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What I am going to do with the materials.
January 3, 2013, 5:26 pm
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I has always been my experience that I can look back over number of books I have made and I can pick the one which I loved the most. It is invariably a commission which I can’t keep but I’ll hang on to it and I will positon it in the top left hand of my bench and keep an eye on it eventually I’ll give it to the person that ordered it to be made.

I received the folded signatures for this little book I was a bit concerned, the some of the papers were running against the grain, lots of different types of papers and some art work. I had never bound up mixed up papers before but I know from teach at the long workshops the students will put together books with watercolor paper, pastel paper and tracing paper. So I bound up the little book and put one of the artist’s works on the cover covered it with black calf.
Its lovely and handsome.

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This year I am going to bind a series of 10 books like this. Each with a different flower on them.

I like to play with printing presses and I am going to go back and do more of this stuff I do with the little dog and her imagined sayings, I am going to need to get better block made. Growl bruv.

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I am going to embrace my one trick pony and repeat the trick again and again and again. it comes down to this book here

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and again

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one more time

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This book is absofuckingloutely great. It would be a crime to deny people the opportunity to buy one like it. Why should there just be one? It’s a stationery book not the Sistine Chapel. So I am going to make more of them. You lucky people.

I was working on a book last month that just putting it together gave me so much pleasure. In the past I have not always enjoyed making ‘baby books’ but the this one together with it’s ‘sister’ volume form a few years back gave made me realised that I take so much pleasure in making them that I am going to find a market for them.

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what I did with the money
January 2, 2013, 3:11 pm
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I keep coming back to this because I have never managed to finish it. Properly.
I rolled up a sum of money form various commissions during the summer and this is what I spent it on. Magic Beans!

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The outrageously beautiful marbled paper and I might just be the first to use it in this country.

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A selection of books that will provide an education for years to come. “Rodger Powell:The Compleat Binder” is a book that offers a life time of study and I consider my self a truly fortunate woman to own a copy. I also rate Christopher Clarkson’s “Limp Vellum Binding” again a life time study.

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Robert Cornwall’s beautiful plough and press. The blade is incredible and I am working the plough at quite a hight on my bench I can feel how responsive the plough is. Totally different form using a vertical plough which was clamped to my bench or my old plough which ran on a press that was screwed on to the end of the bench. It is beautiful.

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Various small hand tools but that cherry wood folder by Robert Cornwall is really great for large surfaces. Students who have never seen or used a regular bone folder love it.

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Now we are talking! Look at this big pile of board and paper! You would never think that I have actually passed exams on the paper storage. Obvious answer in the exam stick it in a big pile under the bench. What this big pile is a mixture of 170 gms, 300gms.various thickness of grey board. There is a massive pile of bristol cartridge paper which I got for a great price, there is a whole ream of archival kraft paper and 25 sheets of the best paper in the world Fabranio 50% cotton rag in 300gms that was my present to myself. I am worth it.

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I thought I was going to have to buy the whole range of inks but really this is all I need, more or less. I am going to need more though.
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Now we are talking! this is black calf in one of my rants I decided that all I wanted to work on is black calf and this selection came my way I bought it form le Prevo in Newcastle and I am well pleased. It was a stunning price for the five skins.

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I had a private commission last year and I wanted to use a piece of calf that had a flaw on it (we say “flaw” but it’s an animal and it’s lived it’s life sometime among barb wire fencing) but anyway this book I was making needed good black calf and I only had one piece in the whole house I thought suitable with all it’s “flaws” and I was telling the client that this piece of leather was the best in the whole house and I own a lot of leather. Client took a risk and the book was great.
I bought two skins form Harmatan for extra special client work.

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I only have one of these and thats a shame because I think I would like a herds worth at least. This is a natural goat skin and it is a bit good I might need a couple of herds.
Thats what I did with the money and next I am going to say what I am going to do with it.