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The loveliness of Jeffrey papers on a book.
March 30, 2015, 8:04 am
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These papers are just beautiful and I can not do justice to them.

experiments for endpapers
February 12, 2015, 1:26 pm
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When I was ranting at the poor architectural students in December I was struck with ferocity of my belief about honouring our ideas with the handmade. This for me is tied up with making a handmade book that outlines my ideas about making books and the act of making books.

The handmade book is all about the endpapers. So I have been looking into methods of decorating the endpapers that makes me happy.

These experiments make me grin like the proverbial alsatian.


a book to record the reasons to be cheerful.
January 8, 2015, 1:02 pm
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I caught sight of an off cut of board on a bench the other day and I was seized with the idea of a book of that dimensions and it would have to be thin and very tactile with a lot of sanding, it would have no endpapers and because of the size only the head and tail were trimmed.
In the past couple of years I have constructed lists of things that I like and I now want to have a book that will specifically contain the lists.

I swear when ever I get some money I am going to buy a copy of this.
October 27, 2014, 10:06 am
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This is one of the few books on bookbinding that I need but do not own I make do with the library copy which is great most of the time but I needed to check a reference and it was out on loan. At the exhibition of bookbinding at Palace Green Library in Durham there is a model of the binding of a codex from seventh century.


It’s the most intriguing and exciting thing in bookbinding I have ever seen. It looks like a prop from the film the ‘the fifth element’
I would like to think I could have the ability to work at the skills needed to make a ‘book’ like this but I recognise that it’s a long haul.

bringing books back home.
October 15, 2014, 8:15 am
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I learnt bookbinding at technical college and the department was housed in the school of art which was marvellous because it had a Art Library. Every week I would bring home books about bookbinding and printing and it was dark and raining and I had these treasures which I was so excited about. I would go to my classes and there was formal lessons and then practical and I would hit the library in the afternoon tea break and raid the shelves it was the best of times.

Sometimes you find such unexpected joy in the library that you make out like a thief and this happened to me at the lit and phil last week.

The catalogue from the Ruskin exhibition I seen a few months back and this book on ‘tree graphs’


These are books that were top of my to buy list except I am a poor cat and I can’t justify the price of them. Have you seen the price of bookbinding leather!

sequence over editions
July 24, 2014, 8:21 am
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I am moving towards the notion of making a ‘sequence’ of books because I really don’t understand the whole business around proofs and editions. Nor do I want to have anything to do with the stuff of the artist realm.

This is trade.

I am going to have to make up my own shit for this.
I need to have some kind of frame work to base the books around. If it helps sell the little books then I will go along with it but in reality the books stand on there own.

I’ll make them big and strong.

the beautiful tool’s even more beautiful sister
July 14, 2014, 8:21 am
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Seriously does it get any more beautiful. This tool also needs to do it’s thing on a series of small books.

beautiful tool
July 14, 2014, 8:15 am
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I never that struck on gold tooling on books mainly because I made massive great big books that didn’t rely or need a dainty gold tool line. But as I have been trying to make my books much more smaller I do see a way of working with gold to make the book handsome.

I love this tool so much. Obviously it’s been designed for a library maybe a technical college or a mining institute.

I am going to honour the little tool by making it some books for it to do it’s work on.

sewing up multiple books
June 3, 2014, 12:46 pm
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I can stand at my bench all morning and sew books together. The day before I cut, fold and press the book block, I make the endpapers and press them. I then saw cut the sewing stations in the blocks and I sew like the wind.

It’s great if I can sew the whole book with out rethreading the needle so I wax and thread ten needles ready to go.


It took just over two hours to sew these beauties.


I have just bought the most beautiful gold tool and very thin black leather. It’s going to be great.

painting endpapers
May 22, 2014, 9:38 am
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I like painting endpapers as I want the endpapers to be as dramatic as an overture. I think I will make some printing plates so I can get some big bold Alexander Girard shapes on to paper.

I will also be looking in to photographs printed on to canvas as well but thats for another time.

I have these which I shall use to make a new and different type of book.


What I mean by different is I am going to go back and look books where I was initially excited by the design or concept but for some reason I failed to make progress. Probably because I fear of being exposed for poor workmanship or I got colours really wrong.