

- approximately $175 (box)

 

custom burgundy leather intricate book of shadows with pentacle ankh and wrap cover back

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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custom burgundy leather book of shadows with pentacle ankh eye symbols carved front detail

 

custom burgundy leather book of shadows with pentacle ankh eye symbols back cover with wrap on

 

custom burgundy leather book of shadows with pentacle ankh eye symbols back cover symbols

 

custom burgundy leather book of shadows with pentacle ankh eye symbols spine

 

custom burgundy leather book of shadows with pentacle ankh eye symbols marbled endpapers

 

custom burgundy leather book of shadows with pentacle ankh eye symbols printed title page

 

custom burgundy leather book of shadows with pentacle ankh eye symbols gray clamshell box closed

 

custom burgundy leather book of shadows with pentacle ankh eye symbols gray clamshell box open

 

 

 

This very large book of shadows was ordered by a customer who requested a raised pentacle on the front with a large eye in the center of a "vortex".  It took several weeks to figure out and carve this design, but I think I was able to get pretty close to my customer's request.  The book was so large that the only type of taxidermy eye that looked right on this scale was an elephant eye.  I like the unique grouping of the raised bands on the spine and the subtle pewter lines as the only foil accent.

 

custom oversized black leather book of shadows with pentacle pentagram and elephant eye

 

oversized book of shadows with pentacle and eye

     

- page size 12" wide by 15" tall

- I will not list the number of pages on this book since it is over the maximum number of pages I will currently put in a book; currently the maximum number of pages a book can have (if made by me) is 400 (800 page sides to write on)

- pages are archival off-white paper

- cover is black pigskin leather over carved binder's board

- resin taxidermy elephant eye on cover

- raised cords on the spine

- spine cords outlined in pewter foil

- approximately $850

 

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custom black leather book of shadows with pentacle and eye front detail

 

custom black leather book of shadows with pentacle and eye front eye detail

 

custom black leather book of shadows with pentacle and eye flat

 

custom black leather book of shadows with pentacle and eye spine

 

This book of shadows took several months to complete, due, in part, to the carving of the green man on the front cover.  See the various steps for that carving to the right.  My customer wanted a raised green man design on the front cover, raised cords on the spine, and carved (recessed) elemental symbols on the back cover.  The quote, in silver, on the front is a good one, "The priviledge of a lifetime is being who you are" - Joseph Campbell.  You can see me holding the book for scale.

 

custom leather green man book of shadows

 

green man book of shadows

     

- page size 12" square

- 300 pages (600 page sides to write on)

- pages are archival off-white blank paper

- three grosgrain ribbon page markers

- cover is rust brown pigskin leather over carved binder's board

- raised cords on spine

- spine cords outlined in brown pigment

- lettering on cover added using moveable metal type, hot foil stamping, and silver stamping foil

- approximately $720

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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custom rust leather book of shadows with carved green man and elemental symbols whole cover

 

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custom rust leather book of shadows with carved green man and elemental symbols back cover

 

custom rust leather book of shadows with carved green man and elemental symbols spine

 

custom rust leather book of shadows with carved green man and elemental symbols with bookbinder Tedra Ashley-Wannemuhler

 

 

 

This book of shadows was a true collaboraion between me and my customer.  He commissioned this volume for his wife's birthday and he put so much time into gathering the components of this book.  He gathered all the symbolism (but left it to me as to how to incorporate it all).  These elements included a silver moon phase pendant with a moonstone, celtic knots, tiny silver charms for the end of each ribbon page marker, sticks from a rowan tree in their backyard, elemental symbols, and the moon phases.  Even locks of hair from family members were secreted into the spine during the binding.  The icing on the cake was the gorgeous wooden storage chest he obtained for this book and lots of ceremonial objects.

 

custom red leather wiccan book of shadows

 

red leather wiccan book of shadows

     

- page size roughly 9" square

- roughly 300 pages (600 page sides to write on)

- archival off-white pages

- multiple thin light gray satin ribbon page markers with tiny attached silver charms

- cover is red pigskin leather over carved binder's board

- front cover included inset silver elements including a silver moon phase celtic knot with a moonstone

- crescent moons added to front cover using a custom metal die, hot foil stamping, and pewter stamping foil

- front cover design is echoed on the back cover with the addition of inset rowan twigs in a petacle design

- carved celtic knots on the front cover

- lettering on spine added using moveable metal type, hot foil stamping, and silver stamping foil

- such a one-of-a-kind gift with so many elements contributed by my customer can only be quoted on a per-order basis

 

 

custom red leather book of shadow's box customer wooden storage chest


 

custom red leather book of shadows customer wooden storage chest open

 

custom red leather wiccan book of shadows with moon phases moonstone celtic knots and pentacle front cover

 

custom red leather wiccan book of shadows with moon phases moonstone celtic knots and pentacle front cover detail

 

custom red leather wiccan book of shadows with moon phases moonstone celtic knots and pentacle back cover detail

     
     
     

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