Bookbinding Posts You Shouldn’t Have Missed this April

Every month I add new blogs to my feed. It is really inspiring to see all these fine people writing about bookbinding and book conservation tricks, their projects and thoughts. At the same moment, it becomes harder to filter links for our monthly digest — there is just too much I’d like to share with you!

This month I’ve decided to group posts. Hope you will like the idea.

Bookbinding Tips, Tricks and Tutorials

Using Don Glaister’s method by Bookish Things to think about

How to protect images and other printed things attached to your cover (spoiler: with Mylar)

Parchment from Salmon – Lachs Pergament by The Pressbengel Project

Peter D. Verheyen shares his recent experience of making salmon parchment. Salmon was eaten =)

Embossing and Gilding Books. A Word About Decoration by Jan Grochocki [pl]

Two new posts from Jan Grohocki. Both are related to working with gold among other things. The first one is about gilding and the other one is about edge decoration.

Painting and Gilding the Edges of Books by Jan Grochocki [pl]

Book Restoration and Conservation

The Battle of 1667 Physica Curiosa and the Book Conservation Fixture by Jeff Peachey

Jeff Peachey has two posts on book conservation this April. The first one shows a smart conservation fixture. The other is about a finished conservation project. Both are worth reading even if you are not into book repairs.

The 1564 Ausbund in the News by Jeff Peachey

Reflections on links between Conservation in Dublin and Tokyo by Chester Beatty Conservation

Some insights from Julia Poirier (book and paper conservator) on how the book conservation processes are organized in Japan.

General Bookbinding

The Ponderings of a Bookbinding Student by The Pressbengel Project

This series of posts was prompted by questions from Sarah Kim (aka Skimplicity), a long-term work-study student of mine at Syracuse University Libraries who is now enrolled in the Bookbinding program of the North Bennet Street School in Boston, fulfilling a dream she’s had for some time.

Catching Up With Hannah Brown by Flash of the Hand

Erin Fletcher showcases books of a wonderful bookbinder Hannah Brown in this series of five posts.

The first interview on the blog was conducted back in February 2013 with the very talented Hannah Brown. Over the past four years, her work has really matured in both design and technique. So over the course of April, I’ll be catching up with Hannah by featuring work made over the past four years.

Part 1, Part 2Part 3Part 4Part 5

Book History and Manuscripts

More links to digitized manuscripts in these two posts from Sexy Codicology and British Library Medieval manuscripts blog.

New Libraries on the DMMapp! By Sexy Codicology

Digitised Manuscripts hyperlinks Spring 2017 by Medieval Manuscripts Blog

Palaeography Class Trip 2016/17 by Echoes From the Vault

We have worked with our academic colleagues to discover resources which have helped explorations of Tennyson, Romantic Gothic novels, Persian manuscripts, photographs of the near and far East, the early Tudors, the French enlightenment, anthropological stories, the continental reformation, books of hours and illuminated manuscripts.

Book Reviews

Bookcraft: Binding, Folding and Decorating by Creatief Boekbinden [nl]

A review of a book by Heather Weston and a couple of videos where you can see her at work.

Babette, Bärbel’s long lost and secret older sister? by The Pressbengel Project

This March Peter D. Verheyen have shared a review of an 1953 German book about a female bookbinder Bärbels fröhliche Lehrzeit.

After the death of her father, Bärbel, at age 14, needs to leave school to take up an apprenticeship rather than going on to university like her eldest brother (She was a straight A student). She loves books, bookbinding isn’t too strenuous (says her mother), … What could go wrong?

This month he shows other an even older book Babette bindet Bücher (1935).

I received an email from a librarian colleague in Weimar who wrote to let me know that Felix Riemkasten had written an earlier version of the book in 1935… Well, now I was obligated to dig deeper if only to see what the differences were. After all, post-war Germany in 1953 was a very different time from Nazi Germany in 1935…

Book Exhibitions, Fairs and Art

Some inspiring and astonishing examples of book and paper art.

New England Chapter Print Exchange by Flash of the Hand

The Book as Art Exhibit by Blue Roof Design

Paper Talk by Helen Hiebert

Book Projects

Cloth Bindings by Dimitri’s Bookbinding corner

Dimitri shares some thoughts on several of his book projects with cloth bindings.

In the past 6 months, due to a combination of commissions and the seminars I’ve been giving, I have made more cloth bindings than I’ve made in 9 years of bookbinding. To be honest I wasn’t really fond of them until recently. I always felt cloth very restricting as a covering medium: it stains easily, is far less susceptible to decorative techniques compared to leather, less pleasant to work with and of course inferior in durability. However, working with it more often I’ve also come to appreciate its virtues: big variety of colors readily available, doesn’t require preparation, easy to work with, disposable (in case things get messy) and very cost effective.

L’art d’être grand-père de Victor Hugo by Reliure d’art dare [fr]

Story of a binding made between March 2016 and March 2017


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