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such decorative. wow.
February 26, 2014, 3:04 pm
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Look at these bad boys. Such beauty. Pleased as punch.

top shelf bookbinding pornography revisited.
February 26, 2014, 12:05 pm
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I noticed this pile of equipment that I stuck it on top of my tool cabinet. There is a vertical plough, a sewing frame, a finishing stove, a corner cutter, two long reach staplers and a regular plough.

It almost fetish porn!

I am updating this entry because I noticed that it was looked at yesterday but the photograph was broken so I have fixed the link. Also I didn’t mention that in the pile is another of the great tools form the Dutch company Louet. It’s a press for perfect binding.

I got it right here so I can get it right again.
February 26, 2014, 11:45 am
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I really like this so I am going to do these books here


with a flower on the cover and cover them in the best leather I have, the stuff I keep under the bench and pretend I don’t know it’s there.

Jeffery paper makes me smile.
February 26, 2014, 11:39 am
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But it was not all book Armageddon yesterday. I was reviewing the books I had pasted down the day before and this makes me grin like the proverbial Alsatian.


It’s nice that.


Things I got right yesterday.
February 26, 2014, 11:32 am
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Some times as my husband leaves for work he says ‘You must get profitable in the bookbinding department’ and I whole hearty agree ‘I must’ however I think my methods is wanting. What I am doing is the old ‘if you build it they will come’ routine which translates as I make a big pile of books and throw myself at the mercy of the local craft shop.

It’s gaining of the ‘production chops’ that is causing the growing pains.

Making a book for a commission is totally different to making a series of books for retail.

So yesterday I got stuck in and it was a bit good and a bit bad. In other words I got the commission I deserved.

These books worked out well.


I’ll stick some Jeffery paper on them. My instinct says go with Jeffery paper at the moment.


This was good and I am happy with the finish.


This brings nothing to the party. It’s a victim of my inability to think further than ‘cover it all in brown leather’ Massive Fail.


This was a failure and had it’s leather cover taken off.

Where I failed yesterday it was because I failed to plan and I seriously miscalculated on the best sequence to put leather on a number of books. I was working with seven books yesterday and I decided to paste up the leather all at once and then I ‘soaked’ the springs in all the books all at once.

This was a big mistake and massive learning opportunity.

I should have done each book individually. I should have taken note that the leather was a bit thicker and that the boards were made from different materials.

It’s was hard work and I got distracted and resentful consequently this happened.

The book was too wet, the leather too dry, I was getting bored, I needed to take the dog out and go to the shops.
I didn’t have a plan other than stick a full leather cover on it.

Not good enough.

crumbs of Jeffery paper
February 25, 2014, 10:43 am
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I love the Jeffery paper so much that I hoard every scrap of it. This is the growing pile from last weeks work. It’s my intention to bind up a journal and tip in the crumbs as plates. You understand my meaning?

This is my bench at the moment.
February 25, 2014, 10:40 am
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This what I am currently working on. When I say ‘working on’ what I specifically mean is this is a collection of work that hopefully go on sale in a craft shop / gallery.
This is sheer speculation.

I am speculating that the buyer in the craft shop would want either a full leather covered journal with a thong to wrap around it. I am speculating that they would like a little book covered in leather and a paper side of Jeffery paper or fantastic marble.

Every one wants a book that has ‘fuck yeah’ on it. Thats a no brainer.

Incidentally if you know of a shop that would like a ready supply of books with every variation of ‘fuck’ on them be sure and let me know.

On not manufacturing.
February 21, 2014, 9:18 am
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I think it’s important that I make small groups of books, that they are individually made, that their dimensions are whats required for that book at that time. I recognise that in a series of books there will be different sizes and that my measurements do ‘drift’


I think that it’s vital that if I am going to go down the craft shop \ gallery route that I make a group of books.

What I mean is the opposite of a production line. People who make things with their hands should not even begin to emulate industrial practices and methods. I am not in competition with Ikea.


The word ‘artisan’ is currently being flogged to death by being applied to anything and everything. It’s a code to the consumer that ‘this’ item is somehow legit, that it’s ‘real’ it’s made by a ‘person’ no ‘machines’ where involved in it’s making. Weaponised craft.


What I intend to do is offer shops a little group of books, all different ones. Like a layer of a chocolate box.


I have no idea if they would want this. It makes for a good display. They should not be behind glass.

They will be cheap but proud.

One of those days in England.


There is no failure just feed back, I played with a tool all morning and learnt nothing. Unless you count the relearning of how not to mess around with a new piece of equipment that I know takes no prisoners. It mocks me.


This is another book that I should have known was well beyond my entertainment threshold but I still preserved and it mocked me right up until I tore the leather of it.


This still makes me laugh.


But this is great.


And I am going to get up tomorrow and just add a bit of structure and some goals and I’ll use clear and precise language in establishing my goals. I’ll use a digital timer so I don’t get lost.

little books with jeffery papers




I like bold and strong colours in the books I make.