Conservation and Bookbinding Parchment
As one of the first - and longest-lasting - binding materials, parchment has a long history to live up to. Our variety of animal types and colors offers something for both the traditional conservator and modern design binder alike.
We pride ourselves on using traditional methods to produce our parchments. No cutting corners, no fillers, just simple craftsmanship mixed with a little modern technology.
Binding and Restoration Leather
The vegetable tanning process is one of the oldest known tanning methods, utilizing simple plant extracts to produce a luxurious leather than can last hundreds of years or more. Our chestnut tannage is archival quality and takes beautifully to blind tooling and foil stamping.
From classic colors and refined textures to vibrant hues, pastel tones, and unique character, our goat and calf leather are perfect for any skill level and any binding profession.
Parchment for Calligraphy and Illumination
Our calligraphy parchment has been hand-prepared for writing on one side. It is a durable medium for illuminations and calligraphy that can handle corrections well.
If kept at a stable temperature and humidity parchment can last indefinitely, as evidenced by the large trove of ancient manuscripts still with us. Crisp pen lines, luminescent illustrations, and deep letterpress impressions one can feel make it a truly unique material for nearly any media.
All of our hides come from North America with the majority coming directly from farms and farmers. We pride ourselves in offering traceable sourcing from farms that are working to reduce CO2 emissions, improve animal welfare, and promote better agricultural practices.
Our leather is vegetable tanned, a traditional tanning method utilizing plant extracts as the primary tanning component. Compared to chrome tanning (found in most modern tanneries), our veg-tan is done without potentially toxic heavy metals while still producing a durable, long-lasting leather that will age beautifully.
The hides we use for parchment come from animals that have died naturally or been raised for food. All of our hides come from North America, with the majority from local farms and hunters. Vegetable leather tanning is a traditional and environmentally sound process, taking approximately 60 days to complete. While the chrome tanning many other tanneries use takes only a few days, it uses carcinogenic chemicals and creates earth-harming waste.
We are committed to traceability in our materials, so we are working toward creating a process that allows our customers to know where our hides have come from and be confident that all of the processing was done sustainably from start to finish.
Whether you are shopping for raw materials or custom designs, you can count on us for responsible production methods as well as unrivaled quality.
Large Project Inquiries
We offer manufacturing capabilities for all of our parchment and leather, so don’t hesitate to contact us. We are more than eager to share information in regards to our wholesale discounts or samples for your calligraphy and bookbinding projects.