The chosen leather is vegetable tanned, consecrated virgin calf. The skin is paste washed thoroughly and Picric acid is applied to give an even yellow colour. An even coat of Salts of Tartar is then applied to give a rich brown colour followed by a final coat of Ferrous Sulphate which changes the skin to a rich midnight black colour which is then "fixed". The skin is then cut to size and a grain is bordered into it by hand before ironing out and paring by hand on all edges.
As you can see....The hidden mysteries of Nature and Science play a large part in my work ;)
The book is turned-in on all edges and the edges are blind tooled with several fillet rolls. The edges of the boards and the inside boards are also blind tooled by hand.