The pandemic has come with some unusual changes in routine that have had many benefits in terms of making progress on my first book project.
Over the holidays I took a course at the San Francisco Center for the Book with teacher Juliayn Coleman to create a quarter leather binding.
One of the highlights from the trip to the UK was visiting the Bodleian Library and receiving a behind-the-scenes tour from rare books curator, Dr. Francesca Galligan.
This beautiful Chandler and Price Guillotine was delivered over the summer.
Insulation is going into the studio this week.
Here is my description along with photos and video of a recent book repair project of a 1954 copy of Meta Given's Modern Encyclopedia of Cooking.
For this project, I wanted to see if I could make a solid color book cover, then cut out portions of it, and inlay a different color book cloth. Then I wanted to see if I could create a drawing or design on the lighter colored cloth.
Here is one of the irregular sized books I've been binding for fun and experimentation. There are interesting issues that come up with binding books that are miniature or very narrow in shape.
This is a video of the book studio progress from the first of December 2019. There is a full basement underneath with stairs in the back and a wide open space for lifting heavy equipment down into the basement.
I read somewhere that a bookbinder has to make at least 100 books before they can claim to have the necessary skills to do quality work. Each of the 100 books is intended to provide one or more lessons in what not to do.