ZMedium Notebook / Journal Cover - Hand Finished Leather - Fluted Spine Initials

$ 375 NZD

Handmade Leather by Fiona Ritchie for Sparrowhawk
Leather custom made to order - embossed initials available - please allow up to 3 weeks for completion.


Suitable for:

Enthusiasts with a favourite interest or pastime who want their notes preserved in a journal or notebook protected by an quality leather cover embossed with their initials.

Medium Notebook / Journal Covers - Notebooks / Journals measuring 180mm high to 239mm high

The Book Cover pictured was hand dyed in Smooth Finish Tan with a Medium Brown spine and keepers and a natural colour border and embossed intials. The "How it is Made" below describes how Fiona made this item. You can select your leather finish, colour and nameplate or embossed intials above.

How is it made?

The Leather Journal / Notebook Cover is handcrafted from full grain, hand finished, or vegetable tanned, "raw" leather. The leather is cut to an approximate size for the back and spine, the front cover, and the two keepers for the diary. The keepers and covers are fitted, the corners shaped, the edges bevelled, and stitching lines grooved around the perimeter and edge of the spine. The leather is cased and the initials are carefully aligned and stamped with a rawhide mallet, then an edge groover used to create the lines on the keepers. Then several coats of dye are hand applied to the outside of leather. For each application of dye, a paintbrush is used to apply the dye around the border made by the stitching groover. The front cover, back cover and keepers being dyed separately. The colour on all pieces is then sealed, waxed and polished. The front and back cover's are re-measured to fit to the notebook. This measurement allows for the overlap of the spine to the front cover. The stitching holes along the spine are carefully hand chiselled and the edge of the spine hand burnished with a wooden burnisher. The front cover is attached to the spine, the stitching holes repunched through the join and the two pieces hand stitched together using Irish Linen waxed thread in a two needle saddle stitch. 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 keepers parts are hand stitched to the front cover. All the outside edges are burnished and touched up with dye if necessary. Finally, a finishing wax and polish is applied.


Genuine hand finished leather (vegetable tanned, full grain leather), laser engraved, hand stitched with 4 ply waxed Irish Linen thread..  

Style Guide

We recommended the highlight shades of Turquoise, Tan, Oxblood Red, Mahogany, British Tan or Green for the front cover, and darker shades of Medium Brown, Navy and Black for the spine.

Regarding the contast stitching colour to highlight the fluted detail, we will make a recommendation and consult with you when you place your order.

Initials Specifications:

Maximum 4 letters. Please advise the initials to be embossed in the "Instructions" section of your order.


225 mm wide (when closed) x 317 mm high.

Other Options:

Laser engraving is also available on any hand finished leather diary, logbook or journal cover. Sparrowhawk Leather's laser engraving enables logos and pictures to be engraved.See A5 Diary Cover - Hand Finished Leather - Fluted Spine Laser Engraving.

This design is also very attractive for a custom made leather Bible cover.

Contact us through the "Your Design" link with details and measurements for a quotation.

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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