Volume 40 - Autumn 2015


Product & Company News

Brass Folder and Creaser

Brass Folder

A highly polished brass folder and creaser, ideal for working in fine detail. The tool allows you to work with curved or straight shapes and for applying all kinds of patterns from its fine rounded tip. It can also be heated to give more defined lines when working with inlays and onlays or when working with foil on leather, cloth or paper. You can also transfer designs through translucent paper, leaving a perfect clear line across the paper. The handle of each folder is covered in leather and comes with its own leather sheath (leather colours vary).

- Overall Length: 130mm
- Width: 11mm
- Exposed Blade: 64mm


This new folder may be viewed and purchased here.

(subject to Shiiping Charges and VAT where applicable)

Unbound Book Blocks

Book Blocks

We have added two products to our range of unbound book blocks. The first is an A5 landscape journal, with 96, 90gsm unruled cream pages. The second is a printed recipe book with 120, 100gsm white pages. It is fully printed (in dark blue ink) in Italian/English. Supplied sewn, with 3 marker ribbons, glued and ready to bind. 175mm x 240mm (approx. 6.75" x 9.5")

These new items may be viewed and purchased together with the full range of book blocks here.

The Society of Bookbinders Competition, 2015

The J. Hewit & Sons Award for Excellence in Design
Winner Yohana Doudou, (Avignon, France)

Hong Kong, Scenes of a Floating World by Kenneth White (1976)
"In fifteen short poems, Kenneth White describes Hong Kong. The design represents the bay of Hong Kong '."'".'floating'."'".' on the sea at dusk. I dyed the leather for the covering and the onlays using different techniques, including suminagashi for the sea and craquelé for the buildings. Gold-tooling for the windows and the title. The endpapers are made with suminagashi paper sprinkled with gold."


J Hewit and Sons Award for Excellence in Design
Winner Francoise Vogelenzang (Heemstede, Netherlands)

Het Miniatuurboek by Ben Engelhart (Philip Elchers 1999)
Traditional French binding in three colours, board on board, open spine with visible coloured sections. Hand-sewn headbands. Title tooled by hand. Decoration of coloured paper the same as the sections in the front and back.


Our warmest congratulations go to Francoise and Yohana

A catalogue showing all of the entrants to the competition is available to purchase from us here.

Aura Metallic Buckram

We are delighted to be launching this new to the market product. Aura Buckram, is a contemporary and sophisticated '."'".'metallic'."'".' finished cloth, based on the traditional Arbelave Library Buckram. The durable, wipeable and scuff resistant surface can be foil blocked, blind embossed and screen printed. These characteristics will make it very popular with designers, publishers, pattern book manufacturers, specifiers and stationery manufacturers. Aura is suitable for both hand and machine binding.

Aura is available in 7 stunning shades on a roll width of 1040mm.

0-49 metres - £8.99/metre
50-249 metres - £6.91/metre
250+ metres - £6.63/metre





6650 - Silver





6651 - Argent

6652 - Gunmetal

6653 - Classic Gold




6654 - Rich Gold

6655 - Copper

6656 - Bronze

Aura Metallic Buckram can be viewed and purchased online by clicking here

(subject to shipping and VAT where applicable)

Leather Talk

A YouTube presentation from Talas, New York - June 22nd, 2015

"David Lanning from J. Hewit & Sons hosts an informal talk at Talas, New York on the leather tanning process specific to the manufacture of bookbinding leather."


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