Handmade leather journals from the Galloway Forest!

Carsphairn, Scotland
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Mischa Rose

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Mischa Rose


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About ElrohirLeather

Sales 5,424
On Etsy since 2015

Welcome to Middle Earth....

When I moved out of a perfectly civilised Welsh seaside village, and headed inland 40 miles and uphill by 900ft to live on a four-hundred year old smallholding in the Clocaenog Forest, it was indeed like moving to Middle Earth. Sensible heating was replaced by a coal furnace and a woodburner, it was nearly a year before we had running water, and our small herd of horses had a waterproof roof over their heads before we did. It was still pretty good here though, and we rapidly adopted distinctly old-fashioned ways of doing things....because in this environment, they worked better. Living through a winter high up in the isolation of the Welsh hills teaches you that things you make need to be functional, tough, and durable. We learned to build with stone and create solid wooden joints, bought hand made ironwork, and also got back into the habit of repairing and even making leather items that we needed. For me, it tended to be saddlebags or other bits of horse stuff--repairing reins or bridles, or making mecate straps and tool belts.

At the time I was running an equine feed business, but I slowly got disillusioned with the entire industry and decided enough was enough. My first idea was to go back to writing, but in between assignments, I found myself doing more and more leatherwork, firstly for things we needed, and later on, making things for other people. There's great satisfaction in making something with the same techniques and the same sorts of basic tools that have been used by craftsmen for hundreds of years. For me, it created a strong bond with the generations of people who lived in my house years ago--people who also worked with their hands in much the same way I do today.

A year on, and Elrohir appeared on Etsy for the first time-and was an instant success :) We quickly decided to specialise in making journals, since this was an area where leatherwork and art blended together and afforded plenty of opportunities for extravagant decoration. Latterly, we have begin to produce paper notebooks and inserts for our Travelers Notebooks, not least because we could never find the sorts of things we wanted for ourselves.

Everything made at Elrohir in some way reflects the landscape I live in. 2019 saw us move 250 miles away from Wales, exchanging the half-light of the Clocaenog Forest for the bleak hills and vast forests of the southern Scottish Uplands. It still feels like Middle Earth, particularly since our new workshop was built in the C16th and there is an actual castle next door. I hope our books take a little part of our ancient, wild, mysterious elvish environment to all the corners of the world.


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Last updated on 15 May, 2022
Welcome to Middle Earth :) Here at Elrohir in the Galloway Forest, we make a range of fabulous high-end travelers notebooks and journals. Some are sensible, stylish and cool, and others are wildly decorative, some are both, and all reflect the richness and diversity of our the ancient place in which we live :)

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Returns and exchanges
I gladly accept returns and exchanges
Contact me within: 14 days of delivery
Dispatch items back within: 30 days of delivery
I don't accept cancellations
But please contact me if you have any problems with your order.
The following items can't be returned or exchanged
Because of the nature of these items, unless they arrive damaged or defective, I can't accept returns for:
  • Custom or personalised orders
  • Items on sale
Returns and exchange details

We don't accept refunds or exchanges on items that are personalised or have been made to order. We're sorry, but it's just not sustainable for us to do so.

We accept returns on ready-to-ship items if you are in the UK. If you really don't like an item when it arrives, then send it back to us using a tracked delivery method within 14 days--unused and in the condition we sent it. We will refund you the purchase price minus the shipping. If we shipped for free--we will subtract the actual price of the shipping from the refund.

We no longer accept international returns due to the difficulties we have had with import taxes and other charges levied on us in the UK.

