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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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