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May 19, 2007

Saturday morning musings…

Filed under: Morning Musings — jackie @ 9:41 am

Good morning readers.

It’s sunny again here in Va. Beach but still a bit chilly this morning.

I am off this afternoon to help another photographer friend shoot a wedding. I’m happy for the sunny weather as the ceremony is outside near the water and the couple will take a boat to the reception location.

We have gotten lots of new members over on the Book Arts Forum in the past couple of days. A few folks have introduced themselves. Janette Heffernen, who produces the Bookbinding With Peter Goodwin series, has also joined and written a nice introduction telling how she got into bookbinding.

Someone on the Book Arts L email list asked if there was any advantage to forums over email lists. I think it’s really just a matter of personal preference. I am a member of many email lists as well as a few forums and have found that each has it’s advantages and disadvantages. I personally find posts/topics in forums a easier to follow as you can see all the posts in order in one place. If you’re a newcomer to a forum can easilycatch up on a conversation you’re interested in without having to go through the archives to find the original emails. 

Having an email come right to your desktop allows you to get information immediately but I have found that for email lists that are very active the volume of emails in my inbox can get overwhelming. If I have them sorted to diff. boxes as they come in that helps but there are still alot of emails to look through or delete. 

I also find that forums allow people to interact more and that they do create more of a sense of community. With the forums I’m on folks in similar areas find each other and end up forming local communities for get togethers and information sharing. I’m not saying this doesn’t happen with email lists. I just notice it happening more with forums.

As with anything, being a member of alot forums or email lists can get overwhelming so it’s best to go with what a system works the best for you. The good thing is that there are lots of choices. Whatever you are into, be it book arts or toy trains, you are sure to find forums and email lists that you can join to meet and interact with folks who have the same interests.

A site of note this morning for anyone interested in book repair, The Simple Book Repair Manual. The web version of the Simple Book Repair Manual was created by members of Preservation Services, Dartmouth College Library and is searchable by chapters. I have not read through the whole thing but it looks like a very good resource for doing simple book repairs.

I hope everyone has a great day.

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May 18, 2007

Friday morning musings…

Filed under: Morning Musings — jackie @ 8:17 am

Good morning readers.

It’s overcast and drizzly here this Friday morning in Va. Beach.

For you local folks, I will be at the Family Fun Fest at the Contemporary Art Center on Sunday from 2-4. There will be activities for the kids as well as some fun reinactments to watch. You can also see the Magna Carta which is on exhibit.

Thanks to those who answered my question yesterday. I appreciate the feedback. I’d like to hear from more folks. Do you learn better from reading a manual or do you prefer a video? Or perhaps you are someone that prefers to do all their learning from classes. Let me know what you think.

We’ve got alot of new members over on the forum. Stop by and say “hi” if you get a chance. 

I hope everyone has a great day.

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May 17, 2007

Thursday morning musings…

Filed under: General, Mailbag — jackie @ 9:55 am

Good morning readers.

It is raining and cool here in Virginia Beach this morning after several days of sunshine and warm breezes. It’s a good day for bread baking. I love to bake bread. I’m looking forward to the day that I can have a clay oven in my backyard. I’ll be making honey whole wheat loaves this morning. :)

Yesterday, in the mailbox was a copy of the video The Atlas from the Bookbinding with Peter Goodwin series from Janette Heffernen. Janette produced all the Peter Goodwin bookbinding videos as well as one of her own on DIY video making (which I recently ordered).

Video seems to be the way of the future for alot of the information sharing. I’m considering making a few videos to go along with my tutorials. I am a visual person myself so photos and drawings that go along with written instructions have always helped me when learning a new technique. Taking classes was even better because I could actually see the technique being performed but I still had to take notes and try to remember what the teacher showed us once I got home.

So…I’m curious to know what you all think. Do you prefer to learn from written manuals with pictures or would a video be more helpful for you in learning? Or perhaps both? Please comment below.

I haven’t had a chance to view the whole video The Atlas yet but I’ll post a full review once I do. 

I hope everyone has a great day.

