More than just a cool journal with purple accents. Mercy is the disposition to show kindness or compassion. The Royal Tempest is created to help us focus our thoughts, words and actions on Mercy. The Tempest, by William Shakespeare, is a story about…
Mercy is the disposition to show kindness or compassion. The Royal Tempest is created to help us focus our thoughts, words and actions on Mercy. The Tempest, by William Shakespeare, is a story about… an exiled ruler who uses magic to restore his daughter to power and argues that the powerful must show mercy.
We all have power over some and are under the power of others... There are those above our station, in power over us, and those below. Let us focus on treating with kindness, compassion and honor those who are not as smart, brave, talented, well dressed, well spoken, successful or have different opinions from us. And, in doing so, if there is karma, hope that those above us will do the same for us.
Certainly... we are not perfect and not always kind or compassionate and... that’s what The Royal Tempest is for… to write in and reflect on our thoughts, words and actions, see things from a different perspective and increase our capacity for personal greatness.
The purple Imperial Jasper bead... has a swirled storm inside to remind of us that it's a difficult, humbling and turbulent task to look inward at ourselves in this way. Each Bead is unique in it's own right and as nature intends things to be. You can see the variety of our beads in the image above.
The PURPLE thread... represents that we are royalty to some and peasants to others. It's an outward reminder to treat those below us how we would like to be treated by those above us.
INTENTION OF THIS JOURNAL: This journal is a place to review your daily experiences in the context of Mercy... to discharge the pain of those situations where you felt powerless to the will of those over you and also to reflect on the kindness and compassion you have shown to others.
In the world today where... division and intolerance are on the rise, centering our thoughts on kindness and compassion are things we should reflect on daily and that is why we created The Royal Tempest.
This Journal comes as a Unit... 2 individually removable refills combined with a matching leather bookmark (normally $9.95). It can also be personalized but personalization is not included in the cost. If you do get personalization we will also put it on your bookmark for Free.
This design is available in 6 sizes with 2 - 40 page refills, each of which are individually removable. (See example sizes below)
It's also leather lined in black and sewn on our lightweight machine for a more elegant sleek look. It's soft, sturdy and will give you that broken in feeling right out of the box.
Our unique Solomon's Knot construction
The hand-tied Solomon's Knot makes this multi refillable/modular journal possible. It takes 32 individual knots to complete this binding. go ahead and count them :)
The Solomon's Knot has been used across a number of cultures and historical eras and can be given a range of symbolic interpretations. It represents immortality and eternity and, in Buddhism, the Endless Knot. Because of the 2 entwined knots, it is sometimes interpreted as a Lover's Knot. Because of religious connections, the knot is sometimes designated the all-faith symbol of faith, but, at the same time, it appears in many places as a valued secular symbol of prestige, importance and beauty.
The Solomon's Knot is cool, organic, Earthy and speaks to your soul more than something metal or elastic could ever do.
Here's the other thing about our unique Solomon's Knot construction... It doesn't wear out like elastic. It won't bend or break like metal clips. It's not magnetic which might mess up your electronics.
Choose from 6 different sizes (see size details below). Choose which paper you would like in your journal refills. We take paper pretty seriously. It adds a lot to your writing and/or drawing experience. We offer you 3 choices of European papers described below in more detail. The PKT and LG sized covers for a Moleskine Cahier will hold their refills as well but our papers are superior to those used in the Moleskine brand refills. Arches Text Wove, a French paper, is our Standard. The Frankfurt papers from Germany are paper upgrades. Select if you would like your item Personalized NOTE: If you select 3 Initial Personalization we will also personalize your Free Matching bookmark.This journal also comes with a FREE matching leather bookmark.
Watch the Product Video to see how to remove and insert the refills.
see the Options Tab for more details.
When ordering you can choose:
SIZE: 6 Sizes to choose from daVinci: 9 X 11 (not shown) SOUL:5.5 X 8.5 LG Moleskine: 5-1/8 X 8.25 Pathfinder: 4.5 X 6.5 PKT Cahier: 3.5 X 5.5 Companion: 3.5 X 4.5
Each cover holds 2-40 page refills which are included with your choice of 3 European fine art and writing papers.
PAPER: 3 European Fine Art Papers. See our Materials Tab to learn more about our papers.
PERSONALIZATION: 3 initials or up to 3 full lines. See the Personalization Tab to learn about all the ways your item can be personalized.
see the Materials Tab for more info on our leather and papers
Shipping: Our items are shipped with $9.95 flat rate shipping via USPS 1st class or Priority mail. Transit times are usually 2-3 days, counting Saturday but not Sunday.
Returns: All of our items come with a 30-day hassle-free return policy.
While we are your Makers and you know exactly where your leather goods come from, it’s also important to know the source of the materials we use in making them for you. If you would like more info about our products and sources then let’s connect to discuss.
