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 it can last indefinitely, as evidenced by the large trove of parchment 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.
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 tanned leather is a traditional and environmentally sound process, and we try to use natural and biodegradable dyes or pigments whenever possible. It takes approximately 60 days to produce while Chrome tanning (found in most modern tanneries) takes a few days and uses carcinogenic and earth harming chemicals.
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 on all of our parchment & leather please do not hesitate to contact us. We are more than eager to share information in regards to our wholesale & quantity discounts, or samples for your calligraphy and or bookbinding projects.