"One day, after all of this had been going on for a couple of years, Keith Felton, [the founder of Felton Bookbinding] called me and said, 'You may be onto something here. Can you give us a couple of weeks?'" she says. "He sent us a prototype of what we believe is the first book to successfully marry the European classic style with the split board. It had all the European features, including the doublures and the leather joints on the inside, and it had the rugged strength of split board."