The Finest Materials and Historical Techniques

Bookbinding material, veg-tanned leather, linen thread, curved needles, awl


To makes journals that will last for generations, we begin with the finest materials available: Veg-tanned goatskin leather, wood cover boards, Irish linen thread, hand-marbled end papers, and 70-lb. Italian writing papers.

Why goatskin leather?

Goatskin is superior to calfskin for bookbinding because the leather retains its strength even when pared thinly. The techniques used to produce this leather increase its archival properties, allowing it to stand the test of time, resulting in books that can be handed down to your children. Our leathers are vegetable-tanned, drum dyed, and treated with a light pigment coat, and are not plated or glazed.

On our one-of-a-kind journals, we then emboss, dye, and distress the leather to age its appearance without compromising strength or durability.

Hand-sewn construction

We offer a range of book styles that use many hand-sewn historical construction techniques, including long stitch, Coptic stitch, and Gothic raised-cord techniques. Most modern journals produced today are held together with glue rather than thread, but you can rest assured that every one of Arte of the Booke's journals are individually hand sewn in our studio in Roanoke, Virginia.