About the Tools

Tools have a profound impact on a craftsperson's process and product, and are only as good as the materials they are made of.  They influence a maker's work both practically and mentally. Practically, a tool that can perform its task well and withstand the rigor of daily use will likely be the first one reached for. Mentally, using a well made tool encourages the craftsperson to give the same care and attention to their work that went into making it.

Brien specializes in making and refurbishing tools designed for bookbinding and its related disciplines, and strives to make tools that combine function, feel, durability, and detail. Beginning with the raw materials, a few select tools, and a whole lot of time, Brien makes his tools by hand, for the hand.