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I knit but I am not a member of the cult.
December 27, 2012, 2:57 pm
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I like knitting but I seldom finish a garment, I just like playing with the colours. I would be really open to tapestry and weaving but thats just a hop skip and a jump away from basket weaving and doing the bookbinding is bad enough. 

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I am cleaning up my old press and I am going to use it specifically for colouring and glueing.

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I have painted up some end papers for the David Jones lettering book and I think I am going to put some time in to studying the inscriptions on the tombs in the catacombs in Rome.

The most handsome thing to do to a book is to slather the front board with hand lettering it was interesting to see that on the New York Times list of best book covers some of the nicest looked like they were form the 1950’s Faber and Faber catalogue.

In between pushing stuff around my bench I pick up the strips of “intentions” and do ten minutes work here and there. It’s working.



a list of intentions
December 26, 2012, 11:38 am
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This is what I am interestring me at the moment.

One of the problems that has dogged me is my failure to complete the task. I’ll start with an idea and within three moves I’ll change my mind and do something else, the result is I’ve lost my original intentions and I have made something totally different and the final object shows up my lack of thought.
Experimentation should be done in a controlled objective driven method.
I am too haphazard and indisciplined a maker so I really should take more care.
I will make a book that will have lettering from the “lindisfarne gospel” it will have a title that I am in love with at the moment : “The poet as seer and singer” how good is that! It’d going to be bound in natural goat skin, has orange edges, rainbow endpapers so far so good.
When I was sifting through my photocopies of lettering I found a photo copy of some lettering which would look stunning on a cover so rather that ditch “the poet as seer and singer” I am going to make a replicar and put the lettering on the cover.
So I am making two books and not one for my own amusement.



border collie as a pirate
December 19, 2012, 3:58 pm
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Bookbinding equipment pornography. True.
December 19, 2012, 3:42 pm
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Say hello to my not so little friend, this is my new plough, lying press and tub. It was made for me by Robert Cornwall at http://www.bookbinding-supplies.co.uk/ and it is incredible. When you are making object with hand tools you get so in to the rhythm and your stance while you work and you want the experience to be fulfilling. 

So it was when I was considering what to do when I had the massive amount of money to spend on tools and materials, what would the very best thing for me to “fix” and I was using my “louet” vertical plough and feeling all disconnected with it, I missed seeing the blade slice away the block in front of my eyes and the turning of the handle of the plough gently with my hand and my movement of my whole body creates the perfectly smooth edges that I can then colour and burnish with wax. 

Good equipment is your friend and as a bookbinder your best friend is you press and plough. 

I have to admit I did treat my first press and plough badly but I am going to make it all better. 



all growly, all the time.
December 16, 2012, 3:11 pm
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the state of my bench
December 16, 2012, 3:06 pm
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This is the right hand corner of my bench this is two groups of little books that I am currently making.



What I am currently reading.
December 16, 2012, 3:02 pm
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