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Everyone we come across in the book world has a favorite place to buy leather, book board, glue, scissors, linen thread and many other little doodahs we use for making books. There are also special places that have cards, shells, beads, feathers, hemp fabric, tapes and all the little devices we can't live without for our books. Here is a listing of some of our favorite places.

Dover Publications, Inc. - 31 East 2nd Street, Mineola, N.Y. 11501     Electronic Clip Art (CD-ROM) & Dover Electronic Display Fonts.
Califia Books - 20 Hawthorne St., San Francisco CA 94105
(415) 284-0314         Fine press and artists' books, broadsides and resource books.
Chaucers Bookstore - Loretto Plaza (Las Positas and State Sts. Santa Barbara CA). The finest collection of books on paper, bookbinding, cards, origami - you name it. The children's section has all kinds of crazy book things. Good cards, journals and Dover paperbacks.
McManus Morgan - 7th St across from McArthur Park in Los Angeles. The oldest, most venerable paper supplier in Los Angeles. The shop hasn't changed in 50 years. They have an extraordinary selection and know all about the properties of the papers they sell.
Hiromi Japanese Papers - Bergamont Station, 26th Ave, Santa Monica. (310)998-0098     Beautiful store, beautiful papers and prices that allow you to appreciate the labor that made them.
Violet's Rubber Stamp Inn - 2692 Loma Vista Road, Ventura, CA 93003 (805) 648-7610. Beside all the usual stamping supplies, you can find a small selection of art papers, books, and some bookmaking supplies. The best part are the classes and workshops on book making. Instructors come there from all over the country.
Art from Scrap - 302 E. Cota and Garden Sts. Santa Barbara CA. Weird hours: TWF 10:-2: TH 10:-6: Sat 10:-3: (805)884-0459.      This is a treasure trove of cheap, fun, good stuff. Always a surprise and a delight to shop there and be kind to your conscience too.
Dharma Trading Co - P.O. Box 150916, San Rafael CA 94915 (800) 542-5227. The most extensive selection of dyes and things to dye on in the West. Silk painting, batik, fabric painting and other colorful fiber arts are created with their supplies. The selection of white clothing in silk and cotton to decorate is huge. Nice people to work with.
Hide & Leather House - 870 W. Cienega Ave. #7, San Dimas CA 91773 (866)527-3332 ALSO - The Hide House - 595 Monroe St. Napa CA 94559 (707)255-6160 - Leather suppliers
Saderma - 1000 N. Western Ave. Corner of Romaine, Los Angeles CA 90029. (323)461-4861. Mon-Fri 7: - 4: Sun 7: - 1:. Actually a shoemaker's supply house, but they have an enormous stock of wonderful leathers... all kinds. Book leathers run from $4 to $5.50 per sq. ft.
Art Essentials - Victoria and Anapamu Sts., Santa Barbara CA. Sam and Carey, the owners, are really nice guys and always helpful. The 20% discount you can have just by asking for it, makes their prices competative with larger stores and cheap mail order places.
Light Impressions - P.O. Box 787 Brea CA 92822, (800) 828-6216 A mail order source for archival supplies including mat board, papers, UV filtering glass, boxes, photo and slide storage systems, glues and tapes and other useful book and box making supplies. They also carry an extensive collection of photo albums and scrap books and the sleeves of various sizes to fill them. Shipping is fast and efficent.
Daniel Smith - (800) 426-6740 Great catalogue, full of clear, useful, accurate information. Not the cheapest, but always good quality. They ship promptly.
Paper, Ink - Loretto Plaza (State and Las Positas Sts.) Santa Barbara Ca. A great selection of laser and ink jet friendly papers with matching envelopes. Some mouth watering papers from Italy, Japan, England and elsewhere. Sealing wax, stickers and ribbons, calligraphy pens. Always something to crave.
Dolphin Papers - 1043 Virginia Ave., Indianapolis IN 46203 - toll free (877)868-0002 > Imported and domestic papers of all kinds. Good prices and very nice people to deal with.
TALAS - 568 Broadway, New York NY 10012 (212) 219-0770. Supplies, tools, papers and leather for book artists.
NASCO Arts and Crafts - 4825 Stoddard Rd., Modesto CA 95356-9318 (800) 558-9895 Art supplies and materials.
Dick Blick Art Materials - P.O. Box 1267, Galesburg IL 61402-1267 (800) 447-8192 Art supplies and materials.
Photographers Formulary - P.O. Box 950, Condon MT 59826 (800) 922-5255. Cyanotype print chemicals. Supplies for alternative printing processes.
East West DyeCom.Inc - 2210 East Gate Ave. NE, Roanoke VA 24012 (703) 345-4241. Anodized Aluminum. Variety of colors and shapes.
Turtle Press Studio & Store - 2215 N.W. Market Street, Seattle WA 98107 A fabulous source of interesting art supplies. (They were the first to offer Chronicle books set of "dog tags" that are great for add-ons of journals, collage, etc. They carry good journals. Only the best quality. Kerrie Carbary is the owner/artist. She also publishes a book arts 'zine DOG EARED.
ARTchix Studio - 1957 Hampshire Rd., Victoria, BC V8R 5T9 Canada - A great source for ephemera. Helga Strauss is the owner/artist. She offers great ephemera sheets, rubber stamps, labels, odds and ends. Nice to do business with. She and her partner also do a 'zine ARTITUDE.
Miki's Papers - 1801 Fourth St., Berkeley,Ca 94710 - (510) 845-9530. Gorgeous japanaese hand stenciled papers.
Jeffrey S. Peachey - Book, Paper and Archives Conservator, 150 E. 3rd. St, Suite 3E, New York, NY 10009, 212-387-7860 -- knives, spatulas, scalpels, triangles, disbinding tool, boxmaking jigs, etc.
Hollander's, - 407 North Fifth Avenue (Kerrytown Shops), Ann Arbor, Michigan, 734-741-7531.
EBA/Kutrimmer paper cutters: Pedram Fanian - c/o SignetAndino, 1506-75 Graydon Hall Dr., Toronto, Ontario M3A 3M5, Canada; - even with shipping charges from Canada, still has the best prices on any model; also carries three-hole punches and cutting mats by Carl Office Products
Campbell-Logan Bindery - 212 N 2nd St, Minneapolis, MN 55401, 800-942-6224, Bookcloth and equipment; interesting links section
Book Making Needs - 665 Third Street, Ste. 335, San Francisco, CA 94107, (415) 546-4168
Colophon Book Arts Supply - 3611 Ryan Street SE, Lacey, WA 98503, (360) 459-2940, Excellent source for marbeling supplies.
Aitoh Company - 362 Littlefield Avenue, South San Francisco, CA 94080, 800-681-5533, Japanese screw punches, origami and washi papers, origami books, Oriental calligraphy supplies; minimum $100 order.
Think Ink - 322 NE 162nd, Shoreline, WA 98155, (800) 778-1935, Gocco printers, inks and supplies
Twinrocker Papermaking & Book Arts Supplies - (P.O. Box 413) 100 East Third, Brookson, IN 47923, (765) 563-3119,
Book Makers International - 6701B Lafayette Avenue, Riverdale Park, Maryland 20737,(301) 927 - 7787, Book cloth, adhesives, binding thread, tools and supplies - Publishes a quarterly with ads on books, papers, tool and equipment for sale, as well as calls for entry, listing of conferences, exhibits, etc.
Caldelle Leather - 1649 12th Street, Santa Monica, CA 90404, (310) 314-8800 - Pig suede in a huge range of colors; also, see their scrap bin!

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