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May 16, 2007

Wednesday morning musings…

Filed under: Morning Musings — jackie @ 7:54 am

Good morning readers.

Yesterday was a great day. My friend Holly and I went up to the Colonial Williamsburg area. We visited The Bookpress, Ltd. which is an antiquarian bookshop with many yummy old books. I found a nice little copy of a book of selected bindings from the Victoria and Albert Museum. We also visited the historic area, we went to see the bookbinder and I got a gingerbread cookie.

Here are a few photos I took in the bookbindery at Colonial Willimsburg yesterday.

Here’s a view of the inside of the bindery. There’s several marble slabs for paring leather lying around and you can see the stove for heating tools back by the window.

Bindery inside

There are three binders that work at the bindery. There is a master binder and two journeyman. The master binder, Bruce Plumley, was in the shop when we were there yesterday. I believe he’s been at Colonial Williamsburg bindery since the mid 80’s.

Here’s the master binder showing Holly how the plough works.

Holly and binder

The master binder demonstrating the plough to onlookers. The binders really can’t stand around and chat with you about general bookbinding today. They have to stick to talking about binding information from the time period. See the books in the foreground on the table, they are blank books that have gotten really dirty just from the many folks opening them.

Holly and the binder

Here’s a photo of a sewing frame in action.

Sewing frame in bindery

A large plough.

Another view of the bindery

Tools, blank books, odds and ends and other cool stuff. There was an impressive collection of wheels on the wall. Here’s a nice slideshow from CW site of the bindery.

Blank books and tools

A huge paper press out back of the bindery.

Paper press

Before we left I got my cookie. Mmmmmm gingerbread. :)

MMM gingerbread

If you get a chance to go to Colonial Williamsburg, def. stop by the bindery and check out all the cool stuff. And def. go by the bakery for a few gingerbread cookies.

All in all it was a very nice day topped off with a great seafood dinner. Thank you to those who sent well wishes.

I hope everyone has a great day.

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May 15, 2007

The “B” Word…

Filed under: Morning Musings — jackie @ 7:45 am

That would be “Birthday”!

Of course that would be mine, which is today. :) I’ll be hitting the road here soon to have some breakfast and haunt a few book and stationary shops with my friend who has the same birthday as mine (Hi Holly). We have a yearly tradition of doing something together each year on our birthday.

I have started my first springback binding. I have the pages sewn together. It will be a fairly thick book. (almost two inches.) The spine will be leather and the covers will be canvas. My friend Boots who works at JoAnn’s fabric brought me a few of the heavy duty tubes that the rolls of fabric are wrapped around to use for springback spines. In the video by Peter Goodwin, he shows how to use heavy cardboard tubing for his spines instead of building them from scratch. This is just one of the cool things that makes the video worth getting.

I hope everyone has a great day.

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May 14, 2007

Monday morning musings…

Filed under: Morning Musings, Tutorial — jackie @ 8:13 am

Good morning readers. 

It’s sunny and chilly again here in Va. Beach. I’m not ready for the heat so chilly is good. It def. makes for better sleeping weather.

When I get some time I am planning on going back through all the old posts and culling out all the various useful links I have presented and putting them on their own page in an easily searchable table.

A site of note this morning… Hugh Sparks has written a really nice little beginner tutorial on printing and binding your own small book. From the site: I like to make small hardbound books I can carry around so I’m always ready to entertain myself when I get stuck in meetings or family holidays. The following photo essay is only an overview of the process. I am by no means a teacher of bookbinding. This record exists mainly so I can remember how to do it next time

Hugh’s fun sense of humor and chatty writing style make the tutorial an entertaining read. His tutorial walks the reader through how to print, trim and coallate the text for your book as well as all the steps for binding. Of course blank pages could be substituted for the printed pages.

What I like about this tutorial is that there are lots of photos to go along with the descriptions and that he shows you how to use everyday items to get the job done without the need to buy any expensive equipment. He also shows a neat little trimming trick for your book block by improvising a plough out of a woodworking clamp and a sharpened chisel for the cutter.

Each step is written clearly which makes this an easy tutorial to follow.

I give this tutorial Thumbs upThumbs up.

