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Re: starting off

Fine Craft Bookbinding is difficult to master as an adult, because great
finger dexterity is required in handling the papers, leathers and tooling for
titles. Like playing the violin, you need to start out early in life to do it.
 Most anyone can learn to do ordinary library bindings, but so what?. Also,
earning a decent living at it is an unlikely scenario.  There are other
problems as well, like many bindery tools are mostly antiques now, and
unavailable.  So...............not impossible, just very difficult. Good luck.

From:   The Book Arts: binding, typography, collecting on behalf of mari
Sent:   Tuesday, May 27, 1997 07:38
To:     BOOK_ARTS-L@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject:        starting off

I am an academic but have a yearning to take up bookbinding which was the
activity I enjoyed most at boarding school but was not allowed to pursue
(not an 'academic' subject).  I got the address of this list from the Web
where I found information about interesting courses, mostly in the USA.
Right now, I am unable to travel for extended periods, so how do I get
started here in Western Australia?  Is it possible to do apprenticeships -
I'm a little tired of formal study in institutions?  At this stage, I'd
like to find a way to learn bookbinding whilst not giving up my current
work until I have acqured some skill.  But if necessary I'm ready to jump!

I'd welcome suggestions, advice, contacts.
Best wishes,

Mari Rhydwen, Humanities, Murdoch University, Perth, WA 6150, Australia

Telephone: 08 9360 2217  Fax: 08 9360 6367

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