Exciting project ~ 1: The Outback Range

Some of you may remember that we were talking about the exciting projects we have lined up for Earthworks Journals over the next few months.  We’ve been very busy in the workshop and have the first up and running already.

You can see them (or buy them!) on our website here:

EARTHWORKS JOURNALS OUTBACK RANGE

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We’d like to introduce you to our new Outback range of leather journals and binders.

A5 OUTBACK SPINES 2016

We’re making these from an amazingly rugged leather. It’s a natural vegetable tanned leather which has been finished with oils and waxes on the outside to make it supple and very, very durable. This is the sort of leather to take on your adventures, any scratches you put on it can be removed by rubbing with your finger (the warmth reactivates the waxes to reseal it). Of course, if you’re the sort who doesn’t mind the odd battle scar then you can leave the scratches in!

A5 OUTBACK BURNT TAN OUTSIDE 2016 A5 OUTBACK DARK KHAKI OUTSIDE 2016

This leather comes in a range of earthy tones, at the moment we have them listed on our website in two colours, Burnt Tan and Dark Khaki (as you can see above). We have them available in an A5 journal, an A5 2 ring binder and an A5 6 ring Filofax compatible binder. Having said that, if you would like a different size then just get in touch and we’ll be happy to make you one.

A5 OUTBACK DARK KHAKI OPEN 2016

A5 OUTBACK DARK KHAKI OPEN RINGBINDER 2016 A5 OUTBACK BURNT TAN OPEN ORGANISER 2016

We’re using a generous amount of bootlace cord as a closure on these ones. It’s finished with two movable leather beads, so you can find your own way of tying yours up. There’s even an integral pen holder in the binders made by the cord!

A5 OUTBACK BURNT TAN OUTSIDE ORGANISER 2016 A5 OUTBACK DARK KHAKI OUTSIDE RINGBINDER 2016

So, if you’ve got any adventures planned for this year and you’re looking for a companion the an Outback Journal or Binder could be just the thing. Tough, rugged and reliable. And it will remember all of your stories so you don’t have to!

Our wraparound journals are getting larger!

We love the business we’ve slowly built up over the years. We really love it! Even though it means we’re exceptionally busy ALL of the time.

Of course, it’s good to be busy but it does sometimes mean that we don’t always have the time to develop new designs and ideas. Sometimes we need to be gently poked into action by a customer.

We had one such lovely customer just recently who liked the new distressed leather wraparound journals we blogged about HERE but they wanted one in A4 size. This was something we had been thinking about doing for a while but never got around to.

So, we made them one…and here it is:

A4 DISTRESSED SADDLE OUTSIDE 1 2015

A4 A5 A6 DISTRESSED SADDLE OUTSIDE STACK 2015

It turned out so well, it was so big and chunky and great to hold that we were a little bit sorry to see it go in the post yesterday. But, the good news is that we will soon be introducing all of our wraparound journals in the larger A4 size.

If you can’t wait for them to be listed on our website then feel free to send us a message and we can make you one pre-launch in any of our wraparound leathers.

So, a big thankyou to that particular lovely customer (you know who you are)…and if any of you other lovely customers want something that we do not currently do then don’t be afraid to ask.

 

How the Earthworks Distressed Wraparound Journal came into being…

We’re all about leather that really looks like leather here at Earthworks. There’s nothing better than that aged look that a really hardwearing leather gets after years of use. The scuffs, the scratches, the stains, that patina that builds up from the constant polishing your hands give it, they all contribute to the feel of a journal. The more you write inside your journal, the more use it gets. The more use it gets, the more the leather cover reflects that use. The more the leather cover reflects its use, the more you’re inspired to write in it. It’s a strange and cyclical, symbiotic relationship between a journal and the words it contains.

Of course, some of us like that rugged and aged look straight away so we thought we’d have a little play around with our leathers to see what we could come up with. And here are the results!

A5 DISTRESSED SADDLE SET OF THREE 2015

We took one of the stunningly good quality hides of full grain, vegetable tanned leather which we get from our local leather supplier. This leather really is a thing of beauty. It’s been tumbled to soften the grain structure so that it has the perfect amount of body and suppleness for a wraparound journal. As is always the case with our leather supplier, this hide came to us in pristine condition…….then we had our wicked way with it!

After several dying and staining processes we achieved a look that we were very, very happy with. A look as though someone had climbed a mountain with their journal and then thrown it off the top……and then went back down the mountain, got in their Landrover and ran over their journal several times……before burying it in a peat bog for a few years.

A5 A6 DISTRESSED SADDLE GROUP 2015

We even used the natural edge of the hide on the wraparound flap, just to give it even more of a rustic look. Each one of these will be unique, some will have quite a straight edge, some will have a bit of a slant and some will be wildly curvaceous. As it is the natural edge of the leather you might even find the odd little surprise on yours; scars, cuts or even holes. But, of course, as with all of our journals, it will be practical and hardwearing; we’ll make sure it’s pleasing to the eye as well as the hand.

And so there we have it, the Earthworks Distressed Wraparound Journal! A beautiful quality pristine leather journal that looks as though it has been hitting some hard travelling but, of course, its adventures are just beginning!

If you would like to have a look or place an order for one of these then you can find them on our shop here:

Earthworks Journals Distressed Wraparound Travel Journal

A5 DISTRESSED SADDLE GROUP MAP 2015