As all good binders know, roughly a week before the mailing deadline is the best time to start working on a set book. I took these pictures last week and have in fact mailed the book already. I was honestly quite suprised by the lack of screaming and crying involved in the process. I’ll tell more about this little project a bit later on.
Q:I would like to find a book binding natural bone and the punh tools where I can find it in good prices ?
Hello! I rarely use natural bone folders myself because I’ve had a teflon one for years. I have, however, seen bone folders and other bone tools for sale at craft fairs for very reasonable prices. These have all been in Finland so I don’t know whether you have anything like this in your location. You could also try eBay, and bone folders are actually rather easy to make at home too if you’re into sawing and sanding. It’s a very straightforward process but takes some time. If you’re hoping to buy the Japanese screw punch, make sure you buy the genuine Japanese one even if the price is a bit salty. Trust me; I have a cheap copy of it.
For most bookbinding tools I mainly shop at J Hewit & Sons, Schmedt and Shepherds (Falkiners). For those located in the US I’d probably recommend Talas or Hollanders. K. Kinoshita told me about Chino Crafts and it looks great too.
October: What is going on
I didn’t mean to disappear but I did, accidentally. I’m happy to see many new followers have found my little blog in the meantime. Have you already seen my website and my Etsy shop? Good. Here’s a summary of the things I have been up to lately:
- I have been working quite intensively on book projects which I won’t for various reasons share; many of the projects being things for upcoming shows, or just random private work.
- I did, however, take part in two separate Finnish book exhibitions this summer and will post about my work for them a bit later on.
- I have been painting lots, which is delightful. I have in the past year or so accidentally found large scale painting again, and have been enjoying it immensely.
- Traveled a bit, photographed some. I still do all kinds of mail art and trade it on a regular basis as well.
- I have also put a batch of plums and rowanberries in jars filled with vodka in order to have some great liquour in the midwinter.
I’m looking forward to binding some books for myself in the upcoming winter months. People have been asking for tutorials so perhaps there will be some. There will be odd writings about various techniques, details and processes at least. I’m in a busy place right now, in between many commissions, but hopefully it will pass and the natural flow of things will slowly work itself into my life again.
A historical style sketchbook / visual journal with reindeer antler tip as a peg closure. This book was bound in a variation of the longstitch technique and because of this and the flexible suede cover, it opens quite flat. It has sturdy and versatile Canson Mi-Teintes paper for pages and some additional sewing at the head and tail with natural coloured linen thread. I created this book to see what could be made of thick suede which I normally don’t use in bookbinding, and I’m quite happy with how it turned out.
This piece can also be yours if you decide so; see the listing and more details here.