PLEASE NOTE: At the moment, this item can only be shipped within the United States (Lower 48 + Alaska & Hawaii).
***See Cory's entire process of creating these leather covers by hand, along with photographs he took along the way, over at this blog post!
I'm proud to introduce the PhotoMemo Leather Cover, made 100% by hand by Cory Miller of Left Hand Leatherworks in Columbus, OH. I was excited to work with Cory on this project, as he is not only a talented and inspiring craftsman, but he is also a photographer who shoots with film, just like you and I.
The PhotoMemo Leather Cover is created completely by hand using vegetable tanned leather from Hermann Oak tannery--one of the few remaining producers of leather in the United States, producing what is widely regarded as the finest available since 1881.
Hides from Hermann Oak are finely selected and have very few flaws. The pattern is carefully cut by hand, using fixed-blade Stanley knives stropped to attain the highest level of sharpness.
Dyed a medium brown using professional water-based dye, leaving an even finish that does not bleed out of the leather. After being allowed to dry for at least 24 hours, a coat of pure neatsfoot oil is applied to the flesh side to condition it.
Barge cement is use to hold the parts in place, and a diamond shaped chisel is used to punch holes for the stitching. Each piece is hand stitched using the saddle stitch method--a process that cannot be duplicated by machine, resulting in an incredibly durable stitch. The edges are trimmed flush, beveled, sanded through many grits, and burnished.
Finally, they are finished using a combination of leather conditioners, giving them their final appearance and providing protection from the elements and buffed with a horsehair brush.
Oh, and of course, the PhotoMemo logo is embossed on the front.
Care and Feeding: from time to time your PhotoMemo cover will need to be conditioned. The leather will appear dry and it will become less flexible. Just about any leather conditioner will do, but stay away from “waterproofing” products and mink oil. Products that I use and like include: Venetian Shoe Cream, Chamberlain’s Leather Milk, and Aussie Leather Conditioner. If you’re in a pinch or don’t want to purchase a bottle of leather conditioner, coconut oil does a good job too. The key to remember with all leather products is a little goes a long way! Don’t overdo it. Apply a thin coat to the leather and give it a few minutes to soak in. Finish by buffing the leather with a soft towel or horsehair brush. If the PhotoMemo Cover gets wet, remove the books and allow the cover to dry flat. After it is dry apply a coat of the conditioner of your choice. I hope you enjoy your PhotoMemo Cover and I’m confident it will give you many years of reliable service!
*** HOLIDAY SHIPPING RECOMMENDATIONS ***
Within USA: Order by December 18th
Outside of USA: Order by December 7th
I ship WORLDWIDE from California!
ALL orders include tracking for FREE
ALL orders over $39 ship for FREE to the whole world
All packages are sent using U.S.P.S. First Class Package service and include tracking for FREE. Tracking information is emailed automatically when your package ships. Packages are shipped in rigid stay-flat mailers to protect your gear. Other items that require padding, such as lapel pins, ship in padded envelopes for better protection.
Within U.S.A.: Starts at $2.99 USD
Outside of U.S.A*.: Starts at $4.59 USD
Heavier packages will go up in price incrementally; the most accurate way to get an exact price on shipping is to fill your cart with everything you want to buy and then fill out your shipping information. You will be given your total, including shipping, before you pay.
You'd have to order a lot of patches for the shipping prices to start rising--patches and stickers are very light. BUT:
Orders over $39 USD ship for FREE. No coupon codes needed. It's automatic.
Gift cards are delivered via email, along with instructions on how to redeem it. No physical gift card is created or shipped.
* Customs, Duties, and Taxes
For those with shipping addresses outside the USA, customs fees, import duties, taxes, and brokerage fees are not included in the product price or shipping and handling cost and it will be collected upon delivery from the carriers for certain packages. These charges are recipient’s responsibility as we are only charging the transportation fee for the packages. You may check with your country’s customs office to determine what these additional costs will be.