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« on: April 22, 2008 04:35:29 AM »

I've been bookbinding for almost 6 months, and finally have made something I'm 99% happy with.

These are A6 size (approx 6 x 4 1/2 inches), landscape orientation, hardback blank books/journals.

They are quarter leather bound, and covered with lined 'homespun' cotton fabric.

I've had great trouble trimming bookblocks, so I left them 'natural' - this means the foredge is stair-stepped, and the tail has got a 'deckle'. Ideally I'd like properly trimmed blocks, but... meh... it's not happening right now (any tips?).

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mrsmartin428
« Reply #1 on: April 22, 2008 05:30:15 AM »

I think you did a beautiful job!  Personally, I like minor imperfections...that's why I love handmade items so much, it's the little quirks that give things character.  I love how the colors in the fabric and leather coordinate so well, they remind me of guestbooks that you find in bed and breakfasts.
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« Reply #2 on: April 22, 2008 05:33:57 AM »

Thank you very much, mrsmartin!

I guess you're right about handmade. If something were 'perfect', there'd be no way to tell it apart from mass-produced, machine-made books, and I don't think they have much 'character'!
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« Reply #3 on: April 22, 2008 05:44:50 AM »

They look really nice Verde!  Shocked

I've dabbled a bit in bookbinding myself and I know that hard it can be to get everything the way you want it, but these look pretty professional. I think the only reliable way to cut bookblocks is to get one of those big paper trimmers (the lever operated ones that look like they could take your fingers off if you gave them 1/2 a chance), they can cut quite a few pages at once.

I guess I haven't been doing it long enough, cos one of your phrases still mystifies me

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so I left them 'natural' - this means the foredge is stair-stepped,

what does that mean? Huh
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« Reply #4 on: April 22, 2008 06:06:44 AM »

Thanks, Rio and for the suggestion, too.

I think often phrases are mystifying because of the different terms used in different countries. I don't half get confused reading a lot of posts here; it's certainly an education!

Foredge = the front right edge of the book.
 
Stair-stepped = foredge is jagged. This happens when you nestle a number of folios (sheets folded in half) inside each other to make up the signature(s) for the bookblock, without trimming the edges. One signature looks pointed, several signatures together make the foredge look zig-zagged. 

What I want is a proper plough. But wanting doesn't equal getting when such things are just a leeeeeetle bit pricey! LOL


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« Reply #5 on: April 22, 2008 06:37:52 AM »

What beautiful work!! I leave my edges "raw" too, I think it gives the book dimension and interest Cheesy
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« Reply #6 on: April 22, 2008 07:22:47 AM »

What beautiful work!! I leave my edges "raw" too, I think it gives the book dimension and interest Cheesy

I agree.  It gives it character.  Very nice job. 
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« Reply #7 on: April 22, 2008 10:48:36 AM »

Okay, so I'm chucking out my idea to save up for a plough and get neat edges. Hurrah for Craftster!  Grin

Thanks all. I feel so uplifted sharing my books here - I appreciate your comments and suggestions.
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kellen46
« Reply #8 on: April 22, 2008 11:51:16 AM »

These are beautiful! Makes me want to get back into book binding myself. Great job.
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« Reply #9 on: April 22, 2008 12:13:42 PM »

So that's how people get neat even registers, trim after folding? I was lucky enough to find a bypass/ guillotine/ plow cutter at an estate sale for $15. I need to get the blade sharpened, though.

Yes, you CAN take a finger off with them, I've seen it  Tongue
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