Volume 52 - Autumn 2021


Product & Company News

The Designer Bookbinders Competition, 2020-21

Announcing the winner of the Hewit prize

The J. Hewit & Sons Award for The Interesting Treatment of Leather

Winner - Miranda Kemp

Book - Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

Our warm congratulations go to Miranda.

New and exciting items in our 'Bargain Basement'

We are pleased to announce that we have just added a selection of exciting Special Offer Leathers to our 'Bargain Basement'.

These items are selling quickly, but the remaining skins may be viewed and purchased here.

PVA M289 - Price Increase


Since the beginning of the year, the manufacturers of our PVA have been confronted with several price increases on many key raw materials. For the past fifteen months the corona virus has disrupted the global supply chain, reducing the capacity of manufacturers and increasing the costs for shipping. While global demand was low these problems went largely unnoticed - but as consumption has increased it has become clear that there are major shortages of many chemicals.

February's Winter Storm, which produced the lowest temperatures in Texas for a century, has closed large parts of the US chemical industry causing a global shortage of Vinyl Acetate Monomer (VAM) a crucial ingredient in many adhesives. It is our manufacturers's first priority to supply as with the quality and quantity we require and, to secure sufficient raw materials, they are being forced to pay much higher prices.

We are therefore obliged to increase our sales prices for the PVA M289 with immediate effect. The prices can be viewed here.

The situation is expected to last until the end of the year. As global chemical capacity gradually recovers it is forecast that the situation (and prices) will soften.

We are sorry to be the bearers of bad news.

Cranked-Vine Scissors

New Design - Ideal for getting in to those awkward corners when making boxes.


Fine needlework and thread scissors with straight blades and bent bow shanks. Very fine points for delicate work and for getting into those awkward corners when making boxes.

- 7" (17.5cm) overall length
- Hard-wearing carbon steel blades for long-life precision edge retention.


Only £11.00

The Cranked Vine Scissors may be ordered Online - Click Here

(subject to shipping charges and VAT where applicable)

Wayback Machine - Our web presence in 1997!


Take a look back here, at our web site from March 1997. How things have changed!


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