Sticking To It

As I mentioned on Friday, today’s post is about adhesives. One can (see Keith Smith‘s books for example) create books without any glue or paste at all, but many structures require sticking things together. There are many pastes, glues, and tapes to choose from. Which ones do I use for what? Let’s start with cooked wheat starch paste.

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Friday Night Flicks: EepyBird’s Sticky Note Experiment

Since I am planning this Sunday’s post on the subject of adhesives, I thought a Friday Night Flick on the same theme would be appropriate.


Perhaps a trip to an office supply store is called for this weekend?

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Bookbinding for Amateurs

Early last week the website I check for weather forecasts had a Special Weather Statement notice. If you clicked the link, you got a page which started like this:

A couple of days later this was the view from my downstairs studio window:

Winter is here. It should be easier to stay inside and get some work done, as my bicycle riding is over until next Spring.

In September I mentioned that I would write occasional posts about other people’s books. Today’s post is not a review as such. It is just an introduction to the oldest volume in my collection of books on the book arts — Bookbinding for Amateurs, W. J. E. Crane, L. Upcott Gill, London, 1906(?).

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Friday Night Flicks: Don Taylor – Made in Toronto

Today I have two flicks for you: the first is in English and is about Canadian binder Don Taylor.


The second is in French, and is about Don Taylor and Béatrice Stock.


You can see more of Don’s work here.

Have a warm weekend. (I will be keeping the home fires burning.)

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Picking papers

The calendars are all printed, and I have done more work on the swap book, but since I don’t want to show either of those projects just yet, I thought I would write about paper today instead. I photographed some of the drawers in my paper storage as illustrations and will scatter those images throughout the post, but most of the papers that I use are white.  ; ]

The first image is a selection of paste papers by Susan Kristoferson.

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Friday Night Flicks: Biisuke Ball’s Big Adventure

I have mentioned before that I am a fan of Rube Goldberg machines. In Japan they are referred to by the term Pitagora Suichi, literally “Pythagorus switch”, or Pythagorean device. This week’s Japanese video is not only entertaining for the cleverness of the transitions, it tells a little story as well.


Have a great weekend!

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Timely Activities

I went to a craft fair yesterday: it’s that season of the year when there is one pretty much every weekend from now until mid-December. I was one of the founding members of the Artisans’ Craft Market about forty years ago, and it was a great pleasure to go as a visitor instead of as a producer!

One of the things I used to make for Christmas craft sales was desk top calendars.

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Friday Night Flicks: Jeff Peachey

I thought I would return to a bookbinding (sort of) theme for this week’s Friday Night Flick. As an introduction to his talk Pulled to Pieces: Life as an Independent Book Conservator, (which I attended at the Faculty of Information on October 21 in Toronto), Jeff Peachey showed this video.

He was hired to portray a bookbinder in an ad for the Samsung Note, a large-screen cellphone that can be written or drawn on with a stylus. The ad was shot, not in Jeff’s work space, but in a warehouse set up the way the art director thought a bindery should look. See how many wrong things you can spot going on in the 1.05 minutes it takes the ad to run!


It has turned into early winter here. I hope it is nicer where you are this weekend.

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More Odds and Ends

I am still trying to get back into the regular home and studio routine, so I don’t really have much to show for work this week. Instead, here is another collection of odds and ends.

One of the things I made sure to include while in Toronto was a visit to ARTiculations, one of my favourite art supply stores. I purchased some more brass items made by the company that produces the ruler/stencil that I purchased last year.

I have a project in mind for the label plates, but nothing specific in mind (yet) for the number clips. Although the latter are designed to be removable, if I want them attached permanently, I should be able to stitch them in place at the narrow neck at the top of the tongue.

When I got home a friend gave me another metal thing: a corner cutting guide to add to my collection of tools.

It should come in handy for cutting corners.

I have started back to work writing wishes and folding stars. The gallon jar with the stars I have folded since getting back doesn’t look that impressive, so here are the boxes in my studio. The second box already has four gallons of stars in it.

I have been (mostly) folding the largest size of stars. To maintain a random mix of sizes, I dump the latest full gallon into the first box. I mix thoroughly, then move a gallon of stars into the second box. This system seems to be working so far.

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Friday Night Flicks: Tombes et Manèges

Tomorrow night is traditionally one of the spookiest in the year, so here’s a little 3-D animation set in a graveyard to get you in the mood.


Happy Hallowe’en!

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