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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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