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Unboxing!

One of my favorite things is taking books out of the press the morning after I case them in. Once I remove the various protective pieces of waxed paper and the brass rods to shape the shoulders, they are all … Continue reading

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NaBoBiMo Day 19!

Yeesh, the month is getting away from me! Good thing the holiday weekend is coming up. Hopefully I can crank out enough text blocks in time to get them trimmed by the lovely folks at Signature Print Services before Turkeyday. … Continue reading

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NaBoBiMo Day 12: FINISHED BOOKS OMG

Holy cow, I pulled two finished books out of the press today! Very exciting. BEHOLD: Pretty sweet, eh? AND I prepped two more text blocks for casing in. Woot! The other thing I did today is finish hacking up all … 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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Twins

Today I’m donating a pair of blank journals to a charity auction supporting Gemini Crickets — as befits a donation to a parents-of-multiples support group, they are matching but not identical. Check it out! It was fun making them — … Continue reading

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Zen and the Art of Paper Cutting

One thing I absolutely adore about bookbinding work is getting to work with really good paper. I’ve always loved paper — I used to collect stationary and write lots of physical letters, and the feel of really high quality paper … Continue reading

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Bookbinding 3

Over the weekend, I went up to the San Francisco Center for the Book again and took Bookbinding 3. It was really fun! We did a bigger, more traditionally-bound book — just one rather than two — and it came … Continue reading

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I made a book!

I know, I know. I’ve made books before. But this one I made all by myself! It’s smaller than the ones I did in class, and I used a different thread (one that’s bright orange, to match the cover!). For … Continue reading

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Tools!

I’m working on doing bookbinding at home now, and having to get sneaky about my equipment. A lot of bookbinding tools are kind of ridiculously expensive. Fortunately, I am pretty handy, and the internet is full of ideas. Here are … Continue reading

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Bookbinding 2!

I took Bookbinding 2 at the San Francisco Center for the Book over the weekend, and had a great time! I made two new books and learned some new techniques. Check it out: There were three main differences between these … Continue reading

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