I have just added a page to this site where I am offering a variety of blank notebooks and journals for sale, most of them with quite creative covers. Some of these are books I bound a couple of years ago and have not got down to promoting. But some are also more recent creations, as I want to explore doing more of this sort of work if there is an outlet for it. I will probably eventually move them to another online shop, but for the time being I am selling them on this site. The prices may also be somewhat on the low side, but at the moment I’d like to see if they sell and move some stock.
Here are some more small flap-around Bibles (well, New Testaments really) that I was asked to do. The red one has rather wild end pages, which are made from paste paper and bits of gold foil.
I’ve added a new page to this site where I am selling hand crafted leather bound Bibles of various sorts. Over the past couple of years I have collected some Bibles and rebound them and am now offering them for sale here. Some of them are second-hand, of a lesser quality or have other minor imperfections, which explains some of the cheaper prices. Some are also Bibles I’ve used to experiment with and they give an idea of what is possible.
I hope to also add a page for hand-crafted journal type books before long.
There is a saying to the effect that the shoemaker’s children are the poorest shod, and this may apply to a bookbinder’s books too. I had been meaning to rebind my own Bible (or one of them) for a couple of years now, but never found the time for it. But because I wanted to experiment with some gold foiling and blind foiling techniques, I finally made the time for it. I also went a bit wild with colouring the end pages, but it gives one an idea of what is possible!
I’ve recently had a client who had Bible with a flap-around cover that she wanted rebound. I’d never done anything like this before and found it a bit of a challenge. The original cover had had a press-stud that closed it, but I did not have the necessary equipment to insert a pres-stud. My initial thought was to use a magnet but I have not been able to find suitably strong magnets for use in binding. (If any other bookbinders read this and know of a source, please let me know!) Anyway, after doing a binding with elastic that I wasn’t terribly happy with, I got an idea from looking at photos online, and have developed this binding which I did as an experiment on an extra Bible.
As an aside, I have a number of Bibles (some new and some used) that I have started binding – partly to experiment with different techniques and partly to show what can be done – that I plan to make available for sale via this site. More details to follow soon…
I recently had the unusual experience of binding a Bible that had been written out by hand. I was contacted by someone whose father had written out the whole Bible by hand over a period of a couple of years. His father is now deceased and he wanted to have the Bible nicely bound for the family to keep.
I regret that I have lost the “before” photo of this work. It came to me in large files and was written on ordinary lined A4 paper. Unfortunately (from a bookbinding perspective) there was not much by the way of margins, so I was not able to trim the book blocks of the 4 volumes that were produced. But the leather covers with a debossed Cross and ribs on the spine gave the volumes a pleasing finish.
I haven’t posted on here recently because of the demands of trying to establish a business and also the fact that much of my recent work has not been terribly original. I’ve realised that I’ll have to keep this blog for rather exceptional things, rather than run of the mill work.
However, this is a book that I bound recently as a gift. It incorporates an original water colour painting that my father did shortly before his death just over year ago. I’d asked him to experiment with some small paintings and he’d sent them to me, but I hadn’t got down to doing anything with them until recently. I think that I’m going to keep the rest of them for special personal projects. But it does give an example of the sort of things that one can do with original artworks.