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Archive for April 19th, 2013

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Among my many vices which include amassing countless vinyl records, bow ties and lately bottles of scotch, another weakness of mine is collecting sketchbooks. Always on the hunt for one with unique characteristics, I recently came across these wooden journals by Boarding School, which is an Etsy shop run by an old colleague of mine and fellow designer: Ashley Flanagan.

Based out of Seattle, Ashley works with her brother Erik who is a woodworker in Maine. Erik carefully selects pieces of wood with character and ships them off to Ashley who then assembles the journals into various styles and designs while utilizing vintage paper and topographical maps. The books are coptic bound with waxed linen thread and then finished with natural tung oil and letter stamped. Her shop offers a wide range of styles and sizes, with custom orders also available. Read more about Boarding School in this recent article on Etsy. Keep up the great work, Ash!

$45-$80

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