On October 10th of 2015 I got married to my wife Pierce. This is a leather bound book we used to have guests sign in. It was my first ever attempt at gold tooling. Its not perfect, but it is an extremely special little book to me.
A practice Journal made as a Christmas present for my grandfather. The leather has a beautiful grain and turned out really nice.
The top edge was hand gilded, which is a laborious process. The gold stuck really well, but came out more yellow than I would have hoped. There is a variation of gold which gives a more toned down look called “moon gold” that may have been a better choice.
The sewing structure is done on four sewn in cords and resulted in a great journal that lies flat and opens well. My grandfather was thrilled to have something to keep daily notes and his winning scores from games of gin!
This was my first attempt to rebind a perfect bound book. I began by removing the original covers and using a guillotine on the spine. Through a combination of careful cutting and pure luck, I kept the binding glue intact while removing the spine. The new leather spine and marbled paper boards are cased over the text block and attached with paper end sheets and a linen hinge. It was a fun and successful project. I will upload more pictures of the tooling once it is complete!