And here it is - the leather. Unlike regular bookbinding leather which is thin and supple, this stuff is blunt force hide. I have the whole hide to work with. It comes from the local Greenhalgh's Tannery. Deep chestnut colour, gorgeous sheen. I'm a lucky girl.
I use two or three knives, with the first being this lovely beast. It's actually a hacking knife, but it does a deep score to prepare the leather for more fine cutting. Nice.
Here is the basic cut and scored leather unit. There's more work to do, of course, before it even sees any paper, but that's for next time.
Cheers, folks - chat again soon x