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Tedra Ashley-Wannemuehler, bookbinder



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This album was created for a father whose daughter's middle name was "Poppy".  The poppy was carved from three separate pieces of binder's board, each one covered with hand-pared goatskin leather.  The carved striations in the petals were accented with black wax and the entire blossom was waxed to intensify the color of the leather.  The finished poppy was then attached to the cover in a slightly recessed area.

 

custom leather album poppy blossom on the water

 

poppy blossom on the water album

     

- page size 10" square

- 50 pages (100 page sides to mount photos on)

- page are acid-free off-white Arches cover 

- natural deckled edge of the paper left on the outer edge of each page

- printed title page

- mottled tan parchment-look endpapers

- cover is "antique" pattern blue cowhide leather over carved binder's board and tag board

- poppy blossom on cover carved from a separate piece of binder's board and covered with hand pared black and red goatskin leather

- approximately $420

 

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custom leather poppy blossom on the water album front cover

 

custom leather poppy blossom on the water album poppy detail

 

custom leather poppy blossom on the water album spine

 

This customer liked both my leaf-on-the-water cover designs as well as dragonflies, so both were incorporated into one cover.  Usually, the center of a water ripple design is on the front covers...here it is on the back with the dragonfly on the front.  The dragonfly has a carved, offset recessed area "under" him acting as a shadow on the surface of the water.

 

custom leather journal with dragonfly and leaf on the water

 

redbud leaf and dragonfly journal

     

- page size 7" wide by 8 and 1/2" tall

- 222 pages (444 page sides to write on)

- pages are acid-free off-white lined paper with light gray lines and college-ruled spacing

- soft teal blue endpapers

- cover is "antique" finish cow hide over carved binder's board

- raised cords on spine

- spine cords outlined in gold foil

- cover decorations added using custom metal dies, hot foil stamping, and gold stamping foil

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

- approximately $280

 

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custom leather dragonfly and water ring book with leaf on the water front

 

custom leather dragonfly and water ring book with leaf on the water dragonfly and shadow detail

 

custom leather dragonfly and water ring book with leaf on the water back cover

 

This cover was made to bind a book with printed pages.  My customer supplied the printed pages containing poetry he wrote for someone special and I sewed them together and created the heart-on-the-water design on the front cover.  The heart is carved from a separate piece of board and covered with hand pared burgundy goatskin leather; waxed to intensify the color.

 

blue leather heart on the water book

 

heart on the water poetry book

     

- page size roughly 6" wide by 9" tall

- pages were printed by my customer and oversewn by me on an oversewing machine

- blue swirl french marbled endpapers

- dark blue satin ribbon page marker

- cover is "antique" finish blue cow hide over carved binder's board

- heart on cover carved from a separate piece of binder's board and covered with hand pared burgundy goatskin leather

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

- approximately $190

 

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custom leather heart on the water book with water rings whole cover

 

custom leather heart on the water book with water rings front cover

 

custom leather heart on the water book with water rings front cover heart detail

 

custom leather heart on the water book with water rings marbled endpapers

 

This anniversary journal was created for an international couple (Japanese and American) to write in every year on their anniversary.  The cherry blossom, referencing the groom's Japanese heritage, was carved from a separate piece of binder's board and accented with burgundy wax and sliver pigment.  Elegant silver lettering was added to the spine.

 

custom journal cherry blossom on the water

 

cherry blossom on the water anniversary journal

     

- page size 9" square

- 100 pages (200 page sides to write on)

- page are archival white paper 

- printed title page

- dark blue satin ribbon page marker

- cover is "antique" finish cow hide over carved binder's board

- cherry blossom on cover carved from a separate piece of binder's board, covered with hand-pared light burgundy goatskin leather, and accented with burgundy ink and silver pigment

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

- approximately $295

 

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custom leather cherry blossom on the water book with water rings whole cover

 

custom leather cherry blossom on the water book with water rings flower detail

 

custom leather cherry blossom on the water book with water rings spine

 

My first order shipped to Tazmania!

This massive journal came with a very specific request.  My customer wanted a lily leaf on the water on the front cover and sent me a photo of the leaf he wanted.  I carved the leaf from a separate piece of binder's board and covered it with hand-pared green goatskin leather.  The finished leaf was set into a slightly recessed area on the cover in the center of the water ripples.  I will not make a book this thick anymore, but WILL go up to 400 pages in a book (800 page sides to write on).

 

custom journal leather lily eaf on the water

 

lily leaf on the water journal

     

- page size 8 and 1/2" wide by 11" tall

- no listing of the number of pages because this book is larger than my current maxium number of pages that I will do; the maximum number of pages I can have in a journal-style book is 400 (800 page sides to write on)

- pages are archival off-white paper

- cover is "antique" pattern blue cowhide over carved binder's board

- lily leaf on cover carved from a separate piece of binder's board and covered with hand-pared green goatskin leather

- approximately $675

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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custom leather lily leaf on the water book with water rings front cover

 

custom leather lily leaf on the water book with water rings front cover leaf detail 1

 

custom leather lily leaf on the water book with water rings front cover leaf detail 2

 

custom leather lily leaf on the water book with water rings front cover leaf detail 3

 

custom leather lily leaf on the water book with water rings spine

     
     
     

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