I'm told that it was traditional to show your grief in a passively dramatic way in Victorian Society by showing that you’d rather go to ruin that live with the loss, evident in this poem by a bookbinder apprentice of the late 19th century - talk about heavy!~Bookbinder’s Lament~A solemn curse by Ben Burnisher, pronounced … Continue reading The poor apprentice, lost without his Master’s hand.
I am often asked to rebind favourite stories into volumes worthy of inheritance. Perhaps as a birth gift, a wedding gift, or any number of other wonderfully creative motivations. It is a part of my job that I particularly love, as it is about preparing for the future and showing your family how much stories … Continue reading Choosing a book to rebind
The Victorian Bookbinders Guild, and the Sago on Tuesdays bindery would like to invite you to a day in a working country bindery.If you are invigorated by leather, type, writing, books and artworks on paper, then this is definitely for you.Come along and ask a trillion questions, touch and handle tools and materials, learn about … Continue reading You are invited to a day at a working bindery
A wonderful and dedicated volunteer brought this springback cemetery register to me - a local document that means a lot to his community."This book is important to us. No-one meant to treat it badly - we are all volunteers who care about history and books, but it hasn't been stored well, and now it seems to … Continue reading CLEAN RECOVERY – STAGE 1 FOR A LOVELY BIG BOOK
I use mostly rice starch paste for new binds, and JinShofu wheat starch paste for repairs.Because I am soooo impatient with cooking up the paste by hand on the stove, I succumbed - it's time to experiment with the 'new-fangled' microwave.I tried (as you can see by the pics) initially to replace the standard stove-top measurements … Continue reading hastey-pastey
In the Old SchoolhouseAmong early daffodils'Bookbinder, Napoleons'.I love living in a small village, where seasonal haiku come easily with a slow simple life,and the postman knows folk by name and trade.I am a lucky girl.
This project is very special to me.It was completed in February 2013, but the owner has not been able to visit to collect her treasure, so it has been under wraps since then. The wait is over. I'm so happy with the result.Its worth the wait. The owner of this book is an old friend, … Continue reading This project is very special to me..
Imagine a retired librarian, who loves her books so much as to bequeath their loveliness onto the next generation,and even into the caretaker hands of libraries she respects. Fully appreciating however, the limited resources of libraries and loved ones alike, and feeling the book custodian's sense of responsibility and stewardship, she sets out to leave … Continue reading Two Loved Books
I often need to match fonts.Luckily, I have some great online tools to help me.Sometimes it is to match a favourite book,to print a custom flyleaf in a new binding,something special on a commissioned box or book, orprint a title page or spine for an archival box.I use a few different websites to do this, … Continue reading What the font?!
My paper order from Griffen Mill in Ireland has arrived, and I am so happy, as it means I can complete some repairs works that have been waiting a looooooong time for the right paper match, and my confidence to increase in learning about period paper matching, choosing it from afar. There is no better … Continue reading **It feels like Christmas today**