Category Archives: Bookbinding

Full Leather Journal

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!

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One Quarter Binding

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!