Finished the first part of this project. Trimming and mounting the illustrations, and finishing the cut sides are what remains.

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Some small finishing cleanup and these books are done!

Given the ribbon placement, I’m thinking these boards were made for a portfolio project. But I still can’t figure what I was thinking when I punched and cut up the spine side. Anyway, the cloth covers up most of those sins now.


Detail, turnover at head of the book. Note the poor adhesion on the left.

Most of the work is done – I drilled the rest of the holes and covered the spine with both mull and cloth.  All’ s left is to trim the skewed top edge of the cloth and turn in the bottom edge.  That third column of holes on the right? Total mistake.

The extra cloth is really noticable  there on the left.

A better look at the cords through the cloth.

Another reason I was hesitant to work on the corded book is that I had to improvise an alternative to a sewing frame. Sewing a book on tapes off-frame I’m used to; cord not so much.

The cord runs below the ruler and signatures. The cord’s stiffness helps them stand somewhat upright; I fixed them to the ruler and gave them a hard 90 degree twist up. If the job were bigger, this likely wouldn’t’ve worked.

Book, boards attached by cord only. My most recent plan was to cover the spine with cloth but the book’s looks and handling with the spine exposed are so pleasing, I’m hesitant to cover that up.

Gratuitous neato shot.

I no longer remember what my plan was for the boards I scavenged; those slits puzzle the hell out of me.

Figuring these would work best with a textblock sewn on cords, and seeing as how I don’t do that often, I worked on the other book first.

This was formerly the bottom right leg of my favorite linen loose pants.

The thread ran short sewing in the penultimate signature.

After pasting in the endsheets, I pressed the book for a long afternoon with a fan on to help drying.

And I’ll get right on that next book, the one sewn on cords. Right on it.

Scavenging the workbench for blank book materials turned up an old set of cover boards not yet attached to anything, a few sketchbooks I don’t use much anymore, and two matching mat board offcuts. I also have an old pair of linen pants I’ve been planning to turn into paper for some time; that supplied the book cloth.

First part’s done: the rough cut is finished. (Pardon the rough-looking photos, too. Long day.)

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