Don Taylor Custom Red Leather Bound Tomoe River Journals

If you’re a regular reader of my blog, I’m thinking this might be of interest to you. You like beautiful pens and gorgeous inks. Why are you writing in sub-par journals? Three years ago I got some Tomoe River and was thinking about getting some leather bound journals made. A friend recommended a bookbinder and restoration expert named Don Taylor and I had these made:

So that was three years ago and I am absolutely in love with those journals. So much so that my wife had a third made for me for our one year wedding anniversary. 

I later participated in another group buy and got a ream of 2000 sheets of A4 Tomoe River paper. I had so much that it wouldn’t fit in my paper box so back to Don Taylor I went and had these made:

They are truly wonderful and bound with a thick and soft red leather (I think goat) that really has a wonderful feel in the hand. The leather has a few small flaws but I chose it despite that–I find they add a little character. 


I again opted for thick boards and a back pocket though no ribbon this time. It’s not necessary as I use a blotter sheet as a bookmark anyway. I had initially asked for only two journals to be made from the paper I supplied but it ended up being a little too much so I went with three instead and they are still thicker than any other journal I own. I’m guessing each one has 650-700 pages. 

Despite how thick the journals are they lie quite flat and will pose no problem for writing. The binding is exquisite and every little detail Is perfect. I’m a big fan of Don’s craftsmanship which comes from over 30 years of binding experience. I will definitely be getting more. 


And you should too. 🙂 Definitely reach out to Don. He now has his own source of Tomoe River paper suitable for making journals to your specifications. He has leathers of all the colours you can imagine–even hot pink and orange. 


Thanks for stopping by. 

8 Comments

  1. Ramblings from Canada

    Oh wow, I am completely in love! I thought I was sold when I first saw your posts on IG, but after seeing this, I KNOW I have to have some of these journals made and soon 😀 You make such a good point about using fabulous (and pricey) pens and sup-bar books. These just look so classy and elegant. Thank you so much for leading us to Don and these amazing journals. I can’t wait to order some 🙂

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  2. Gerald Taylor (Post author)

    Absolutely my pleasure. I’m pretty passionate about these–they’re super awesome. I’m sure you will love yours–Don is a great guy to work with.

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  3. S.

    Exquisite! I will definitely order some but I shudder to think of the cost… Well, that’s okay; my toddler son can go without food for the next 8 months, so that I can pay for this gorgeousness 😉

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    1. Gerald Taylor (Post author)

      🙂 I think they’re worth it. Enjoy and thanks for reading!

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  4. Paula Tee

    Hi Gerald, I was wondering if these journals have lay flat binding. I ask because I was using the paperforfountainpens.com journals on both sides of the paper and find there’s a big hump that makes it difficult to write. Are you able to post a picture of your journal open? Thanks!

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    1. Gerald Taylor (Post author)

      Thanks for visiting. Second last photo above shows an open journal. Yes there is a bit of a hump but I don’t have any trouble writing on it. It would be minimized with fewer sheets but I was greedy and wanted thick journals. 🙂

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  5. Jacob Pelleman

    I was told a Vanness Pens discount code was offered through here?

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    1. Gerald Taylor (Post author)

      Only on my most recent review for the Bexley Bear. Code is for that pen only and is coffeepot

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