Tactile Craftworks

Etched Leather Map Journal

Vintage Notebook

A fresh take on a traditional craft, these etched leather notebook covers are built to last a lifetime and pay tribute to your favorite city.

They’re made entirely in America with incredible attention to detail. Makers Sarah Kirkham and Anna Warren, who live in Milwaukee, decided to source their materials and do all
manufacturing locally. The supple leather hides come from a local Milwaukee tannery. They are hand-cut and laser-engraved with antique, early 20th-century maps of U.S. cities right in the Maker’s hometown.

Since everything is so close by, Sarah and Anna are engaged at every stage of the process, from hand-selecting the materials to adding the finishing, post-technology touches to their work.

Tactile Craftworks journals come equipped with a removable (and replaceable) Moleskin notebook. So you can fill up as many pages as you want again, and again. Regardless of what you fill them with, these heirloom-quality covers wear beautifully and are worthy of your best ideas.
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Grommet Launch Conversation

  • Sarah
    Sarah

    Hello everyone! I'm proud to introduce Tactile Craftworks to The Grommet. I'd be happy to answer any questions you have!

  • Nicole
    Nicole
    6/28/2017 10:26 AM

    Can you do Green Bay?

  • Sarah
    Sarah – Special Guest
    6/28/2017 10:31 AM

    @Nicole We do release new cities from time to time, and we always make a note when a city is requested. We'll add Green Bay to the list!

  • Pattie
    Pattie
    6/28/2017 11:03 AM

    @Sarah I would love to see Green Bay as well.

  • Sarah
    Sarah – Special Guest
    6/28/2017 11:19 AM

    @Pattie We'll make a note. Thanks for letting us know!

  • A
    A
    6/28/2017 10:26 AM

    Your products are so beautiful! I love the refills. Have you ever considered making a journal for Tacoma, WA?

  • Sarah
    Sarah – Special Guest
    6/28/2017 10:34 AM

    @A Thank you so much for your kind words! Tacoma is definitely on the list of potential cities, it's such a beautiful part of the country. We certainly wouldn't mind finding that source map on location!

  • Amy
    Amy
    6/28/2017 10:36 AM

    Gorgeous!!! Awesome idea! I know it is not the intention, but maybe, someday, other cities from other countries? Like there are so many vintage shots/scenes of different cities all around the world that are just truly amazing! Mostly pre-WWI or pre-WW2 era! Thannks!

  • Sarah
    Sarah – Special Guest
    6/28/2017 11:22 AM

    @Amy Thank you so much, Amy! We appreciate it. We certainly have plans of branching out international city maps. Most of the maps we use as source material are dated between 1880-1920, the aesthetic is just right for us.

  • Shari
    Shari
    6/28/2017 11:59 AM

    @Sarah I would be on board for that. Oslo, in particular, though I imagine London and Paris would be popular

  • Sarah
    Sarah – Special Guest
    6/28/2017 12:07 PM

    @Shari absolutely. That's the first request for Oslo we've had, we'll be sure to add it to our list. Thanks so much!

  • Alice C
    Alice C
    6/28/2017 10:38 AM

    Have you made one for Boise, Idaho?

  • Sarah
    Sarah – Special Guest
    6/28/2017 11:23 AM

    @Alice C we haven't made a Boise Journal yet, but we'll make a note that there's interest. Thanks!

  • stephanie
    stephanie
    6/28/2017 10:41 AM

    I need to know if you do Memphis Tenn, looking for a xmas gift this year for my Brother in Law, and this is right up his alley.

  • Sarah
    Sarah – Special Guest
    6/28/2017 11:24 AM

    @stephanie Hi, currently the only city we offer in Tennessee is Nashville. Thank you!

  • Jackie
    Jackie
    6/28/2017 10:43 AM

    Would you consider adding Newport Beach California?

  • Sarah
    Sarah – Special Guest
    6/28/2017 11:26 AM

    @Jackie Thanks so much for your question. We typically need to focus on larger cities, but we always make a note when a new location is requested, so we'll be sure to add Newport Beach to the list. I'll bet it's beautiful there!

  • John
    John
    6/28/2017 10:49 AM

    Do you have Pittsburgh, PA?

