This weekend has been mostly taken up with book binding. Here’s what I’ve been up to.
The premium red book cloth is cut into strips. I did the math and this stuff works out to about $1 / inch. I work carefully because I can’t afford to waste any.
Here you can see the red book cloth forming the visible spine of the books. The inner portion of the spine is reinforced with some plain weave cloth which is firmly attached to the text block.
This is the decorative paper used to wrap the cover boards. This forms the visible cover of the book; the plain brown boards can’t be seen.
Here’s what the covers look like when the decorative paper is added.
Decorative paper makes a big difference!
Ten cover boards are complete; ten still need decorative paper.
I’m taking a break for a couple hours because I need to do some work in order to meet my deadline in the morning, though I’ll probably get another few cover boards completed before bed. My glue brush is seriously diminished; half the bristles have broken or fallen out. I’ll need to get a new brush or two before I tackle building all these text blocks.