SFCB Holiday Fair

SFCB Holiday Fair 2016

Please join us at the 2016 SFCB Holiday Fair.

Thanks, Sacanime

Another lovely weekend at Sacanime. Thanks to the AA team for their usual great job running the hall.

If you picked up a card, please feel free to drop me a note about what you're looking for.  I spoke with several people about specialty books they wanted. Sidenote: I am fully booked through September.

Thanks, Clockwork Alchemy

Books on the table at ClockworkA big thank you to everyone, staff and con-goers, at Clockwork Alchemy this weekend.

I know a lot of you picked up cards and had ideas for books. Please click on "Contact Me" above to drop a line.

See you again soon.


Acquaintance Cards

Hot off the press for Clockwork Alchemy 2016, Victorian Acquaintance Cards.

Letterpress printed in two colors. Six styles available individually or as a set.

Fanime 2012 5/29/2012 12:23:00 AM

Just a brief note for those who came by this weekend to say thank you very much. The level of creativity on display at Fanime all over the con is always very inspiring and humbling.

Thanks, Sacanime

Thanks to the lovely staff at Sacanime for another great con experience.

As I had several people take cards and ask about custom work, let me give you a quick overview about what's available.

Custom Books

I've just received a large shipment of Italian text blocks in sizes from 100x68 mm to 300x250mm. These are the machine sewn blocks of similar size that have lines, grids, or blank pages. I'm still in the process of sorting through them all and will be casing them in over the next few months. If you would like to order a custom cloth and paper combination, there is no additional charge to work from my existing stock. Take a look at the galleries to get an idea what's available. These books are priced between $15.00 and $50.00 depending on size. Absent a particular request that they be configured otherwise, they're quarter bound in cloth with paper on the rest of the covers. Cloth corners can be added and leather is available upon request. In most cases, they would be available in about two weeks (possibly longer, which we would discuss at the time you place the order).

Custom Sketch Books

I have a standard sketchbook structure that I will be making more of in anticipation of the Spring con season. The next batch will be somewhat different than the last and will be available in a variety of paper types (I am actively looking for a good calligraphy paper to bind in a sketchbook and plan to do a watercolor version as well). Depending on the paper quality, these books generally run between $30.00 and $40.00 (a more costly paper would obviously raise that) and would take about 4 weeks to complete.

Commissioning a Book

If what you want is not part of my usual œuvre, please contact me about a commissioned book. Please be aware of the following:

  • Generally, custom work will start at $100.00 and go up from there (way up if leather or vellum is involved).
  • A minimum of 8 weeks will be required. I am unable to accommodate requests for rush orders.
  • When a final written description of the book is agreed to, a non-refundable deposit of 50% will be required to commence work on the project.


Shipping charges will be determined at the time the book is complete. My preferred method of shipping is USPS Priority Mail Flat Rate. FedEx is available upon request. I do not ship through UPS. Work valued at over $50.00 will also be insured at the carrier's rate for the full value.

Thank you for stopping by, and let me know what I can make for you.

Clockwork Alchemy 2014

Thanks to everyone who stopped by, especially my many returning customers. It was lovely to see you.

If you asked about a custom order, please visit the contact page to drop a note about what you're looking for. You can also see available papers on the Paper page above.

I'm very excited to be returning to Clockwork Alchemy again this year. I'll have several new book structures available, including a very inexpensive pocket journal.

If you're inclined to hear me ramble about books, please come to either the lecture on book structures and changes in 19th century binding on Saturday, May 24 at 11:00AM or to the case binding workshop on Sunday evening from 7:00-10:00PM. Participation in the workshop requires a commitment to the full three hours, and the kit is $40.00. The kit contains all the materials to make a small (about 4"x3") case bound book with two classic short stories, a colored endpaper, and cloth and paper cover.

Fanime 2012 Countdown

One week. Lots to do, but feeling pretty good about what's done.

Booth 130 in the Artist Alley. Hope to see you there.

Map of Fanime 2012 Artist Alley

Bent-Con Dec 3-4

UPDATE: Thanks to everyone who stopped by. It was a fun weekend with a great crowd.


Bent-con logo

Silverhand Books will be vending at Bent-Con in Los Angeles December 3-4, 2011.

There will be blank and lined books galore, including several leather bound blank journals and watercolor paper sketchbooks.

Fanime 2011

Thanks to everyone who stopped by.

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