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« Reply #10 on: May 06, 2013 12:34:29 PM »

I so want to so this... However my paper binding skills need real work. I just started stretching and tanning my new cover for my 75 year old BOS. I'm kind of attached to it... I'm just rebinding old papers from the book that was handed down to me. Wink

I haven't decided no yet. ;P But i don't know if im cool enough to say yes.
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« Reply #11 on: May 06, 2013 01:13:54 PM »

Come play Carbine_corgi, you don't have to do book binding, you can also just make pages for someones loose page BOS. There are lots of options for you. Smiley
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« Reply #12 on: May 06, 2013 04:19:05 PM »

I so want to so this... However my paper binding skills need real work. I just started stretching and tanning my new cover for my 75 year old BOS. I'm kind of attached to it... I'm just rebinding old papers from the book that was handed down to me. Wink

I haven't decided no yet. ;P But i don't know if im cool enough to say yes.

If you have a 75 year-old Book of Shadows, AND you tan your own leather, you're more than cool enough for the likes of us! Cheesy And I'm sure your bookbinding skills are as good as anybody here. I'm a prop builder by trade, so for years I've been making things that look like hand-bound books, but it's only from doing Craftster swaps that I've bothered to learn to do it "for real". And I was surprised to find that, although it may take years to become a master, the basic techniques are simple enough that anyone can produce a perfectly respectable book on their first or second try! (In fact I realize now that "real" bookbinding is actually easier than most of the "fake" techniques I've used in the past!)

Okay, now I have to ask some dorky home-tanning questions. (Vegan-inclined readers may want to skip down to the next post.) What kind of hide are you preparing for your binding? Are you making parchment/vellum or are you tanning it as leather? In either case, what tools are you using to scrape it down to suitable thinness for bookbinding? And do you do that when the hide is raw, or do you wait until the worst is over and then scrape it down? I'm a frustrated tanner - I have information, a place to work, willingness to get messy, but no fresh animal skins to work on. Sad Where did you get the hide you're preparing?

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« Reply #13 on: May 06, 2013 10:03:34 PM »

I'm tempted. I'm not Wiccan, but have many friends that are. I'm Muslim with ... flavorings of Native American beliefs (no specific tribe, probably bits and pieces from many, though my ancestry is Chippewa), and hints of Wicca. Though i love natural healing and spiritual things.
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« Reply #14 on: May 06, 2013 10:03:42 PM »

Goodness, Wulf! I'm picturing you trying it out on roadkill just trying to find some hides to use. lol I'm imaging a raccoon skin BoS with the bushy tail hanging from the spine. XD It'd be kinda cool.
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« Reply #15 on: May 07, 2013 02:27:22 PM »

I'm imagining a raccoon skin BoS with the bushy tail hanging from the spine. XD It'd be kinda cool.

That would be cool! If only I could find a raccoon somewhere... Wink

I hope you'll decide to join us, EclecticDreamer.  Your interests sound intriguing!

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« Reply #16 on: May 07, 2013 10:16:04 PM »

@Electic Dreamer: I am not Wiccan myself... I wouldn't even know how to classify myself lol! Just eclectic with bits and peices of beliefs from different places. Mostly nature/earth based. A Book of Shadows doesn't necessarily have to be wiccan in my opinion Wink It can be just as simple as a journal to hold your secrets and life story!

@Carbine_corgi: Bookbinding is pretty easy if you find the right tutorial! I use a pretty basic form but it does the job! Some of us already have a BoS so you may only need to make pages anyways Wink
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« Reply #17 on: May 08, 2013 10:46:01 AM »

I so want to so this... However my paper binding skills need real work. I just started stretching and tanning my new cover for my 75 year old BOS. I'm kind of attached to it... I'm just rebinding old papers from the book that was handed down to me. Wink

I haven't decided no yet. ;P But i don't know if im cool enough to say yes.

If you have a 75 year-old Book of Shadows, AND you tan your own leather, you're more than cool enough for the likes of us! Cheesy And I'm sure your bookbinding skills are as good as anybody here. I'm a prop builder by trade, so for years I've been making things that look like hand-bound books, but it's only from doing Craftster swaps that I've bothered to learn to do it "for real". And I was surprised to find that, although it may take years to become a master, the basic techniques are simple enough that anyone can produce a perfectly respectable book on their first or second try! (In fact I realize now that "real" bookbinding is actually easier than most of the "fake" techniques I've used in the past!)

Okay, now I have to ask some dorky home-tanning questions. (Vegan-inclined readers may want to skip down to the next post.) What kind of hide are you preparing for your binding? Are you making parchment/vellum or are you tanning it as leather? In either case, what tools are you using to scrape it down to suitable thinness for bookbinding? And do you do that when the hide is raw, or do you wait until the worst is over and then scrape it down? I'm a frustrated tanner - I have information, a place to work, willingness to get messy, but no fresh animal skins to work on. Sad Where did you get the hide you're preparing?

Wulf



Lol thanks. I have been playing around with bits of deer and elk hide from recent hunts that some of my friends have gone on. Sometimes i make my hide a bit to thick with the current tool I have been using, but a buddy of mine just gave me this really cool sheer (honestly looks like a carrot peeler) that seems to be getting the job done. Ill have to let you know after this one finishes its bath. Ive made one natural book binding, but that was my thickest cover, it was a present for a friends diary. She seemed to like it though. Now i am experimenting with color and texturing. Also, I recommend finding your color and dipping it pre-stretch while raw. Its a Little grody, but it comes out better in the long run.
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« Reply #18 on: May 08, 2013 05:20:47 PM »

OK... I'm in. Will fill out the q'aire later this evening Smiley
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« Reply #19 on: May 08, 2013 05:43:49 PM »

Yay, Eclectic Dreamer!

And Carbine, please do keep us updated on how the tanning progresses, one way or another. I bought a new American Frontiersman magazine last month that has a tanning recipe in it that seems new to me. I'll try to find it and share with you.

Wulf

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