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June 26, 2010

I’m a bit late in writing about it, but a couple weeks ago I finished a two-week class in advanced leather binding with Monique Lallier. I hadn’t been back since 2007, and we had a really great group and a really good time.

Unfortunately my designs are a bit involved, so I didn’t finish my books, but here’s what came of two weeks at the AAB:


A sewn text block. This one is a bit unconventional because it’s a UK deluxe edition of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, which had originally been perfectly bound (glued sections as opposed to sewn). So I made sections using a sewing machine so that I had a “fold” to sew through.


Ready for trimming in the guillotine.

The book is sanded until it’s glassy and then decorated with color or gold. This is the best shot I could get of the reflective surface.

I’ve done quite a few edges this way: I put a red layer of color down, let it dry, masked it, washed some of the red off, and then put down the purple layer.

Quite dramatic once the tape is removed!

Here’s the 2nd Harry Potter book:

headband in progress, top of HP2 book

headband at tail of HP2 book. (Who said that headbands have to match?) :)

HP2 book ready for covering. It’s covered now, but I don’t have a photo of it yet. And the design will take a while, but it’s going to be great… someday, when it’s finished. I’ll post pics.

The busy crew.

A Telluride sunset along the river trail:

I saved a few copies of my book that I did for my final show for fine bindings. The above design is taken from one of the illustrations in the book.

designs cut out by hand.

The book, ready for covering. But only after I took the leather down to .5 mm

And lastly, the final book. I’m quite delighted with the outcome (Well, it’s not actually final. It still needs its doublure, too… I’ll try and get some good photos when it’s all done.

I’ll leave you with one more fantastic Telluride sunset.

On Tuesday I leave for a 3 week Tonga / New Zealand book-making and exploring trip. I’m very excited! And I need to buy a snorkel mask. )

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. June 28, 2010 2:06 pm

    Those are such beautiful labors of love.

  2. Hannah permalink
    June 28, 2010 7:49 pm

    Your work is amazing as always, and thanks for the snap shots of Telluride. We’re motivated to take a trip there now.

  3. June 29, 2010 6:57 pm

    Oh goodness…I pretty much worship you you know?

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