Ian Laughton needed his book back last month so it is sadly no longer appearing in the exhibition. However, local binder Linda Chawner came up with yet another original way of binding a copy, and this now joins the others for the final month.
Begging a piece of old boat cover from a boatyard near Blakeney (she owes them a cake), she has constructed a simple limp cover sewn along the top and bottom edges with red thread – a reference to the red herrings that appear throughout the book.
An ink-drawn image of a medieval cog sits bottom right on the cover, and this is echoed on the wooden slipcase into which the book fits. Carpenter Robert Smith assisted in its construction from Iroko. The ship image was scratched into the wood using a sharpened blacksmith’s nail and then coloured with a pen.