|Gargoyles & Finials|
|A clocking-in machine from a Victorian factory|
|Taxidermy among the industrial presses|
Gavin's mixture of art and industry is in the great British tradition of eccentric inventors. With his improbable car, assorted contraptions and collections, and an industry with books at its heart, he conjures up an image of Heath Robinson.
I've saved the collections until last, as from a photographic perspective they were the most inspiring. Firstly the Aladdin's Cave that houses an extraordinary collection of leather samples. A sample store may not sound particularly interesting, but in the hands of Gavin Rookledge, it takes on the appearance of a prop room at Pinewood Studios.
Across the yard, Corvus Press houses an immense and important collection of phosphor bronze and brass letter tools. Alphabets in countless typefaces, long used in the leather as well as the printing industry. This may look like a museum collection, but they are working tools, still in use today.
And so ends our tour of Rook's Books and its associates. If however you would like to peep inside Gavin's brain, you're in luck. There is an Open Studios weekend coming up over the weekend of April 20th/21st. Opening times: 11.00am - 6.00pm, and during the evening on Friday 19th.