The book is untrimmed and bound in grey Harmatan goatskin. There are hand-sewn silk endbands and the top edge is treated with graphite. The endpapers and paper doublures are air-brushed with a leaf design.
The stylised trees are tooled in 23.5 carat gold and Caplain – an alloy of 80% gold, 4% silver and the remaining 16% a mixture of palladium and platinum. It won’t tarnish and is more expensive than gold! The ‘stones’ are irregular pieces of board covered with hand-dyed leather.
The design of the binding was inspired by the poem “Bredon Hill” with its landscape of oak trees and dry-stone walls. In the summer (the back board).
“My love and I would lie
And see the coloured counties
And hear the larks so high”
But then winter comes (the front board), and the writer’s lover dies
“They tolled the one bell only
Groom there was none to see
The mourners followed after
And so to church went she
and we are plunged into a world of grief.”
Winner of the Harmatan Leather Award for Finishing, Society of Bookbinders International Competition, 2017