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Lela makes leather-bound books by hand. Help her purchase equipment so she can make books better and more efficiently!
Lela makes leather-bound books by hand. Help her purchase equipment so she can make books better and more efficiently!
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Thank you so much for considering helping me with this project!  

As I said in the video, by contributing to this project you will be helping me to purchase equipment so I can make even better books and make them a lot faster.

Here are the major pieces of equipment I am trying to purchase with these contributions:

Leathercrafter's Ultimate Workshop from Tandy Leather Factory 

Craftool Hand Press from Tandy Leather Factory

Martin Yale Premier Heavy Duty Trimmer (18")

Awl Guide from Talas

Lightweight corner rounder from Talas

Buffalo Tools Mini 4" Drill Press from Home Depot

I am also trying to purchase an assortment of small tools and supplies: mini punch set, punch drill bits, drill press bits,  a draftsman straight edge, sharpening stone, and a  9-in-1 punch tool (from Tandy).

The Incentives

The incentives are combinations of any of these four types of books:

  • The mini book- The mini book is 1" x 1" and is held together with a single snap.  These books are not the most functional but so darn cute!
  • The small book- The small book is 2.5" x 3" and can come with or without a snap (depending on your selection when you donate).  The small books are the best size for carrying around in your pocket or in a small handbag.  They made great "note books" just for writing down grocery lists or ideas.  They are also my favorite size for children!
  • The medium book- The medium book is 5" x 7" and can come with or without snaps (3).This size is ideal for sketching and is not to big, so it is still portable. 
  • The large book- The large book is 8" x 10" and can come with or without snaps, BUT if you should select the large book please let me know in the email if you would like snaps or not. 

Style and Specifics about the books: 

These book are all made with genuine leather, waxed linen, and medal snaps.  The interior paper of the books is a medium weight card stock. These books do not have lined pages. The books are held together with a style of non-adhesive binding called a long stich.  

Due to the number of incentives I am hoping I have to make I cannot promise a specific color of leather, but if you would like to specify in your donation if you would like a COLOR or EARTH TONE, I can try to accomodate this request.  

Here are some pictures for you

Here is an example of a long stich: 

Here are a few more examples:

Thanks again everyone!

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