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I bind books like I cook food.
May 4, 2012, 9:38 am
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In that I take the materials and to the best of my abilities fashion them to a book or a meal. I am not a bad cook, I don’t use recipe books though I own a shelf of them. I don’t use connivence foods preferring to make three meals a day from scratch. I am heavy-handed with garlic, chilli, ginger, coriander, parsley and chicken stock. I make great grub.

I make books very much like I make dinners. I get linen, thread, bees-wax, Kraft paper, goatskin, decorated paper, colour pigments and boards and I make a book. Sometimes it’s a great book.

If I ever go down the road of “Designer Bookbinding” again remind me that if I meet that particular buddha on the road again kill him right away. To continue with the boring cooking metaphor I attempted to take rough but pleasing grub and assume that I am capable of turning out five-star restaurant finest food and I am a superstar chef and can do 100 covers a night.

My bookbinding has an honesty like the meals I make and they have the same problems : my attention to detail and overall presentation sucks.

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