Holidays 2018 -2019

We are closed for all UK Bank/Public holidays.

The tannery will be closed between the following dates:



Close 29th March – open 4th April.


Close 25th May – open 4th June


Close 20th July –open 6th August.


Close 19th October – open 29th October.


Close 21st December – open 2nd January 2019.





2016 Winner


La Vita nuova
bound by Bec Britain

Winner of the Harmatan Leather Prize at the 2016 Designer Bookbinders Annual Bookbinding Competititon.

With onlays, tooling and ink. The design reflects Dante’s evolving sense of the limitations of courtly love and its transition into sacred love. The nine bronze stars represent Dante and Beatrice who are both aged nine when they first meet.

Vacancy at Temple Bookbinders

A new, challenging and exciting role in hand bookbinding and gold finishing.

If you are a qualified hand bookbinder with experience we would love to hear from you. We have a vacancy at Temple Bookbinders of Oxford. Full time hours of 37.5 hours or part time hours Monday –Friday with flexibility around the 08 00 -16 30 business’ open hours.

We are privileged to be Royal Warrant holders to HM The Queen as Hand book binders. In early Spring 2017 we are moving the business to a purpose built, new building in Yarnton near Woodstock Oxford. With the opportunity of a new job, for the New Year, in a custom built new building.

Set in a beautiful Grade II listed historic farm setting; the new bindery will give you a chance to share in our traditional skills and bookbinding crafts. Improved infrastructure and travelling now e.g. with fewer traffic problems, (being 4 miles north of Oxford), the brand new Chiltern Rail Link at Parkway Oxford linking London Marylebone with Oxford; the Park and Ride too, makes travelling easier. The Woodstock bus route S3 passes the bindery along the Cassington Road. Public transport is not a problem.

Parking onsite is free and unrestricted too, so driving is easy. Yarnton is a small, pretty village offering a calm and pleasant working environment.

Please visit our website to explore all the traditional skills we offer our client base,

Call Ian or Pauline to arrange an informal interview, on 01865 451940 or if you have any queries email us on

Suede splits

A selection of suede splits all from goatskins, in several colours are available for sale.

These will be on offer at the tannery stock room, and at trade fairs.

The Explorer Notebook


This book has been hand crafted in Wiltshire by Veterans working for the Wiltshire Barn Project. By buying this book you are contributing directly to the rehabilitation and well-being of Veterans, some of whom have only recently been evacuated from Afghanistan.

The Wiltshire Barn Project is a craft‑based training and employment charity for Veterans of all three Services. The Project is based in the Daffodil Barn near Pewsey, Wiltshire, and uses the therapeutic qualities of hand bookbinding to assist casualty rehabilitation and to develop employment opportunities.

Calf skin supplied by Harmatan.

Available from:
The Wiltshire Barn Project, SN9 5PF
Tel: 01672 851979
Registered Charity No 1149583

Harmatan and Oakridge Leathers Representation at Trade Fairs


Cologne Bookbinders Trade Fair. Engelshof, Oberstrasse 96. D-51149 Cologne.

2018 date to be advised.



Society of Bookbinders.

University of Chester 30th – 31st August 2018


University of Bath 29th – 31st August 2019

Further details  can be found at

Regional Meetings.


East Anglian Region. Linton Village Hall, Linton, Cambridgeshire.  Saturday 27th January  2018. d.

Midlands Region.



The Guild of Bookworkers, Standards of Excellence Conference

18 – 21st October. Minneapolis. More details will be added once available.

  More information:



2018 date to be advised St. Pieterkerk, Leiden, The Netherlands

Bookbinding, calligraphy, printing, paper-makers, demonstrations.




Sunday 15th April.2018

‘t bauhaus, St.Niklaas, near Antwerp

More information:



Saint Remy les Chevreuse. 2019

14th Biennales Mondiales de la Reliure d’Art in Saint Remy le Chevreuse.

Exhibition and trade fair at Espace Jean Racine,

1 Rue Ditte, Saint Remy les Chevreuse -78470.

2019 dates to be advised.


Montreuil Bellay.

Salon, le livre et ses metiers d’art.

