This lovely book, Mrs Elliott's Journal, came for help to put her spine back together from three pieces barely holding, her covers back on, corners smoothed and straightened, endcaps reconstructed, ... and for a new dress. This is how it came together. Taking the old cover papers off was a priority, and though I hesitated … Continue reading More than a new French dress for Mrs. Elliott
With gentle, persistent pressure from customers,the Sago bindery is now open on Saturdays, Oct-Apr.For consultations on book repair, commissions, sales,and general socialization of a bookbinder who doesn't get out much. 😁🙄😉👍🏻 Stay tuned for the next post, to see what you can find...#sagoontuesdays #raretrades #openbindery #boookbinding
This repair is to a personal WW2 photo album. PST (sticky tape) of all varieties and ages, original endpapers glued over with multiple envelopes (using an old mystery glue combo), disintegrating cloth hinge patch, separating boards, collapsed spine, stains, old glassine (affectionately known in the bindery as 'yellowing, moist, acidic, transparent sheets of doom'), and … Continue reading Nuts and Bolts – the repair of a precious wartime album.
No, I haven't dropped off the planet, or started a cult - just crazy-hectic here with repair work that frankly should have been finished by the end of June! Most of my work this last few months have been from private collections that aren't for sharing, so sorry to those folks who are starving … Continue reading Repairs, repairs, repairs and more repairs
These pages of sheet music are important. They span a lifetime of playing and singing with others. Through the styles, trends and tastes of each era of life. Gathering memories and sampling them with every replay. A jutebox of musical memories. Irreplaceable. Unfortunately, someone in the past has attempted to bind them together slap-dash style; … Continue reading The music lives on – a stub binding structure
In November 2014, when a group of ink and paper artists got together to plan a comprehensive community project about the Golden Plains Shire, there were unexpected and delightful results. The ideas flowed, as we considered how the diversity of the shires history would be reflected in our work. Everyone agreed that writing and drawing … Continue reading Once Upon a Shire – building a book for a community – Part 1.
Some folks this month have asked about the interview I did with ABC quite some time ago. It seems that it still pops up from time to time on Melbourne radio, and has piqued some interest - who knew. It was such a fun day - Margie was supposed to come and do a quick … Continue reading Looking back – A day with ABC radio
Once Upon a Shire,there were six artists and a bookbinder, whose work was inspired by time they spent with the Golden Plains community. Their musings and impressions were laid carefully and deliberately like stones in a dry wall across the hillside - tactile, honest, lasting. The work was bound, so that the wall we built can … Continue reading Once Upon a Shire – an invitation
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
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?!