Folded into each page, stitched into every pierced signature, wrapped into every hand cut piece of leather; old lead type hot stamped with care and finally gluing out with a practiced brush for casing in...gives you the soulfulness poured into the making of one of my pocket-sized leather wrapped journals.
"It's so cool" remarked a friend one day while watching me make a book in the bindery. "That you can make these books by hand...I mean, really cool!" "Does it take a long time to make a handmade book?" "Well..." I try to answer cautiously, "I never usually make just one...I try to make several in batches so that the steps make it move along with repitition." Adding, "It might take longer, but that's the best part...I believe you can "feel" the hand work...a bit of me, in each of the books!" (Hence the name of the bindery: Soulful Handmade.)
So yes, to answer the question, it does take a long time to make a book by hand. Sure the hand tearing of the pages gets a bit tedious, not too mention the hand cutting of each leather cover and wrap. Even the full 24 hours to press each book adds to the time it takes to make each one of these little treasures. But again, that's what makes them special. They are NOT made by some machine. They are "hand" made, with joy, and love, and care, and with soulfulness. By me!
Next time you are looking for gifting something special. Something crafted with a story, made by a person, with their hands, with time and attention, call me. I'd love to know that one of my not-fussy, toss-around (3" x 4" - 32/40 page) books are finding a pocket in which to belong. Even better is knowing that they'd be filled with someones handwritten hopes, dreams, or to-do lists.
I can also hot stamp names and other sentiments beside my collection: dream. create. inspire. believe. and carpe diem.
Let me know what you think, or visit my Etsy shop to purchase a book!