Saturday, September 24, 2011

The Trio

These are the three books that came out of my last paper staining session. Monday we will fill the garden with paper again, probably for the last time this summer.

My personal favorite book of the Trio is the one below. We call it scarface :-)
A new approach, definitely something I will want to play with again later on.

 Thanks to my friend Liviu who bought it fresh out of the press.

Sunday, September 4, 2011

The making of a book

A quick sneak peek :)

It all starts with the paper... tearing it into pages, staining it and folding it into signatures.

Then comes the sewing of the book block. 

Followed by the gluing of the spine and rounding of the back. Like so it goes into the press over the night. Meanwhile all attention is directed to the making and the tooling of the cover.


For this hollow back binding the raised bands are attached directly onto the spine.


Then one of my favorite steps, selecting the endpages... Gluing them will attach
the book block to the cover.


And finally, the last touches. The decoration of the cover with black and gold leather paints.

And look, how wonderful it shows its tea stained pages when it's open.

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Saturday's Fair Finds

Flea market was good to me today! I found all these goodies :)

Oh, that leather box! (nooo, I will not turn it into books!!!)

I was especially happy with this shoemaker's tools - I don't know if I'll ever use them but they are just beautiful to collect, aren't they?

And keys, many little rusty keys... in an old nivea box. So cute!