Volume 16 - Autumn 2003


Product & Company News

Kraft Paper

We have just started selling a light weight Manila Kraft Paper for spine linings. Available in sheet sizes of 625 x 1000mm, long grain at 90gsm.


  • for 1-24 sheets - £0.42 each
  • for 25-49 sheets - £0.24 each
  • for 50-99 sheets - £0.21 each
  • for 100-499 sheets - £0.19 each
  • for 500+ sheets - £0.18 each

(subject to shipping and handling charges and VAT where applicable)

Topics in Conservation Science

The Library of Congress Preservation Directorate in partnership with the Folger Shakespeare Library presented a "Topics in Conservation Science" workshop covering Adhesive and Leather from September 29th until October 1st, 2003.

The leather portion ran for 2 days and was taken by our very own Roger Barlee and Roy Thomson of the Leather Conservation Centre. The topics covered were as follows:

  • A review of the history of leather.
  • The science of skin structure and tanning.
  • Deterioration and its causes (over the last 150 years).
  • Recent work on Archival tannages, summary of CRAFT Leather Project and an update on current research.
  • A lecture on the conservation of leather objects.
  • A lecture and discussion on leather conservation techniques

Roger will also be giving a cut down version of these lectures for the New England Chapter of the Guild of Book Workers at the Boston Athenaeum Club on Saturday 18th October.

Self-adhesive Felt

Our new adhesive backed felt is ideal for lining boxes and slipcases. As it is self-adhesive, its application to board and wood could not be easier. The felt is made from a mix of 70% viscose and 30% wool and is available in 6 attractive shades on roll widths of 900mm. The weight of the material is approximately 170gsm and it has a thickness of approximately 1.0mm. The adhesive is a high-tack modified acrylic transfer tape.


  • 0-29 metres - £6.04/metre
  • 30+ metres - £4.59/metre

Please contact us for a sample swatch.

(subject to shipping and handling charges and VAT where applicable)

Bookbinders Starter Pack

Due to demand, we are delighted to bring you the 'Bookbinders Starter Pack'. It contains the basic tools and materials that you will require to get you started in the ancient craft of bookbinding. Each pack will contain:

  • 4 x 0.5 metres Reliance Bookcloth - Red, Blue, Green, Black
  • 1 x metre No 1 Mull
  • 1 x 33 metre roll 10mm Cotton Sewing Tape
  • 1 x 50g skein Linen Thread
  • 1 x packet No 18 needles
  • 1 x No.14 Wooden Glue Brush
  • 1 x packet Cold Water Paste Powder
  • 1 x 6" pointed Bone Folder
  • 1 x Clip Point Knife, Damascus Steel
  • 1 x pair 6" scissors
  • 2 x half sheets Greyboard
  • 2 x sheets assorted Kaskad Paper
  • 2 x sheets assorted JHS Marble Paper

The items in this pack are valued at £44.73, but we are pleased to offer them for sale at £40.00.

(subject to shipping and handling charges and VAT where applicable)

Bangladeshi Calfskin Necks

We are pleased to offer these economical pieces of leather that are suitable for small leather goods, leather craft work and modelling, such as dolls, miniature saddles and bridles. The misshapen off-cuts are available as follows:

Rough Tanned

Average Skin Size: 0.28 sq.m. (3 sq.ft.)
Colours available: Natural, Dyed Black, Dyed Dark Brown and Dyed Tan
Standard Substance: 1.0 - 1.1mm
Price for single skins:

  • Natural - £2.50 per skin
  • Dyed - £3.00 per skin


'Fair' skins are also available as above, but we re-tan the skins with Sumac or Tara. We then soften and shave to 0.8mm to produce a beautiful, silky soft leather.

  • £8.00 per skin

Quantity discounts are available.

(subject to shipping and handling charges and VAT where applicable)

Thank You

Our warm thanks to all our customers and friends who contacted us with good wishes regarding our relocation to Edinburgh. Your kind thoughts were truly appreciated. There were a few 'hiccups' and minor delays in shipping orders during the two weeks of upheaval, but we are pleased to advise that now the move has been completed, our order handling and shipping functions are back to normal.

Thank you for your patience.


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