Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Van der Spek Junior in old stock Touch Me leather as a wallet

I bought this directly from Van der Spek a couple of months ago, and for awhile I was using it as my personal planner. Since I recently combined both my work and personal planning systems into one planner, I'm using this junior (Filofax pocket equivalent) as a wallet and card carrier, plus it holds my phone
It's very flexible, so it can actually hold my giant phone in it

since I have a case with a rubberized bumper, it does not slide out

top view- the color shown is not accurate

this shows the color more accurately, and see how it opens completely flat

Monday, May 8, 2017

Franklin Covey Compact sized inserts in a Van der Spek standaard




This photo captures its true color (menthe) better than the following photos


profile view - I have only one slim pen in the two pen loops


top view

bottom view

SUPER floppy

I mean SUPER SUPER floppy

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Franklin Covey Compact in Gillio Amica with 30mm Rings



Uhm, no, the 30mm rings do not work for me due to the increased overhang. Back to 25mm rings .....

Monday, April 3, 2017

Custom-made hand-tooled leather planner

Swoon. I'm obsessed with this new custom planner by JMR Custom Leather on Etsy. I sent 30mm Krause rings to him use in this beauty. Just LOOK

beautifully braided stitching on the edges 

J.Mark Rhoades (he goes by Mark), the artist who made this allowed me to share some insight into his inspiration:
My craft is old school leather carving/tooling. The designs are actually hand carved and tooled into vegetable tanned saddle leather. Everything is done pretty much one at a time. Most leather products that people are familiar with from retail type stores are actually embossed/stamped with  hydraulic presses in mass production facilities. Mass produced embossing simply cannot achieve the depth, texture and detail of hand craftsmanship. My patterns are derivations of "Sheridan" style carving that was developed by master saddle makers in Wyoming.
I began tooling leather as a hobby a few years ago and made items for family and friends. Over time, I began selling a few custom order items. I am still employed as a full time college professor, so this limits the number of items that I can offer for sale. However, I hope to expand the business very soon and will be launching my own website Star Mountain Leather in May. -
J.Mark Rhoades


Krause rings, and fits Franklin Covey compact sized inserts, elasticized pen loop

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