Island Life

February 10th, 2017 | By Ian and Dominique Metcalfe | Category: Bibles Direct Latest

Many of you reading this – keen Allan followers that you are – will be well aware that over the past several years we have had long periods where key lines have been out of stock. The binderies we’ve been using have had external pressures – but of course, there’s also the fact that making a Bible by hand just takes time.

So we’ve been working hard to develop links with new binderies here in the UK so as to release additional capacity – a year or so ago we sold our first Bibles bound by Ludlow Bookbinders, and there’s plenty more to come from them. Today, though, we are delighted to announce our partnership with Charfleet Book Bindery, of Canvey Island, Essex; although it’s not an entirely new relationship, as Charfleet are the successors in business of Neale Dataday, who used to bind Allan Bibles down in Cornwall 20 years ago…

Canvey Island may not be the most romantic of islands, sitting on the Thames Estuary with a natural gas storage facility and oil terminal just upstream – but on the plus side, it was first settled by the Romans 2000 years ago, so it has a long history, and the salt marshes dividing it from the mainland provide a home for a rich array of wildlife – one day we’ll have time to stop for a good tramp along the footpaths that wend around the creeks of the marsh.

But today we’re not here for the Romans, the oil or the wildlife, but for the craft bindery that sits on a light industrial estate quietly producing high-quality leather notebooks and diaries for some of London’s top stores, places like Liberty, Burberry and Dunhill. Over the past year we have been working together behind the scenes and the firstfruits have in fact already been seen, in the form of our most recent batch of Allan Journals and the new smaller format Allan Notebooks.

Now, though, we are on the brink of receiving Charfleet’s first Bible binding run, in the form of the NLT Reader’s edition, bound in our trademark highland goatskin in a choice of all four of our ‘standard’ colours, Black, Brown, Navy and Red. With a spec closely matching that of the ever-popular ESV New Classic Readers and a sheet stock printed for us by Tyndale with a large print size and double column reference layout, these Bibles are a significant move on from our previous NLT edition, and will be available to preorder very shortly, with the first copies leaving us in early March.

Here are a couple of photos of the work in progress:

NLT Readers Navy Blue

NLT Readers Red

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