ZLarge Mariner's Logbook Cover - Hand Finished Leather - 1 colour, nameplate

$ 350 NZD

Handmade Leather by Fiona Ritchie for Sparrowhawk
Leather Custom made to order - stainless steel engraved plate available - please allow up to 2 weeks for completion


Suitable for:

Mariners who want their boating adventures preserved, in an heirloom quality, logbook cover (with their name, on the front).

Boat Owners who want their boat's performance and records preserved, perhaps even as a added feature if she was sold, with their boat's name engraved on the front. (Contact us on "Your Design" if you would like a specific font for your boat's name. Small, additional charge.)

Sparrowhawk's Mariner's Logbook covers are made to fit your logbook. This Mariner's Logbook cover was made to fit a Captain Teach Press' "A Mariner's Log Book" Deluxe Edition measuring 185mm wide x 250mm high.

The Large Mariner's Logbook Cover pictured is finished in Smooth Finish Navy with a stainless steel nameplate engraved with the boat's name. The "How it is Made" below describes how Fiona made this item. Boaties can select their leather finish, colour and nameplate above.

Large Mariner's Logbook Covers - logbooks measuring 240mm high to 300mm high

Medium Mariner's Logbook Covers - logbooks measuring 180mm high to 239mm high

Small Mariner's Logbook Covers - logbooks measuring less than 179 mm high

A good selection of Mariner's and Boat logbooks can be found in NZ on www.boatbooks.co.nz. Please advise the size of your logbook on your order.)

How is it made?

The genuine leather Mariner's Logbook Cover is made from top grain, hand finished, or vegetable tanned, full grain, "raw" russet leather. The leather is cut to an approximate size for the front cover, and the two keepers for the logbook. The keepers and covers are fitted, corners shaped, edges bevelled, and stitching lines grooved around the perimeter. The leather is cased and an edge groover used to create the lines on the keepers. After accurately measuring the location of the nameplate, two holes are punched through the leather cover, and the nameplate is hand riveted. A protective coating is applied to the inside of the leather. Then several coats of dye are hand applied to the outside of the leather. The colour on all pieces is then sealed, waxed and polished. Then the keepers are fitted to the cover, and the stitching holes around the perimeter are punched through, 3 at a time with a stitching chisel tool and rawhide mallet. Next, the three parts are handstitched using Irish Linen waxed thread in a two needle saddle stitch. All the outside edges are burnish and touched up with dye if necessary. Finally, a finishing wax and polish is applied.


Genuine hand finished leather (vegetable tanned, full grain leather), hand stitched with 4 ply waxed Irish Linen thread, stainless steel nameplate with high wear nickel rivets.

Style Guide

We will apply bone stitching to all styles. If you would like to change the stitching colour, please advise Fiona in the "instructions" section of your order.  

Nameplate specifications:

Maximum 12 letters (1 space between), or up to 15 letters if size reduced. Please advise the name to be engraved in the "Instructions" section of your order. (Contact us on "Your design" if you would like a specific font for your boat's name. Small additional charge).


The measurements will be roughly, 15 mm wider than your yacht, powerboat, or maritime vessel logbook, and 25 mm higher than your logbook.  Please advise the dimensions of your logbook (Width, when closed, Height, and spine Depth) in the "Instructions" section of your order. We will add on the additional allowances above when we make the pattern for your logbook cover. 

Free shipping on this product to New Zealand
Please allow up to 3 weeks for completion plus delivery time.
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100% Full Grain, Hand Dyed Leather

Each Sparrowhawk Leather piece is made to order by skilled Leather Artisan, Fiona Ritchie.

Fiona uses time honoured leathercraft techniques, including hand embossing and hand dyeing, allowing Sparrowhawk customers specify the colour and personalization of their piece.

By carefully selecting the leather to cut from the hide, and hand rubbing their dye colour to enhance its individual grain, Fiona crafts a one-off piece, with a unique finish, that is exclusively theirs.

Fiona's leather knowledge, designs and craftsmanship ensures each customer's Sparrowhawk leather piece is fit for purpose, beautiful and stands the test of time.

Our Founder

Fiona Ritchie Leather Artisan & Lifestyle Farmer

It takes knowledge, practiced techniques, and the best materials to achieve true leather craftsmanship. From 2014, when I made my first Pilot Logbook Cover following 3 days private tuition at a working tannery in Sydney, True Leather Craftsmanship has been my gold standard for Sparrowhawk.

Since then, I have made close to 1000 leather pieces from my Hunua Farm workshop. These include wallets, journal covers and documents holders. Each one is custom made, and personalised for its owner. Sparrowhawk Leather’s renowned Pilot Logbook covers are trusted and treasured by hundreds of pilots across NZ and Australia.

Whether commissioned as special gifts, business accessories or for personal use, Sparrowhawk Leather’s bespoke pieces are prized by their owners and recognised for their distinctive quality.

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