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March 14, 2007

Interview with J. Hewit & Sons LTD, Roger Barlee & David Lanning

Filed under: General — jackie @ 9:05 am

To a bookbinder or book artist what can be more satisfying than the feel of smooth calfskin leather stretched taut over boards or the soft feel of textured goatskin wrapped around a block of sewn paper. Most bookbinders and book artists, no matter how long they have been practicing their craft, eventually get drawn in by the seduction of leather for covering their books.

One of the companies that has been supplying leather to bookbinders and book artists for many years is J. Hewit & Sons Ltd. The company can trace its history back to about 1806. How long they were in business before that is still a bit sketchy.

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