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Book of Paths

This book has structural differences from ones I’ve created in the past. With this one I tried many things I haven’t before and that led to many aesthetic imperfections. However I acheived the effect I was aiming for and that was a decoration representing choice and mainly how we can’t comprehend if we truly are in control of what is going to happen to us in life depending on these choices.

The book is decorated with interlaced borders and the spaces they create are filled with various other floral and geometric elements. The black in the tooling is acheived by coating the tools with carbon over a candle flame.


Book of Knowledge

I wanted to recreate the idea of the tree of knowledge. However I couldn’t quite imagine the tree in a traditional sense with fruits and leaves. I imagine knowledge as structure and structure as something stern and geometrical. In my eyes the tree is a metaphor for an infinitely growing complexity, a kind of paradoxical simple complexity.

The decoration on the front cover of the book is composed of simple geometric designs tooled with 23.5 k gold and fixated with shellac.


Finished up holster for a .44 magnum with an 8" barrel. This project had a lot of firsts for me. First holster, first attempt at lacing, and first wet mold. When you spend so much time on a piece, you can’t help falling in love with it. It was little bittersweet watching it head out the door.

The bottom picture shows my holster next to the one that the guy brought in for me to copy the pattern of. I had to modify my pattern because the original holster was too short for the gun.


I got to attend the New York Antiquarian Book Fair for the first time on Friday! It was so lovely to see all of my booky friends, as well as to see the wonders everyone brought to sell– from the very small to the very large, from gorgeously tooled leather to embroidered cloth, and from fore edge to spine, everything was dazzling! If you can ever get to an antiquarian book fair, even if you don’t have the money to buy anything, I highly recommend it! It’s such a treat to see the wide variety of books that are out there, and to wonder at their beauty.

With thanks to @maggs-bros , Sokol Books, Quaritch, Jonathan A. Hill, @justincroft-blog and everyone else ♥

anonymous asked:

I know this is more of Knight's forte, but what do you think of light (leather, mainly) armor? If you take the idea that full plate doesn't realistically affect your movement that much, why would a rogue going to fight a dragon not wear plate?

Here’s where our problems begin: you just used the words “realistically” and “dragon” in the same sentence. :)

I’ve explained before that, historically speaking, leather armour is not a thing, not as depicted and simulated in D&D in any case. (Hardened leather cuirasses did exist, but they’re not the pliable, roguish, stealth-friendly and mobility-friendly kind of armour you see in fantasy, they were basically ornamental breastplates.) So it’s completely futile to discuss the realistic benefits of an imaginary armour.

Quite simply, the rogue wouldn’t fight a dragon wearing plate because in D&D rogues aren’t proficient in heavy armour, and because in D&D heavy armour imposes penalties/disadvantage on certain skill and abilities that rogues rely on. If for some reason your rogue doesn’t care about any of that (maybe you’re a multiclass rogue/fighter, who focuses on dealing damage rather than roguish skills), then sure, plate armour is great.

It’s true that, in real life, full plate armour didn’t actually restrict mobility - not for anything you’d expect to happen in a battle, at least, and certainly not when you compare it with other types of armour available at the time. It’s also true that full plate armour was used for a very short period of time, in a very small area of our big wide earth, and by a very small (and obscenely rich) percentage of the population, whose profession was war.

But we’re not soldiers. We’re adventurers. We’re bringing to life archetypes from a wide variety of cultures and environments and walks of life, and we’re simulating imaginary armour (along with imaginary magic, and imaginary divine grace, etc) exactly because we’re here to fight dragons, as opposed to armies.

Now, if you want to put more realism in your D&D, and pump up the simulation accuracy of mundane equipment at the expense of convenience… this is totally cool. You’ll have to tinker with the rules, and balance may be an issue, but if you dig it, I don’t see why not.


Trying out silver gilding for the first time ever. The first picture is the tooled book before applying the silver and the next one is with it on top. Tomorrow I’ll post the finished decoration and I have to say, it was quite a difficult task working with loose leaf. For a first time experience however, I think it was quite satisfactory.

Magick Tools Safety 🕯

Before performing a ritual, spell, or setting up an altar, make sure that your tools are in their upmost state, and that everything is safe! Here are some simple tips to keep in mind.