  • Sarah
    Sarah – Special Guest
    6/28/2017 11:27 AM

    @John Not yet, but we do release new cities fairly frequently, and Pittsburgh is pretty high on the list. Thanks so much.

  • Angela
    Angela
    6/28/2017 10:49 AM

    Beautiful product! Please add Gettysburg PA to your list of cities. With all of the Civil War buffs around and the 2.5 million visitors we get every year I'm sure it would be a big seller.

  • Sarah
    Sarah – Special Guest
    6/28/2017 11:41 AM

    @Angela We've absolutely considered a Gettysburg map, we love the history involved in those locations. Thanks for the suggestion!

  • Peter
    Peter
    6/28/2017 10:55 AM

    Hello. Do you have maps from any canadian cities? I would love Ottawa or Toronto.

    Peter

  • Sarah
    Sarah – Special Guest
    6/28/2017 11:32 AM

    @Peter We only make US cities at the moment, but we definitely have plans to expand to include an international market. Thanks so much for your interest!

  • shirley
    shirley
    6/28/2017 10:56 AM

    do you every do a state instead of cities

  • Sarah
    Sarah – Special Guest
    6/28/2017 11:33 AM

    @shirley Thanks for your question. We have found that the amount of detail involved in the city maps works more successfully than the full state maps, so it's unlikely we'll be releasing state journals.

  • shirley
    shirley
    6/28/2017 12:14 PM

    @Sarah so can you do any city

  • Sarah
    Sarah – Special Guest
    6/28/2017 1:09 PM

    @shirley It actually often depends on size and age of the city. We are releasing new maps into our collection all of the time, but are currently unable to take on custom work. Is there a specific city you are interested in?

  • Beverly
    Beverly
    6/28/2017 10:57 AM

    Could you do Cincinnati?

  • Sarah
    Sarah – Special Guest
    6/28/2017 11:43 AM

    @Beverly Hello, we actually do make a Cincinnati line exclusively for a gallery there called MiCA 12/V. Please contact them directly to see what they have available. Thank you so much!

  • Christopher
    Christopher
    6/28/2017 11:00 AM

    Love the journal and the process of making them. I was wondering if you can or would consider doing San Antonio Texas?

  • Sarah
    Sarah – Special Guest
    6/28/2017 11:35 AM

    @Christopher we definitely have plans to expand our Texas line, we'll make sure to add San Antonio to the list of potential designs. Thanks so much!

  • Pattie
    Pattie
    6/28/2017 11:03 AM

    How about Buffalo - Niagara NY? Lots of history around here!

  • Sarah
    Sarah – Special Guest
    6/28/2017 11:44 AM

    @Pattie We'll make sure to add it to the requested list! So much history, and such a beautiful area.

  • Jack
    Jack
    6/28/2017 11:06 AM

    I love your idea, attention to detail and the fine leather work. Would you consider adding Newport RI to your list? We have an amazing history and are visited by the millions each year. I'm certain I would not be your only interested party. Good luck!

  • Sarah
    Sarah – Special Guest
    6/28/2017 11:46 AM

    @Jack Thank you so much for your kind words, they are so appreciated. We'll be sure to make a note that there's interest in a Newport line, I bet that would be an incredible map.

  • D'Ann
    D'Ann
    6/28/2017 11:13 AM

    Would you consider Fort Worth, Texas? How often do you add new cities to your list?

  • Sarah
    Sarah – Special Guest
    6/28/2017 11:48 AM

    @D'Ann We do intend to expand our Texas cities, and Fort Worth is absolutely one we'd consider. Typically we add new cities a couple of times a year. Thanks so much for your interest!

  • Cyndy
    Cyndy
    6/28/2017 11:13 AM

    Spectacularly cool!!! Do you envision a time you might include small towns in your repertoire?

  • Sarah
    Sarah – Special Guest
    6/28/2017 11:49 AM

    @Cyndy Thanks so much! Unfortunately we'll be needing to focus on larger cities for now, the smaller towns we've done on commision often don't offer as much detail as we'd like in a design. I'm very sorry to say!

  • Robert
    Robert
    6/28/2017 11:17 AM

    Hello, have you ever considered journals for countries - Italy, France, etc?

    Also, what is the size of the replacement notebooks?

    Thanks!

