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A collection of more than 80 stunning photographs of the Irish landscape, beautifully presented in a 112 page, hardcover book. Read more

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This project was successfully funded on July 4, 2012.

A collection of more than 80 stunning photographs of the Irish landscape, beautifully presented in a 112 page, hardcover book.

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Can we hit $40,000? Let's have some fun.

We're less than 90 minutes from the project close and the pledges have been coming thick and fast today.

Thank you all for your support in making this such a huge success. For a bit of fun, and because it's is a nice round number to reach, I'll give a 30x45" unframed print (retails for $745 (€595) in the gallery) to the backer who puts us over $40,000. This will be on top of your selected reward.

If you're an existing backer, you can increase your pledge in the 'manage your pledge' page accessible from the project home page.

Can we make it? Could it be you? I'm staying up past my bedtime to find out!

$35k goal reached & survey forewarning


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New Spreads from the Book

It's been a while since the last update - I've been (and in fact, still am) out running workshops. I want to thank everyone who's backed the project so far - the support it's received is really incredible.

We're into the final straight now, and are well on the way to the $35,000 stretch goal. If we reach this, everyone who has backed at the $50 level and higher will receive an additional "Souvenir" sized 9x6" print on top of their already-selected reward. Please do continue to spread the word!

In the meantime, I thought you'd enjoy a couple of new spreads from the book. These include images made on my most recent workshop which finished just this week. It was a very productive trip for me and I came away with several images I'm very happy with.

Joe Cornish has provided the text of the Foreword, but no peeking! I've blurred it for this sample, you'll have to wait for the book to read it in full =)

The image on the Foreword spread is of a famous abandoned house in the Black Valley in Co. Kerry. Famous with photographers, anyway. It really is the prototypical Irish country scene, and on this particular day we were rewarded with fabulous, fast changing storm light. 

The second image is from the Conor Pass in Dingle, Co. Kerry on a morning where we had a spectacular sunrise.

You're seeing these images here first!

Special Edition Sample, new Stretch Goal

Firstly, I want to let you know that there's a new stretch goal in place: $35,000. If this is reached, as a thank-you to all backers at the $50 level and up, I'll include a signed Souvenir-sized print for no charge on top of your existing reward choice!

I collected the completed sample of the special edition today. The blocks hadn't arrived, so the title lettering is not present, but that will be taken care of in the next week. 

However, I couldn't resist sharing this with you all. I'm very happy with the way it's working out.

The folder behind the book will contain the prints, but will be the same shade of blue as the rest of the book. We need to source the appropriate material for it.

Here's a photograph showing the book and box, complete with a representative set of prints. The exact choice of 5 prints in the portfolio has yet to be made, but may well include those pictured.

I'm particularly happy with the way the canvas print of Slea Head works on the box. This is no mass-produced reproduction, the cover is actually an original print in its own right.

Here's a close-up of the leatherwork on the spine.

I'll be away on a workshop for the next while, but when I get back I'll have more news to share with you.

Thanks again for your continued support of this project. Please do keep spreading the word!

Progress on the Special Edition

I've spent some time over the last couple of days with Paul Curtis at the Mucros Bindery, working on the special edition of Irish Light. I thought you'd enjoy seeing some of the photographs showing the process of putting the prototype together.

Paul sets out a range of materials in different colours from which we selected leather for the spine and buckram for the cover.

Here are the chosen materials - a dark blue calfskin and a lighter blue buckram. I love the way these two materials complement each other, and they fit well with the colours in the cover image for the book, which you'll see later.

The title of the book will be in gold lettering on the spine, and embossed on the front cover. Here, Paul is calculating dimensions for the blocks that will be made for this from the PDF I supplied. 

To help choose the style of lettering and embossing, Paul made up a sample showing the chosen buckram embossed blind (no foil) and with gold, blue and navy foil.

Next, he cuts a piece of the leather to the size needed for the spine using a piece of board as a template. 

The leather must be pared down at the ends to reduce bulk when it's folded in at the top and bottom.

Next, it's time to cut board for the cover and the box. This machine is well over 100 years old and sees use every day. The blade has been sharpened only once since the machine was first made. That was 15 years ago when it was brought to the bindery. Despite being heavily used, it hasn't needed resharpening since then. As Paul says, "It falls into the category of 'they don't make 'em like that any more!'"

The bindery is full of machines like this. Apparently, while often they can be bought very inexpensively, or are sometimes given away, they end up costing a lot to move. Due to their size and weight, cranes and upper-story windows are common considerations!

Next, the spine of the dummy book is measured to calculate the width of the box.

The box is made and the book fit within it. The extra width here is to allow space for the folder which will contain the print portfolio. Note the hand-stitching of the pages in the book.

Lastly for today, fitting the canvas prints I made which will wrap around the outside of the box. This is the same image as will be used for the cover of the normal edition, but cropped to a panoramic specific to the size and shape of the finished box.

And here it is wrapped around the box. 

Tomorrow, I'll be out there again and should hopefully have photos of the finished sample complete, except for the titling as we're still waiting on the blocks for that.

I'm even more excited now about this version of the book than I was before. The image works perfectly as a wrap for the box and the book itself is going to be gorgeous. I'll be gone on a workshop for a few days, and when I get back the finished sample including lettering will be ready. But in the meantime, I hope this gives you an insight into the real craft involved in making these books.