Category Archives: Shop Talk

Posts about the work I do.

I will be Vending at the Poppy Farm Fair in San Jose THIS SUNDAY

So, y’all may have noticed that I haven’t been updating about NaBoBiMo much. There’s two reasons for that. The first is that it’s become pretty clear that I can’t maintain my day job and my health AND hit the 30-book-mark … Continue reading

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Case Study: The Murders in the Rue Morgue and Other Tales of Horror, circa 1935

I’m not sure how old this book is — much to my surprise, it has no copyright date! It does, however, have screen shots from the Universal movie of the same name, which came out in 1932, so that gives … Continue reading

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Case Study: The Collected Poems of Rupert Brooke, c. 1915

Let’s take a look at one of the books I worked on in the latest class I took at the SFCB, The Restoration of Cloth and Leather Bindings taught by the one and only Don Etherington. Here’s the book before. … Continue reading

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Finishing Touches for Your Library

So, you’ve prepared, packed, schlepped, unpacked, and organized your library. You’re probably beat! Make It Yours Once you’ve taken a break, though, it’s nice to add a few finishing touches. These are entirely personal, and offer you a chance to … Continue reading

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New Blank Books!

We interrupt your irregularly-scheduled programming to bring you this important announcement! I’ve finished some blank books, and listed them in my Etsy shop! I’ve been so absent from the blog due to first day-job issues and then getting caught up … Continue reading

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Arranging and Unpacking Your Library

This is the third post in a series on moving. So, you’ve packed your books and schlepped ’em to the new place. Now what? If you’re anything like me, you now have a bunch of bookcases that haven’t been put … Continue reading

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Packing and Schlepping

This is the second installment in a series on moving. Packing and schlepping your books is what most folks think of when they think of moving, and most of the sad stories I hear about moving books come from poor … Continue reading

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Preparing to Move

This is the first installment in a series on moving. So, fellow bibliophile! You’re going to be moving soon? You have my sympathies! Moving a library can be a nightmare. Preparation is vital. Give Your Books a Once-Over Do you … Continue reading

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I’m Selling Blank Books!

OK, so I think in theory, the way selling stuff online goes, you’re supposed to have a big co-ordinated launch thing with newsletters and tweets and posts and whatnot. Which is great, but I am sick and am jobhunting for … Continue reading

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The Art and Science of Cloth Rebacking

Last week I spent four days, 9:30-6ish, up at the San Francisco Center for the Book, learning how to do cloth rebacking. WTF is Cloth Rebacking? Well might you ask! Cloth rebacking is when you take a cloth-bound book that … Continue reading

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