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Re: starting off

At 01:59 PM 5/27/97 UT, you wrote
>From: Art Rubino <Art_Rubino@xxxxxxx>
>Subject:      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'd welcome suggestions, advice, contacts.
>Best wishes,
>Mari Rhydwen, Humanities, Murdoch University, Perth, WA 6150, Australia


You just made the whole enterprize sound as worthwhile and satisfying as a
bucket of luke warm spit.  Mari's not looking to get into law school here,
so why the long face for the profession.

If someone had ecouraged me like that a few years ago I wouldn't have found
any of my 20 or 30 litho stones or the eight printing presses I've saved
from a life of decorating another over accessorized resturant.  Do you think
all this stuff is going to die with you?  Lighten up and give those grown up
digits a chance at the good life.

      M I C H A E L   M O R I N                  M.F.A., M.L.S.
    Director Celtic Press                Instructional Media Librarian
     Buffalo  New York                   D'Youville College Library
 Member Buffalo Free-Net Information Development Committee
       Member Buffalo Free-Net Executive Board of Directors

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