Similar in character to Italian cover papers of the Renaissance, these hand-made boards are made of several layers of medium weight paper (approx. 70gsm MVM paper), which is itself made from old linen textiles retted and beaten by traditional ‘Wooden Stampers’. It has been designed to a quality standard set by Christopher Clarkson at his workshops at the Moulin du Verger which began in 2007. While trying to rescue wet books after the Florence flood of 1966, Christopher found that the limp and semi-limp paper covered book structures of the Magliabechiana Collection had survived the water and mud. He had been unable to obtain a paper of similar toughness, durability or quality to that used on those early Italian Renaissance bindings until he worked at the Moulin du Verger.
Because of the raw materials and hand-made production process this board should not be compared with thick artist papers, but should be thought as an alternative to leather and bookcloth.