23rd-25th February 2018.

organised by Evelyne Sagot of Anima Libri


Dorset bookbinder selected by Dragons’ Den investor Deborah Meaden in her campaign to buy British this Christmas.

Dragons’ Den investor Deborah Meaden aims to buy her Christmas presents from British businesses this year and is using Twitter to tell the world which she thinks is the best.

In her take on the Twelve Days of Christmas, each evening Deborah selects a British manufacturer to promote to her 35,000 plus Twitter followers in her ‘Twelve Tweets of Christmas’ project. Her criteria is top quality British made goods that would make ideal Christmas presents.

Deborah’s Seventh Tweet of Christmas on the 12th of December went to local bookbinder Susan Green of Susan Green Books, for “very stylish hand bound books and journals”.

From her home studio in Colehill near Wimborne in Dorset, Susan combines quality materials, traditional skills and designs both historical and contemporary to make a variety of books to suit a range of budgets and tastes, including guestbooks, notebooks, travel journals and miniatures.

Susan’s most recent commission was for the Donmar Warehouse theatre in the West End who required a guestbook in their corporate colours, using a 15th century binding known as Longstitch with Linkstitch.

Susan believes that whilst her attention to detail and quality materials set her apart from the rest, she is keen to point out that it’s worth buying hand made notebooks because they last a lifetime, plus Susan offers a refill service.

“Deborah is a great champion of small businesses, and a well known and well respected business figure in Britain, so it’s beyond wonderful to be included in her ‘buy British, help jobs’ campaign on Twitter this Christmas”, says Susan, who uses Twitter daily to keep in touch with her customers and other Dorset businesses.

Goat accused of robbery

Police in Nigeria are holding a goat on suspicion of attempted robbery.

Vigilantes seized the black and white goat, saying it was an armed robber who had used black magic to transform himself into an animal to escape after trying to steal a Mazda 323.

A spokeman for police in the eastern state of Kwara said: ‘The goat is in our custody. Vigilantes saw some hoodlums attempting to rob a car. One escaped while the other turned into a goat’.

Daily Mail, saturday 25/01/2009. Also reported in the Daily Telegraph.

Delivery Times

Please allow up to 28 days from date of placing order for delivery.

A good amount of stock is kept at the tannery, but for larger orders/quantities please allow sufficient time!

Many of our leathers are made to order – especially upholstery skins, Kaduna, Morocco grain and Katsina.

The 3 Grades of Fine Leather

All of the goatskins in the Harmatan Fine Leather range are selected, tanned in Sumac and dyed in to our vast range of colours. When ‘finished’ the skins are then sorted/selected into the 3 selling grades.

Grade 1. Every single part of the skin is usable with no marks. These skins are now virtually impossible to find in Northern Nigeria due to the increased use of barbed wire (the animals sratch/itch themselves against wire,tree stumps anything !).

Grade 2. Small number of naturally occuring marks mainly towards the outside edges of the skins. They are suitable for full binding work etc.

Grade 3. An even greater number of natural marks and scratches but still very usable for small full binding, half or quarter style bindings. If you wish to give us a cut size or provide us with a template we will probably be able to find a skin from this selection and save yourself some money.

Please do remember that all our skins bought via ‘Fair Trade’ in Northern Nigeria are all free range!

The animals do roam freely most of the time (except when fields are planted, or not harvested). Leather is a natural product, therefore it bears natural characteristics such as grain variation, growth and bush marks and when seen on the finished product indicate that it is a totally natural grain and not a machine embossed one!

Leather Thinning/Splitting Services .

Harmatan – GB £100 per hour ex VAT. Minimum charge time 1/2 hour.

No liability will be accepted for any damage, thickness variation, inability to split due to tannage irregularities on leather not produced by Harmatan Ltd.

Hohenforst Splitting Co
152-4 W.Fulton Street
tel:518 725 0012

Yves Orbach
132, rue R.Vandeveldestraat
B-1030 Brussels
tel: 02 242 5789.

Shepherds Bookbindery Ltd
Units 107/108
30,Great Guildford Street
tel: 0207 620 0060