Tape is the Enemy of Books: This is my next book repair project. It is a Meta Given's Modern Encyclopedia of Cooking. This edition is from 1954, the 17th printing of the book.
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.
For a bookbinding project, I designed a sketchbook with a hidden steampunk design in the inside cover.
Two weeks ago I took my annual California Rare Book School course up at UC Berkeley. I’m slowly working towards a Professional Certificate in Rare Books and Manuscripts. This year’s course was entitled "Printing at the Margins: The History of Women Printers" and taught by Kathleen Walkup, a Master Printer and Professor at the Mills College Book Art Program.