So a few months ago when his granddaughter, Hannah, asked me to help with a special book for him, I didn't even hesitate to respond affirmatively. I was honored and grateful for the opportunity to spend time with my friend Hannah, and at the same time, create a unique keepsake that would honor such a well respected and beloved man as President Pugh. The custom, hand bound book contains a collection of letters and photos from those family and friends who share an admiration and enduring love for him.
Hannah and I talked about the project and discussed a few design elements. She really wanted leather as the primary material for the book. So we started at the leather shop and went from there. We hit a couple of my favorite places downtown, Reuel's Art Supply off of West Temple and The Leather Factory (a long time fave place of mine). It was all I could do to pull myself away from the leather stuff, calligraphy inks, soft paper and acrylic paints. I could have drank some of those bottles they were so tempting. I did manage to purchase a vibrant orange and a stunning pink calligraphy ink. I must write Matt a 19th anniversary love letter with something bold, right?
|She wanted waxed sinew-looking cord to stitch the pages. She also requested an "X" in the binding on the spine. She loved that detail.|
|And she wanted a long strap to wrap around at least 2 times. You can't see from the photos, but it did.|
|For the pages of the book, she chose beautiful deckled art paper in cream and a mustard brown color. She has great taste. The paper was rich and soft with those classic watermarks imbedded in the fibers.|
|Gold calligraphy ink seemed to be the best choice to inscribe the dedication, he's golden and refined.|
|The unbleached cotton muslin protective wrap with fine linen twine and a red sun wax seal.|
|The final packaging, I just couldn't do a bow.|
Happy 70th President Pugh. I hope you get some free time with the horses out on the range, find some rocks on a hike, catch a fish or two, and enjoy a dutch oven meal for your birthday. The heavens only know, you deserve it.