Custom Leather Book

How to Relax

About the Project

This year kicked off with a fantastic project that was commissioned as a gift for the author! In early January, I received an email asking if I’d be willing/able to create a one-of-a-kind edition, designed specifically with the author in mind.

I am always thrilled to get work like this because I have always felt that this is one of the foundational motivators for me as a bookbinder. I work on countless books throughout my day, often for personal libraries of special collectors. While it does not happen very often, I personally love creating special books for the authors who wrote them. There is something hermetically balanced about doing this and I always derive great joy in the finished work.


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The client wanted to choose an image that represented peace and tranquility, without distracting too much from the book itself. We chose a Hammock since it is nearly universally seen as relaxing.

I worked up a simple design on Photoshop and had it cast into a custom stamp. With 21-st century technology, nearly any design is possible for leather stamping!

The intended recipient’s favorite color is Red, so we chose a fantastically dyed Morocco from Russel’s Fine Leather, the premier supplier from the UK.

At first, the client was worried that the book would be too small for leather-binding. Coming in at just under 120 pages, this little pocket-sized book almost didn’t make the cut. However, I assured them that we could do it. The smallest book I have ever bound was <60 pages!

Boston Harbor Bookbindery
How to Relax; Custom red leather book, designed and executed for the client’s personal library as one fo their all-time favorite books.

The final product turned out wonderfully! The red leather gave the book a dashingly smooth look while the gold stamp on the front added class and style.

With thick cover-boards, each cover adds a solid and sturdy feel to the pages. This translates well into the reader’s hand and operates spectacularly.


Boston Harbor Bookbindery is experienced in designing custom, one-of-a-kind books for each client.

Whether you’d like to restore a family heirloom, re-bind a personal favorite, or print a book from scratch; we have just what you need to make your dreams a reality.



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