  • Sarah
    Sarah – Special Guest
    6/28/2017 11:53 AM

    @Robert We do plan to expand to some international locations, though we'd likely still focus on cities rather than full countries.

    The notebooks that are included are a 5"x8.25" hardback Moleskine notebook.

    Thanks so much!

  • Ellen
    Ellen
    6/28/2017 11:24 AM

    I would so buy one with Minneapolis, MN (heck you do a 2 for 1 and have Minneapolis AND St. Paul with the Mississippi River as the fold! Please let me know if this would ever be a possibility within the next year. Thanks!

  • Sarah
    Sarah – Special Guest
    6/28/2017 11:55 AM

    @Ellen Minneapolis is high on the list, it's one that is requested frequently, especially since our studio is fairly close to there! We likely won't have one ready in the next six months, but we're still considering new cities after that. Please keep an eye open, and thanks so much!

  • Shimrit
    Shimrit
    6/28/2017 11:24 AM

    Hi! These are just so beautiful, what are the exact measurements?

    Any chance you'll make an iPad-pro case version of this?

  • Sarah
    Sarah – Special Guest
    6/28/2017 11:59 AM

    @Shimrit Thank you so much! The journals are roughly 6"x9" with a little variation depending on the city. They hold a Moleskine notebook that is 5"x8.25".

    We've certainly considered the idea of expanding into technology covers, we'll see!

  • Laurie
    Laurie
    6/28/2017 11:33 AM

    I would love to see Maui and Kauai

  • Sarah
    Sarah – Special Guest
    6/28/2017 12:01 PM

    @Laurie excellent! We'll make a note on our requested list!

  • Dorene
    Dorene
    6/28/2017 11:48 AM

    Can you do Topeka, Kansas?

  • Sarah
    Sarah – Special Guest
    6/28/2017 12:02 PM

    @Dorene We always make a note when a new city is requested, we'll make sure to add Topeka to our list. Thanks so much!

  • Debra
    Debra
    6/28/2017 11:57 AM

    Any chance you would make one of Myrtle Beach, SC? I know it's a small city in the dead of winter, but an awful lot of people go there the rest of the year!

  • Sarah
    Sarah – Special Guest
    6/28/2017 12:05 PM

    @Debra And it's so beautiful! We'll make a note that there has been a request for it. Thanks so much!

  • Elena
    Elena
    6/28/2017 12:01 PM

    What cities do you have? I could not see a list

  • Sarah
    Sarah – Special Guest
    6/28/2017 12:35 PM

    @Elena Hi, if you go directly to the page where the journal is sold (https://www.thegrommet.com/tactile-craftworks-etched-leather-map-journal) there is a dropdown list of designs to choose from. I hope that helps!

  • Judy
    Judy
    6/28/2017 12:36 PM

    @Elena If you click on "buy" (this won't commit you to buying anything), you'll then go to a page that has an "options" drop-down box that shows currently available cities.

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    6/28/2017 12:38 PM

    Thanks, Judy!

  • Sabrina
    Sabrina
    6/28/2017 12:01 PM

    Is there anyway to see an image of the one for Manhattan?

  • Sarah
    Sarah – Special Guest
    6/28/2017 12:37 PM

    @Sabrina when you select Manhattan as the option on the dropdown list of designs, it should bring up a photo of the Manhattan Journal. Let me know if that's not working, and I'll let the Grommet know!

  • Eugene
    Eugene
    6/28/2017 12:06 PM

    Do you have a black leather version?

    Gene

  • Sarah
    Sarah – Special Guest
    6/28/2017 12:38 PM

    @Eugene unfortunately the laser etching is extremely subtle on the black leather pieces we have done in the past, and we had to discontinue it as an option.

  • Judy
    Judy
    6/28/2017 12:20 PM

    Love your work! I can imagine this being an awesome prayer journal. I know it's out of range for you, but a map of Israel or Jerusalem would be very valued.

  • Sarah
    Sarah – Special Guest
    6/28/2017 12:40 PM

    @Judy thank you so much for your kind words. We do hope to expand our line to include international cities as well, we will be sure to consider your suggestions.

