made in britain
can be personalised
A stunning leather-bound hand made refillable writing book, in finest Italian full grain naturally tanned leather.
Our leather bound journal is perfect for the creative spirit or the business person wanting to impress clients with something other than run of the mill notebooks. Whether you write, sketch or design, chase business deals and close sales this is the essential stationary accessory for you.
If you want to keep a record of your work and file away the volumes the block of pages has a write on spine for easy reference.
Tanner Bates Journals make great presents especially for those who care about the environment and the preservation of two of Britain's important traditional crafts, the leatherworker and the bookbinder.
Tanner Bates are traditional leatherworkers. Everything you see is made by us by hand in our leather workshop in Dartington, South Devon.
Available in SaddleTan, Mahogany and Espresso. Hover your cursor over the images to reveal the Journal colour.
You can personalise your Tanner Bates Journal with a message, name or initials up to 15 characters long in a choice of pigments: gold, silver, black or no colour
The Journal arrives in a presentation box with the full and fascinating story of its provenance.
Oak Bark Leather Binding - We have made a limited number of Journals with Oak Bark Leather. This leather is from a pile of rejected hides at the Devon tannery left building up over years. Some of these hides are 30 years old. They were rejected because of irregular dyeing, or natural blemishes or scarring on the cows skin. They were originally made for the equestrian industry and used for bridles.We have selected hides with loads of character, each one uniquely different and no two alike. You get a sense from the images.
Oak Bark leather is processed using bark from the English Oak tree to transform Devon cowhides to leather at a tannery in Colyton East Devon. There has been a tannery on that site since Roman times and they are now the last in Europe making leather in this way.
Leather bound journal, hand-made with re-fillable pages.
This re-fillable journal came about as a collaboration between two traditional skills - the leatherworker and the bookbinder. The leather binding is made carefully by hand using a naturally tanned leather from Florence, Italy. It has a vintage looking grainy finish typical of the region. This binding is far too good to be used only once so we make this special writing book refillable so you can use the binding again and again, the leather becoming more beautiful with time. The pages are sewn, not glued, which means they will lie flat wherever you open the book - a subtle luxury. They have a cloth spine on which you could write and file away for reference purposes. The paper is unlined, and can be written on with a fountain pen without the ink bleeding through the paper. The paper is recycled and off white in colour. The raw material is well known for its quality in the printing trade and goes by the name of Woodland Wove.
All journals come to you in an attractive box with the full story on the outside.
Our natural leather binding is made from Italian cowhide from Florence at a family tannery where they still use the ancient method of tanning with bark from mimosa and chestnut trees rather than chemicals to slowly transform the hides into leather. The slow process of bark tanning yields a leather with a smell and patina reminiscent of a time past.
The leather is full grain meaning that the natural appearance of the cows skin with all its imperfections and blemishes are apparent. This is leather bursting with character and no two are the same.
Tanner Bates products are different. We are hand makers, leather specialists, a small business of 3 makers - all apprentice trained in our Devon workshop. Our roots are in traditional equestrian leatherwork and our techniques and hand tools are the same as those used by saddlers and bridlemakers for generations.
We pay attention to details especially our edges which are sanded, sealed and burnished. This edging detail, which can only be achieved by hand with time and concentration, is only found on traditional hand made leatherwork. This technique and the quality of our leather is what makes Tanner Bates products different from other mass produced and factory made items.
To care for your Tanner Bates Leather goods apply an occasional dose of Hide Food to keep your leather supple and long lasting. If it gets wet first let it dry out naturally, then apply Hide Food to stop the leather drying out.
22.5 x 16.5cm (A5) Packed in Presentation Box.