This one is by Lyn Gibson who has bound the book with goatskin in two contrasting colours. The striking images of the fish are made from pieces of onlaid leather some of which have been sanded to reveal the more muted colours under the surface – a technique called lacunose. The inspiration for the design comes from the illustration in the book of a painting by the artist-fisherman John Craske, who lived part of his life in Norfolk. The mesh pattern which you can see on the spine and the boards has been done by first dampening the leather then impressing a piece of netting onto the surface: this has the effect of darkening the leather in a technique known as blind tooling.

Lyn Gibson

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