  • Donna
    Donna
    6/28/2017 12:34 PM

    Our Granddaughter is getting married later this year. They are going to New Zealand in January,2018. Could you make a cover of New Zealand? It would really be special!! Thank you. Donna Roberts

  • Sarah
    Sarah – Special Guest
    6/28/2017 12:42 PM

    @Donna Unfortunately our schedule is not allowing us time for custom work right now, a good problem to have! Congratulations to your granddaughter, I hope they have a wonderful trip.

  • Gillian
    Gillian
    6/28/2017 12:46 PM

    Hi, Sarah and Anna. I LOVE your wallets. My son (American) is an Irish bagpiper. Would it be possible to get a map of Dublin, Ireland? He would be thrilled and I could finally find a gift he'd never expect.

  • Sarah
    Sarah – Special Guest
    6/28/2017 1:22 PM

    @Gillian Thanks so much for your kind words! We do hope to expand our line to include international cities at some point, but unfortunately we're not able to take on custom work at the moment. I'm sorry!

  • Peggie
    Peggie
    6/28/2017 1:00 PM

    Do you have St. Louis on your list?

    Peggie-

  • Sarah
    Sarah – Special Guest
    6/28/2017 1:24 PM

    @Peggie Hello, we do offer St. Louis as one of the options! You can see a photo of it by selecting it as an option on the product page.

  • Renee
    Renee
    6/28/2017 1:00 PM

    Do you only do cities? Can you do a portrait?

    Thanks, Renee

  • Sarah
    Sarah – Special Guest
    6/28/2017 1:24 PM

    @Renee Thanks so much for your question. Unfortunately we can't offer custom work right now, we're lucky to be busy with the maps!

  • Cat
    Cat
    6/28/2017 1:27 PM

    Can you do Cleveland and Akron, Ohio?

  • Sarah
    Sarah – Special Guest
    6/28/2017 1:33 PM

    @Cat We'll be coming out with a Columbus line soon, and Cleveland is also on our list of Ohio cities we hope to produce in the future!

  • William
    William
    6/28/2017 1:28 PM

    What cities in ma and ct do you offer looking for Springfield ma or new haven st new haven would be better

  • Sarah
    Sarah – Special Guest
    6/28/2017 1:33 PM

    @William Hello, we offer Boston, but unfortunately not Springfield or New Haven.

  • Cheryl
    Cheryl
    6/28/2017 1:42 PM

    How the Hawaiian Islands? Can you or do you have this. How can we change for a list of all the cities you can produce?

  • Sarah
    Sarah – Special Guest
    6/28/2017 2:08 PM

    @Cheryl we don't currently offer a map of the Hawaiian islands unfortunately. If you go to the product page there is a dropdown menu of design options where you can see all of the cities we currently offer. Thanks so much!

  • Shelleta
    Shelleta
    6/28/2017 2:04 PM

    How can a refill be ordered?

  • Sarah
    Sarah – Special Guest
    6/28/2017 2:12 PM

    @Shelleta we make these notebooks to fit a standard 5"x8.25" hardbound notebook by Moleskine, though many other brands make similar sized refills that will also fit.

    Perhaps someone from the Grommet team can tell us if they carry a notebook that will work as a refill option! Thanks so much!

  • John
    John
    6/28/2017 2:05 PM

    What a great looking product! I have a 20-year celebration event I am working on - Mid July, in a small town in Oklahoma. We'll need quite a few of them if we can pull this together - How might we contact you to discuss the possibility?

  • Sarah
    Sarah – Special Guest
    6/28/2017 2:13 PM

    @John Thank you so much! Unfortunately our production schedule is not allowing for custom work at this time, I'm sorry to say. I hope you have a lovely celebration!

  • Richard
    Richard
    6/28/2017 3:16 PM

    Do you have a map of San Francisco ?

  • Sarah
    Sarah – Special Guest
    6/28/2017 3:38 PM

    @Richard we do, but unfortunately they are currently sold out! We're working on replenishing inventory as soon as we can. Thanks so much!

  • monica
    monica
    6/28/2017 3:22 PM

    where can I find a list of available cities that are in production?

  • monica
    monica
    6/28/2017 3:25 PM

    nevermind-I found them. thanks -

  • Sarah
    Sarah – Special Guest
    6/28/2017 3:32 PM

    @monica glad you found them. Thanks!

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