Crossing the Bench: Books, Lead Type, & Leather Goods.

The past couple weeks have been crazy busy!  Can I just say when you enjoy what you do for a living, one's quality of life truly improves!  I can't say enough how happy we are working together in our small little apartment studio.  We're not rich; we have a long way to go to meet our career goals regarding this business, but we're loving the journey, and I believe this kind happiness is truly important.

Joseph has been busy restoring old books, and making clamshell boxes!  He even made time to rebind his personal set of scriptures; he's been working on rebinding his scriptures for like six months now.  I'm sure fellow craftsmen experience what I call crafter's remorse:  The feeling of guilt when one works on personal projects.  I'm happy he finished his, because now he's going to rebind mine!

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A friend of ours from Utah emailed us a few weeks ago asking us to make a wallet for her husband's birthday.  We were so excited that she asked us to do this!  She sent us specifications and we got to work.

The wallet was made in nude calf, dye in cordovan, hand-sewn with black nylon thread, and Joseph worked his magic with a wood burning tool, drawing the compass rose on the back, and stamped initials on the front.  We have a lot of fun type, so please, send us those requests! 

We took a day to cut out a bunch of patterns of our wallets and a larger wallet we just designed, and then we treed and marbled the leather cut outs!  It was a lot of work to cut and dye them, and then the process of treeing and marbling made for a very long day and night. 

Friday morning we woke up early to get a jump start on the day.  Joseph was in the middle of a couple restoration projects, and I had a bunch of wallets to sew.  After breakfast, Joseph was setting type to stamp a title on the spine of the clamshell.  The tray was pulled out of our type rack; Joe turned around for a split second when our cat Willow jumped up, landed on the tray, and the whole thing flipped over and landed upside down on the floor!  Our jaws dropped, Joe yelled out just a couple choice words, and Willow took off and hid for the rest of the day.

We've had a lot of fun designing and making our leather goods!  The black wallet is gorgeous; the leather is so pretty, it's fastened together with blackened rivets.  I'm really excited about our larger wallet:  It's made to fit a passport, credit cards, and cash of course.  This one is our first one that I made.  I had Joseph tool the large chevron pattern on the front and back; I've already filled it and am excited to put it to use! 

We hope y'all have had a fantastic week and an even better weekend!