I hope everyone has a great day.

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May 13, 2007

Happy Mother’s day!

Filed under: General — jackie @ 7:58 am

Happy Mother’s Day to all you book artist Moms out there.

I only have doggies but I’m sure I’ll get a few extra tail wags and kisses from the lot of them today.

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May 12, 2007

It’s back! The Saturday morning surf report…

Filed under: Popup books, Surfs Up — jackie @ 8:06 am

Good morning readers. 

The Sat. morning surf report is back.

Grab your morning beverage of choice, pull up a chair and let’s go surfing.

Here are a few sites with fun things to try to get you warmed up…

Here’s a site where you can learn how to antique paper.

This is fun. Make your own Card catalog cards with the catalog card generator.

Card catalog card

Check out A Term For The Terse. From the site: The terminology and subtleties of the book trade can seem rather cryptic, arcane and even stupid. What follows, is a primer of the terms and tactics used among the purveyors and collectors of out-of-print and rare books. Many of these terms have been in use for several hundred years. Unfortunately, the Internet has brought with it a general dumbing-down of any traditional knowledge or nomenclature. Many of these terms are endangered. Read quickly!

Now that I’ve got you warmed up …

I don’t know about you all but I’ve always been fascinated with pop up books. I think that some of them are wonderful feats of engineering. I admire folks who can create those detailed pop ups. I wish I had the dexterity and patience for them.

This is a great site where you can take a tour through the history of pop up books.

Check out this cool pop up exhibit from the Rutgers University Libraries.

The PopUpLady site has lots of information as well as the history of pop up books.

Mark Hiner is a paper engineer.  From the site: Well, I am a paper engineer and this site will show you what I do and what can be achieved with paper engineering. Most people will be familiar with some simple pop-up books from their childhood, but I hope that by browsing this site you will see that pop-ups (or paper engineering) can be used for many types of book. If you are not already a lover of the magic of pop-ups, I hope you will learn to appreciate them and the work that goes into creating interactive, pop-up books.

Here is a tutorial where you can learn how to make your own pop up book.

And finally if you really get into making pop up books there is a worldwide group called the Moveable Book Society that you can join.

Surf’s up!

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May 11, 2007

Filed under: General — jackie @ 1:29 pm

Ok…I’m in pen heaven now. I just got back from a lovely trip to a local pen shop that is just down the road from me. If you are local you need to check out  A Pen Lovers Paradise.  I was so excited to go there and see the “great wall of ink”. I ended up just getting some Noodler’s Walnut ink and a book entitled The Art of the Handwritten Note: A Guide to Reclaiming Civilized Communication by Margaret Shepherd. I am planning on getting a cup of tea/coffee and sitting down this afternoon in the midst of napping puppies to read through it.

For you local folks, the shop is located near the Va. Beach Courthouse in the Princess Anne Shops off of North Landing Road. If you are not local you still need to check them out as you can purchase all their pens, inks and supplies off of their site.

In my best Homer Simpson voice…mmmmm fountain pennnnnsss.

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Friday musings and missing pens…

Filed under: General — jackie @ 9:01 am

Good morning readers.

It’s sunny and warming up here in Va. Beach. I am off to visit a pen shop this morning that I just found out about. I love fountain pens and stationary so it will be a real treat to visit.

Since I am going to visit a pen shop I thought I might get some new ink for my fountain pens. I’m in the process of revamping my studio and couldn’t find my box of pens in any of the usual places. I eventually found them, in their safe keeping place, but it was really frustrating for a little while as I searched everywhere for them. I had visions of them accidently going to Goodwill.

I thought some of you might be interested the nice little tutorial on making a hole punching jig that breaks down for travel in this issue of The Bonefolder, an e-journal for the bookbinder and book artist. If you haven’t checked out the magazine you def. should as there is lots of great information in each issue. It’s put out by Peter Verheyen who runs the Book Arts Web.

Just a note on my free tutorials…I will be moving the links from the sidebar to their own page in the next few days. The page is all set up and ready to go if you’d like to have a look. I just need to get a link up for it.

I hope everyone has a great day.

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