Volume 10 - Autumn 2000


Product & Company News


Seasonal factors, coupled with organisational changes at our principal supplier of raw skins has meant that we have had some difficulties in sourcing sufficient material to maintain normal production levels of calf leathers during the last few months. As a result, our stock levels have become depleted and delivery times for some orders have been extended. We are delighted to announce, however, that we have now located a promising alternative source and the supply of material appears to be secure, at least in the medium term. We offer our apologies to any customers who have had to wait longer than usual, and to thank them for bearing with us. Finding raw skins of a suitable and consistent quality remains as one of our greatest challenges. This is especially so in the case of a leather type such as Aniline Bookcalf, where no surface coating is applied and even the slightest blemish will be visible on the finished leather. In addition, external factors can cause severe fluctuations in skin availability, for instance, health scares, changing consumer demand for meat products and international trading regulations will all influence the market. (A good example of the last of these is that we are no longer allowed to bring Japanese pigskins into Europe.)

Credit Cards

As well as Amex, MasterCard and Visa, we are now also accepting payments by Switch, Visa Delta, JCB and Electron. These new cards may be used on all orders placed online, by telephone, in writing or by fax.

Guild of Bookworkers

This year's Guild of Bookworkers annual Standards of Excellence conference is being held in Salt Lake City, Utah. The dates are from 5th - 8th October. In conjunction with the conference, and in the same location, there will be a trade fair at which Hewits will be represented. If you are in the area, we would love to see you on our stand. Further details are available from David Lanning at the London Office.

Awards and Prizes

With the Summer almost over, we are once again delighted to announce the student award winners of this years J. Hewit & Sons prizes. Our warmest congratulations go to this years winners.

Athina Makri won the 1st year Forwarding Prize
London College of Printing
Part-Time BTEC HND in Design Binding

Courtney Gregwah won the 2nd year Forwarding Prize
London College of Printing
Part-Time BTEC HND in Design Binding

Phillipa Harvey won the Best Calf Binding award
Guildford College of Further & Higher Education
Diploma in Fine Binding

Courtney Gregwah was awarded his prize at the London College of Printing at Elephant and Castle in South London on the 28th June. This is the second Hewit prize that he has been awarded; last year he received the 1st year forwarding prize!

New Style Agate Burnishers

New Agate Burnishers now in stock. We have now received our initial stock of the new and improved Agate Burnishers. We can supply two alternative shapes, Flat and Dog-Tooth. The improved designs have smoother edges to assist in preventing unwanted scratches and marks appearing. Both shapes are available @ £28.88 each

Prices are subject to delivery charges (and vat @ 17.5% for EU orders)




Skin Deep - Volume 10 - Autumn 2000

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