Book of soles – my lesson in provenance

This is extraordinary - you must check it out. Click on the picture and go to the article written for the Book and Paper Gathering.I first saw a picture of this book when Dominic Riley came to Australia and showed us a slideshow on his laptop of books that have influenced his journey in bookbinding … Continue reading Book of soles – my lesson in provenance

Voice FM visits the Sago bindery

Sue Peacock from Voice FM came to visit the bindery and chat.  She's a bonza lass with a keen interest in rare trades. It was a pleasure to have her company.  Sue is keen to talk with other tradies too, so watch out for more of her work.  ..click on the microphone to go the Voice … Continue reading Voice FM visits the Sago bindery

Baby Steps: Preservation archiving – Clean, Colsolidate and Box

There are some books for which the 'full monty' of repair is either not required, not recommended, or not affordable.  The Preservation archiving process 'CCB' (my bindery shorthand) option is very useful in these situations. For example, this book is made of precarious materials. For this book, the more you touch it, even to repair, … Continue reading Baby Steps: Preservation archiving – Clean, Colsolidate and Box

The music lives on – a stub binding structure

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

Once Upon a Shire – building a book for a community – Part 1.

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.

The poor apprentice, lost without his Master’s hand.

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.

Choosing a book to rebind

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

CLEAN RECOVERY – STAGE 1 FOR A LOVELY BIG BOOK

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