• Most stones and crystals can be damaged by hot water - when cleaning them, always opt for cooler water temperatures. (Unless, in some cases, you know for sure that a specific crystal doesn’t take well to cool water. If you are not sure, try and research the properties of said crystal. Otherwise, very lukewarm or cool water should be fine).

• While the light and warmth of the sun is a wonderful thing, remember that leaving gemstones, crystals, fabrics, etc in direct sunlight can make them fade overtime. Some stones can also become broken or melted if left in sunlight for too long, so just be wary of where you choose to place them.

• Witches use lots of salt in their general practices, but remember, objects can be damaged by salt, too. Fabrics, metals, and leathers are prone to salt damage, both wet or dry. Try and reserve a special dish or bottle when using salt if you haven’t already, to keep your altar cloths // leather/metal tools extra safe.

• Stones are prone to heat damage. When smudging or lighting candles, make sure your crystals and stones are within a safe distance of the flame. It also goes without saying to keep your plants, tapestries, tarot cards, etc safely away from any open flames. Candles are wonderful, but can also be dangerous! Make sure they are always in a safe spot and won’t fall or damage anything surrounding it.

Witchcraft is an amazing practice, but should always be dealt with safely and smartly. Remember to be cautious about your objects, and your practice will go a whole lot smoother! ♡

Finished the blind tooling on the third small journal. The design is a bit more brave than the previous two. Today was very cloudy and didn’t have time to finish everything I had in mind. Tomorrow all this tooling is going to be full of silver. Looking forward to it with feelings of excitement and a bit of fear.


I’ve finished one more Balkan Field Journal and I think it’s going to be the last for now. I’ll move on to some bigger books next.

The book turned out quite well. The contrast between the bright red leather and the gilding is quite pleasing to the eye. The emphasis of the decoration is mainly on the gilded borders on the covers, inside as well as outside.

This small blank journal could be the perfect companion on travels in nature or on a dark city night.

The Game

Trent Seven/Reader/Tyler Bate/Pete Dunne
3250 words; smut/explicit

This contains spanking, if you’d like that as a warning and/or enticement.


Trent always likes to have the lads over to watch the football, but thus far, he’s only ever invited you to join them when it’s just him and Tyler. And you’re happy with that, because Tyler’s a good guy, so when Trent informs you that this afternoon it will be a party of four, you’re a little taken aback.

“Pete?” you say. “Are you sure?”

“Why not?” Trent asks. “You like him, don’t you?”

“Pete’s great,” you answer. “I love Pete, but he’s kind of a dick.”

Trent shrugs. “I can keep him under control.”

You slide your arms around his waist, looking up to kiss him, his moustache tickling your face. “You’re good at being in control,” you say softly, and he chuckles, the sound resonating through his broad chest in a way that hits you right there.

“I am,” he says. “So you’ll trust me to keep him on as tight a leash as necessary?”

“Fine,” you tell him, making a show of rolling your eyes, but the truth is you’re already wet just thinking about it.

Trent slaps your ass, hard enough to be a promise, and you smile at him.

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Royai Week 2017 - Day Five
The letters on her back founded a life long contract between them.

When I thought about this prompt, my mind kept turning to the letters marked into Riza’s back. If she had never carried those letters, or never shown them to Roy, would there have been Royai?

So I thought about embossing part of the flame alchemy tattoo into leather. The letters are scribed into the leather and then painted over with leather dye.

Embossed veg tanned bovine leather with antique finish. Yet to be sealed and polished. I used a piece of belly leather, which isn’t as tight grained and smooth as leather from closer to the spine, but I kind of like the way it hints at the scaring on Riza’s back.
Scale wise the finished piece will be a folder for holding an A5 notebook.
These photos are unfiltered and I think they show the actual work and finish pretty accurately.

Huge, huge thank you to @meiosis2​ and her work here, (not sure I would have pursued this idea without your fabulous work) and to @capthawkeye​ for showing it to me. 


Second Small Treasure Journal

This journal is the second one of a collection of seven journals all tooled with precious metals.

The book is simply decorated with symmetrical gilded floral elements on the top and bottom of the front cover with flowers set in the corners and center. A couple of blind tooled flowers surround the central one and blind tooled spiral borders surround the whole design. The back as well as the inner covers are decorated with gold as well.

Again with much thinner recycled paper with which this rather thin book can hold 336 pages.