Some of you may remember that my workshop serves both as my bookbinding and woodworking den. This has some advantages and creates some challenges, not very typical for a bookbinder’s studio. Workshop is far from being a comfortable place at the moment and I have lots of plans on how to improve it. However, I’ve already done a lot of work and wanted to share some thoughts with you.
The following instructions form the first part of the City & Guilds Level 1 Unit 118 Course in Bookbinding. Reproduced with the consent of Shepherds Bookbinders who own all rights. A downloadable PDF copy of this course can be found here.
Basic Bookbinding Terms
Here are a few commonly used bookbinding terms. Learning these basic terms and phrases will help you understand the exercises covered later in this post. Along with the principle of ‘Grain Direction’, and ‘Learning about Paper’ a little time spent reading these simple definitions will help you make informed choices when ordering materials and equipment.
NOTE: You might also want to check out our post ‘The Basics of Bookbinding‘ which gives a comprehensive breakdown of all the tools and equipment you’ll likely need for your journey into bookbinding.
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