Italian Leather: Our Primary Ingredient
We are soft leather experts and have developed proprietary techniques for working with softer Chrome tanned Italian leathers.
Unlike the stiffer, belt like, Vegetable tanned leathers, our leathers are soft right out of the box. Like the blue jeans you wear that only get softer and more comfortable with age, our leathers will immediately conform to your lifestyle and develop a great patina over time, making your life’s adventures more memorable and meaningful.
Unbranded English Cow –Chrome/Oil tanned - Full Grain – Struck thru (dyed all the way thru the hide) Tanned in Italy – Unavailable anywhere else in the world.We worked with a 6th Generation tannery in Italy for 2 years to develop our proprietary leather.
We offer you a choice of 3 European, hand-torn papers: Arches Text Wove, Frankfurt White, and Frankfurt Creme.
Whether you write, draw or do both... using anything from a fountain pen to watercolor brushes, you will have the perfect paper.
Our Standard paper is Arches Text Wove. The Frankfurt papers are our premium papers and while made more for fountain pens, work very well for water coloring too.
Our papers are all 120gsm in weight which give them the body you will love. They will not feather or bleed with a fountain pen and are acid free. You can also watercolor on our papers. They take light and heavy washes well and will dry completely flat.
And because you can write on both sides with any pen or pencil, it's like having twice the amount of usable pages you would have in a book with thinner paper.
We also hand tear all of our papers from larger parent sheets to give you the rough, authentic and artisanal look and feel.
Solid Brass Hardware
Our hardware is all low lead solid brass
Low Lead means harder and stronger hardware.
Unlike much less expensive Zinc, Solid brass is not only strong and patinas well but the low lead content complies with California safety standards.
We have 2 finishes, Antique Brass and Nickel Matte and because we believe in building things the way you want them, we offer you the choice of hardware finish on all of our products. If you don’t see that choice then just ask us.
We want your tools in life to match your individuality without compromise and inspire your life’s adventures.
Threads and Cords
All kinds and all colors
Waxed Linen, Polyester and Nylon thread and cords are used to hand-sew our permanently bound journals and for creating the Solomon’s Knot on our Modular Journals.
We have all kinds of proprietary techniques for making our journals and you can learn them all with our DIY kits.
Ancient and Hand-carved Beads
The beads we use are anything but common.
Some of our beads are over 300 years old. Others are individually hand carved. Some are and rustic and tribal in nature while others are more elegant.
We use ancient African trade beads, Jade, Lapis, unpolished Tiger Eye, Jasper, Opal, solid bronze and Sterling Silver and are always adding to and changing out line.
If there’s one thing that really gets us off it’s making your item look totally cool and unique.
And, when it comes to Personalizing your item, nothing gets more personal and unique. That’s why we offer so much more than just initials, a name or a short line of text.
While it’s impossible to list all the creative and different ways we can personalize your book, bag or cover, we tried grouping them into the categories below. Any and all of these can be combined so if you need something special then contact us.
Also, keep in mind that while we usually have standard placement for personalization, we can put it just about anywhere on your item at your request. There is no additional charge for that but you do need to tell us.
Leather Patches are one of the most Unique forms of personalization we know of and nobody that we know of does it.
This is where we create a leather patch, put whatever you want on it… a Symbol, up to 3 full lines of type…. basically, whatever you would like, and sew the patch onto your item. Because setup on these can take a long time, we typically make at least 2 just in case we make a mistake. But we usually don’t so in that case we will either just give you the second one or sew it onto your bookmark (if it's included) and if it fits.
Combinations & Variations: We can combine patches, Symbols, Single or Multi-line Personalization in whatever way/s you would like.
There are near unlimited variations and we do our best to make your patch look as cool as possible. But if you have certain placement needs or desires then you can just let us know.
If you have a logo or graphic you would like debossed into your item or on a patch then we can do that too. The max size is 5x2 inches. We send out to have a special metal die made which can be used over and over again.
Custom Metal Casting
beads, logos, findings and more...
We have partnered with G&S Jewelry Mfg. in Albuquerque to vacuum cast your wildest dreams in just about any metal you would like.
We can make just 1 or many pieces for you. This is great if you want to create a journal and use your own custom bead design for your own Unique series of modular journals. It can be a corporate logo or a family crest, a meaningful symbol between you and your loved one... almost anything you would like.
Creativity is your only limit. So let your imagination run wild and contact us with your idea. You can watch our on location video to learn more and give you an introduction to the process. Just click the button below.
Our products are individually hand-crafted to order and shipped directly to you. There’s never unsold inventory, no middlemen and no high markups. All of these savings are passed on to you so you get the best in style, materials and craftsmanship at a fraction of traditional retail prices. Win-win.
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