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2016.07.01 - Italy 0

Vacation season has arrived! Me and my wife decided to visit Italy this summer. We have quite an itinerary and will drive from the north of the country to the south and back.

It is always a pleasure to meet fellow bookbinders during travel and I would be happy to hear from you if you want to meet, tell about yourself and maybe show your studio (if we can fit it in our pretty dense schedule =))

Here is our route (as we see it now):

And that’s an approximate schedule:

7-Jul

  • Milan
  • Pavia
  • Parma
  • Cinque Terre
  • La Spezia
  • Pisa

8-Jul

  • Pisa
  • Florence
  • Siena

9-Jul

  • Siena
  • Assisi

10-Jul

  • Assisi
  • Orvieto
  • Pompeii

 

11-Jul

  • Pompeii
  • Sorrento
  • Positano
  • Praiano
  • Amalfi Coast

12-Jul

  • Amalfi Coast
  • Sassi di Matera
  • Alberobello

13-Jul

  • Alberobello
  • San Marino

14-Jul

  • San Marino
  • Bologna
  • Padua
  • Venezia Mestre
15-Jul

  • Venice

16-Jul

  • Venezia Mestre
  • Verona
  • Bardolino

17-Jul

  • Bardolino
  • Lecco
  • Milan
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There are some historical discrepancies in the video, still I like the approach very much =)

More at the project page at the TED-Ed web site: http://ed.ted.com/lessons/the-evolution-of-the-book-julie-dreyfuss

2016.05.27 - 06 - Handmade Bookbinding Lying Press - Rope-Wrapped Handles

Looks like someone has a lot spare time and that someone is me. Yesterday I’ve spent an hour and a half wrapping handles of my newly made lying press with a rope. I know, I know, usually you can see something like wooden handles. But I don’t have a lathe in my workshop (yet). I had some old handles made with bare steel nuts and I thought: why don’t give that idea a chance?

But, first things first. I finally made myself a proper lying press. I mean the press that can be tightened with handles. Not with wing nuts or the ordinary steel nuts and pliers. For many years I’ve been using presses that needed some additional tools to be tightened both at my workshop and bookbinding classes I teach. I even sold them several times.

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A new Shakespeare-themed train would be in service in the Moscow Underground for six month starting today. Joint project by the British Council and Moscow Metro have resulted in the eighteenth themed train and fourth literary-themed train to be in operation in the Russian capital at the moment.

You can find more photos of the train at the Afisha-Daily web site.
(I encourage you to follow the link — these photos are much better than the ones provided by the Moscow government you can see above =))

And that’s how the train design was created: http://www.artlebedev.ru/everything/metro/shakespeare/process/

Some photos of the other literary-themed trains in Moscow Metro:

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