Holidays 2019,

Holidays for 2019.


Christmas open Wednesday 2nd January.




Close Thursday 18th April          

Open Wednesday 24th April



Close Friday 24th May

Open Monday 3rd June



Close Friday 26th July

Open Monday 12th August



Close Friday 25th October

Open Monday 4th November



Close Monday 23rd December

Open Thursday 2nd January 2020.


General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)


When you make an enquiry with us we collect your information. We store your personal details on our database, these include: Names, Business name, Address, email,, phone number, and VAT numbers.

Our database is not shared with any third party and is not stored at our premises. We will need to contact you with information regarding our products and services. Our website does not use cookies, does not store or collect any personal information other than the details you pass to us in an email.

Credit/debit card details are all shredded immediately after their use. The receipt slips are retained but not stored at our premises.

We do hold a hard copy of all Customer invoices at our premises, the site is secured overnight.

If you wish to be excluded from any of the above protocols please inform us by email, phone or letter.



Announcing a New Study Opportunity…

June 8 — 17
Dragon Press Bindery
Highworth, Wiltshire

Book Camp offers four 2-day classes on various topics, and is designed for anyone working in the various book art fields or conservation who are keen to learn more about bookbinding.

Tuition will be given by the four founders of Book Camp at this purpose-built bindery set in the beautiful Wiltshire countryside. You are welcome to camp in the spacious grounds of the house, or stay in a local B&B.

The programme includes:

  • Vellum Binding with Michael Burke
  • Edelpappband with Dieter Räder
  • Leather Facsimile Chemise with Philippa Räder
  • Library Style Binding with Dominic Riley

Tutors and students will share all meals and enjoy informal presentations in the evening, followed by time around the camp fire. On the free day between classes there will be visits to places of special interest nearby.

Fees will include tuition, all meals, detailed hand-outs and all materials.

For further details visit:


The Harmatan bookbinders apron is now available for purchase.
Blue, polycotton, adjustable neck bank, and with two pockets.

A stylish addition to your bindery!

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.





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.

Sunday 27th October 2019.



Society of Bookbinders.


University of Bath 29th – 31st August 2019

Further details  can be found at

Regional Meetings..

London and South East, Saturday 8th December.

Kelly Street, London



The Guild of Bookworkers, Standards of Excellence Conference

23rd to 27th October Philadelphia.

  More information:


Private Press, Artist Books, Limited and Fine Art Editions, and us!

3rd – 6th February 2019.

7th Biannual Event, Cranweay Pavilion, Richmond, CA, USA.




2019 date to be advised.

St. Pieterkerk, Leiden, The Netherlands

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




Sunday 14th April.2019.

‘t bauhaus, St.Niklaas, near Antwerp

More information:



Le Livre &ses Metiers D’Art

22-24 February 2019. Montreuil Bellay.



Biennales, 26th – 29th September 2019.

Saint Remy les Chevreuse.

15th 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.



Montreuil Bellay.

Salon, le livre et ses metiers d’art.

21st 24 th February 2019.

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