By Pamela Richmond
Designed as a pragmatic path for novices and hobbyists and likewise as a reference for extra complex scholars, this publication covers all of the simple recommendations of fabric and leather-based binding, together with instruments, fabrics and the workshop. the most typical bindings are coated, corresponding to unmarried part, case, flat-back and Buckram library-style. The booklet additionally contains notes on easy paper and binding maintenance, and a bit of initiatives to attempt, together with binding paperback books and making family items, similar to table blotters and photo frames.
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A whole book could be written about paper making but a brief knowledge is useful, and should help towards an understanding of its various uses. Paper is a 'substance composed of fibres interlaced into a compact web' (Hand-made Paper Today, Silvie Turner and Birgit Skiold (Lund Humphries). Although paper can technically be made from any cellulose material, from onion skins to nettle leaves, good hand-made paper is produced from a pulp made from cotton or linen. The actual sheet of paper is formed by the 'vat man', who dips a mould (over which is stretched a wire sieve or screen) into the vat of pulp.
The boards were thus part of the book itself, and the book was then covered in leather. By the end of the eighteenth century, however, education had become more widespread and, with an ever-widening reading public, the demand for books increased. Printers tried to keep pace with the increased demand and the advent of the first steam press in 1812 by Koenig and Bauer, and the invention in France of a paper-making machine by Louis Robert (commercialised in England five years later) led to many more books being produced.
Take your dividers and set them to 1/2in, add a 1/2in margin to the width and length of the outline on your board, and join the marks using a ruler and pencil (Figs 46 and 47). (ix) Place your board on the board chopper with side A against the gauge and B against the raised edge of the cutter. Fig 48 Fig 49 Move the gauge and board across the bed until the cutting line C is directly beneath the blade. Clamp and cut. You should now have a board of the required width with two known right angles (Figs 48 and 49).
Bookbinding: A Manual of Techniques by Pamela Richmond