However--if an item is faulty on arrival please contact us, wherever you are in the world. We will repair, replace or refund faulty items but please talk to us before you send something back, especially if you are international, so we can decide on the best course of action. We will NOT accept an international return if it lands with a customs or import charge on it, and it will be returned to you by the Post Office :(

By 'faulty' we mean substantially damaged, or completely different to what you actually ordered :) Here are a few thoughts on this--we very rarely have any issues to be honest, but just so as everyone knows what to expect:

1. An item is not 'faulty' or 'substantially different to the item description' if you didn't actually read the item description and then randomly ordered the wrong thing. Basically, if the picture shows pockets, but you actually didn't select the option with pockets even though you wanted them, you won't be getting pockets. I am trying, but I can't read minds, folks, you have to take a bit of responsibility here :)

2. Looking like real, solid leather isn't faulty. Top grain, vegetable tanned leather is a natural product. It's not floppy plastic. It will have minor but visible range marks, like faint scars, lines, variations in colour, marblings, and speckles. We use top quality leather from ethical sources, but we use ALL of our leather. We see the textures of the skin as an inherent part of the item--our stuff looks like proper leather, not like plastic or PU synthetics or highly processed leather. Of course, if you ask us, we can probably make you something that is totally smooth and featureless too, but you might as well just buy something synthetic and cheaper?

3. We try to describe colours accurately to avoid nasty surprises, when your monitor shows purple as dark brown, for example. We boringly call our colours 'dark pink' or 'pale green' rather than 'Mermaid Candy Sparkle' or 'Leaf Dream Drift' or that sort of thing :D At any rate, if we sell you a clearly described purple book, we won't see it as faulty if you thought it was blue. Our stuff also is hand made, hand dyed, and made from natural products--each item will be unique and the exact shades and placements of colours WILL differ widely from item to item. Please bear this in mind and ask us before you buy if you want something specific.

4. It's not faulty if you ordered the wrong size. We are clear on sizing! Two sets of measurements and the international paper sizing dimensions are provided on each listing. I have every sympathy with this actually, but folks! Just get a tape measure out! It'll make your lives so much easier :D

5. Our covers will last you a lifetime if you look after them. We provide care instructions with every book. We can advise, but we won't see an item as faulty, if you manage to damage your cover. Here's some examples--if you expose lighter colours to excess sunlight (UV is the enemy of leather), somehow rip something in half, deeply scratch it, damage the finish by saturating it, or the item has been used in ways or conditions it wasn't designed for and shows signs of misuse (this includes rolling the leather to soften it or soaking it in unsuitable oils or conditioners. We recommend Tandy or Fiebings Carnauba wax and nothing else). We can probably advise you what to do about it but we cannot be responsible for those sorts of damages :(
I am pretty approachable so feel free to convo and ask anything you need to know!


If you change your mind before I have shipped a stock item, then we can cancel the order. We do ship pretty quickly though and I would ask you to choose carefully and not change your mind!
We no longer accept cancellations on custom and made to order items. We are sorry about this but cancellations throw our schedules and finances into chaos and create a lot of extra admin work that we simply don't have time to do. There are no exceptions so please don't ask :(

Bear in mind that we are a busy shop and we process a lot of orders from elsewhere--this is a business and a living not a hobby :D Our books are all hand made and are not banged out on a mechanised production line, so the waiting list can be long--up to 8 weeks. This will be made clear on the listing, on your receipt when you order, and in any convos you have with me. We try to get things done well before the deadline but PLEASE be aware that the shipping estimate applies to YOU as well as the sixty other orders I have to make before I do yours :D

We aim to ship as soon as we can, and for ready to ship items, that is normally the next working day.

If you order a custom cover or inserts, THE PRODUCTION TIME AND ESTIMATED SHIPPING DATE WILL BE ON THE THE LISTING AND ON THE RECEIPT ETSY SENDS YOU WHEN YOU ORDER :D Currently we are turning away more work than we are taking on, and wait times are likely to be 8 weeks or so before we ship. Apparently this is character building and teaches patience (I can't even wait for a kettle to boil so I applaud your self control if you can manage this without emailing me at least twice in the hope that nagging will make me work faster. It wont, but it's always nice to hear from people anyway :D )


We post out Royal Mail First Class for the UK, or Standard Airmail for Europe and the rest of the world.

First class and standard airmail does not include a tracking number. Tracking from the UK costs more, and there is a paid option for tracking at checkout, so please choose it if you want your item tracked :)

If your item is lost in the post, we will replace it for you. We will not refund.
Additional policies and FAQs
We welcome custom orders. If you have an idea, or would like us to make you a personalised stock item, do talk to us :)