Our Story

A journal and a set of colored pencils are placed on a weathered picnic table in an open, beach park. The journal has a vibrant cover with geometric patterns in shades of pink, orange, and beige, and a deep red spine. In the background, there is a picturesque landscape with palm trees, an island, and people enjoying various activities under the blue sky and scattered clouds.

E Komo Mai

Welcome to Kuro’s Workshop, where the art of bookbinding meets the spirit of aloha. We’re Tomomi and Joyce, a team with over 20 years of experience in book conservation and bookbinding, and we’re dedicated to creating elegant and unique journals and other items inspired by the beauty of Hawaii.

Our Story

In 2018, we established Kuro’s Workshop, a boutique bindery, to share our love for handmade journals with writers, artists, and anyone who appreciates the blend of durability, functionality, and elegance. Living in Hawaii has influenced our work, and we strive to express the island's serene lifestyle in every product we create. Our mission is to encourage personal journeys of self-discovery and inner peace through our handcrafted items.

Tomomi and Joyce

What We Do

At Kuro’s Workshop, we create a range of handcrafted products that reflect the natural beauty and laid-back lifestyle of Hawaii. Our handmade journals are designed to be both functional and attractive, providing a perfect canvas for your thoughts and creativity. Each journal is crafted using traditional methods and high-quality materials to ensure durability and elegance.

A handmade journal with a vibrant tropical floral cover and green fabric spine lies on a soft fabric background adorned with small seashells.

In addition to our journals, we offer Greeting Card Books, which transform your greeting cards into beautiful keepsakes. These books are fully customizable, allowing you to choose the cover fabric and personal details to create a treasured heirloom that celebrates your memories. For those looking to celebrate significant events, our Pamphlet Card Books provide a unique way to present well-wishes. These card-like books are perfect for any occasion and can be tailored to meet your needs. We also offer other binding services, whether you need a special book created or an existing one rebound.

A handmade pamphlet card with a colorful, intricate floral and geometric patterned cover, and a dark fabric spine. The card features a label on the front with the inscription “With Deepest Sympathy.”

Beyond creating new items, we’re dedicated to preserving the past through our book conservation services. We take great care in restoring and protecting your valuable books and papers, maintaining their history and integrity for future generations. Our goal is to breathe new life into your valued items while preserving their original charm.

bible badly damaged through use

 

bible rebound in new leather

Finally, we believe in the importance of sharing the craft of bookbinding to help people reconnect with using their hands. In this spirit, we offer hands-on workshops in a relaxed and fun environment. These workshops are suitable for beginners, with all materials and tools provided. Just bring your creativity and enjoy the process of making your own handmade book from start to finish.

A group of individuals participates in a bookbinding workshop. Several participants are seated around a large table covered with various tools, materials, and instructional booklets. The workshop takes place in a well-lit room with an industrial-style ceiling. The atmosphere is collaborative and focused, highlighting the hands-on learning experience and the shared interest in the craft of bookbinding.

 

A group of five women sitting at a table, proudly displaying small handmade books they created during a bookbinding workshop. They are all smiling, with one woman wearing a face mask. The setting appears to be a cozy, well-lit room.

Handcrafted with Aloha

At Kuro’s Workshop, our love for books drives everything we do. Every product is made by hand, using traditional methods that ensure longevity and quality. From the finest materials to our high standards of craftsmanship, we bring the essence of aloha into every piece we create. Whether you’re looking for a journal, a unique gift, conservation services, or a fun learning experience we welcome you to explore our products and services. If you have a unique idea in mind, just reach out to us. We’re here to bring your ideas to life.

Welcome to Kuro’s Workshop. Welcome to Elegant Aloha!