12x14in - Album. Hand carved, tooled and embossed
kangaroo leather featuring an arched Celtic knotwork border of
twisted branches framing a woodland scene. Hand embossed leather
is raised up from underneath to create a 3D effect. The cover is
hand painted in a monochrome harmony of mahogany and brown using
a mix of antique stains, dyes and finishes.
The woodland scene is a fairy-tale landscape
of tangled trees, twisted branches, rocks, ferns and mossy
ground. The scene to the left of the tree is dominated by the
foliate head of the Green Man, the Old Man of the Woods, with
his face and beard made of oak leaves. He blends into the forest
becoming gnarled branches above and rocks below. The Green Man
is an extremely old image and appears in Europe where there are
stretches of old relict woodlands, such as the forest of
Sherwood. Here he represents the God of the Woods, the watchful
Spirit of the Forest, and the return of spring after winter.
The forest path winds around to the right of
the tree and symbolises the path of the Green Witch. Two coyotes
pause on the path by the ferns, one watches a whitetail deer in
the distance - he has clearly seen the coyotes. A screech owl in
the border watches from its perch. The path continues into the
forest until it vanishes over a rise, and a hawk flies over a
brief clearing in the foliage.
The knotwork border forms an arch of branches
and tendrils, with the canopy at the top and fine roots at the
bottom. Hidden within the border are five birds (from top right,
clockwise): blackbird, screech owl, sparrow, blackbird, sparrow.
The top corners are filled with oak leaves and a ruby-in-zoisite
cabochon rests in each corner of the front cover.
Ruby in Zoisite (Anyolite) is a mix of green
zoisite and black hornblende with opaque ruby inclusions. It is
found in Kenya and Tanzania, Africa. This stone relates to
creativity and healing and helps ideas swirling around in our
heads to stabilise and focus. It provides for amplification of
psychic abilities and healing energy, and increases awareness of
self while remaining connected to humanity.
The removable flat spine with four ridges and
adjustable Chicago screws (brass posts) allows this leather
grimoire to grow over the years. The front and back covers can
be used without the spine to start with a limited amount of
pages (1 to 2 inches). With the spine, four large Chicago screws
add strength to allow for 3 inches of paper and up to 3.5in with
extensions - well over 1000 pages.
The back cover features a reverse carved eye
in triangle sigil. Honey brown elephant hide endpapers.
This Grimoire for the Green Witch was
designed to contain an existing book of shadows - a collection
of hand written pages of spells and water colour paintings of
plants and herbs. This green witch lives on a large farm,
collects her own herbs either grown or wild, and runs her own
flower shop. Green witches are practical folk using what is
available, and feel comfortable spending time alone walking
quietly among the trees and watching the birds and animals.
This project took over two years to create
requiring almost 300 hours of unpaid work. The cost for tools
and materials alone far exceeded the original budget.
Cover: 311mm W x 368mm H (12.25 x 14.50in).
Page: 305mm W x 343mm H (12.00 x 13.50in). Weight: 1.358kg (3lb).
International Order: Tamera Strong (Michigan) 15 Jan 2005 - 21
design is also available as a 5" x 8" wire-bound
journal for only $11.95 USD. 160 pages - blank or lined.
here for details.