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How I Corner

One of the first things folks starting out bookbinding want to know is how to make corners look nice and neat.  You can sort of just fold and poke and make it work, but it often comes out bulky and inelegant.  So here’s how I… Read more

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Three Years

That there is what my studio looked like shortly after I moved into it.  Everything on the floor, clustered around a column.  In the right corner is a desk that came with the space.  That’s where I used to work.  It was a rough first… Read more

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Linkdump!

I’m mostly just making this post to put up a bunch of neat sites I check regularly, but here, have a picture of the plough I picked up a few weeks back. What’s a post without a picture? Anyway, first off, here’s a great post… Read more

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Folklore of American Weather

I had an amazing opportunity recently. A local bookbinder, Sonya Sheats, brought over one of the bookbinders that she had studied under named Edgard Claes. Originally from Belgium and now in the Netherlands, Edgard has been a bookbinder for a rather long time. There isn’t… Read more

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A setback.

Sometimes things don’t go as planned. I’ve been plugging away at fine bindings pretty regularly.  Titus Andronicus for the Designer Bookbinders International Competition (which didn’t get in, so don’t be surprised when it’s not on the image page), Library of Babel for the Annual North Bennet… Read more

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Titus Andronicus

For the Designer Bookbinders International Competition 2013, I chose to bind a copy of Titus Andronicus.  The theme for the competition was Shakespeare, and I will confess I’ve read only the amount of Shakespeare that a public school education required me to do.  I wanted… Read more

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Large Area Surface Gilding

For an upcoming competition I’m rebinding a copy of Titus Andronicus.  I’ve had some difficulty with designs on this one, but what I ended up with required doing a massive amount of surface gilding.  Surface gilding is the process of applying gold to the surface… Read more

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Getting set up!

The last few months have flown by.  I’ve made a fine binding and done some minor repair work, but the bulk of my time has been ordering things and cleaning the space up.  Progress has been made. For starters, I got some benches! And then… Read more

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Moving In.

The space right now is basic.  It needs a sink.  A counter.  More electrical outlets.  Walls are unfinished.  Things need to be repainted.  I need benches and lights.  It’s a long road, but things are starting to get there. But for now, I have this. … Read more