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Re: Craftsman & Artists

I wonder where you are getting your facts to speak so righteously about  American
binders and their pricing policies. You are misinformed and wrong in many of your
American binders and restorers are at the avant garde of the binding and
restoration business, paying more attention to furthering the longevity of the
objects in their care, with Europe and the UK following behind and slowly catching
up with our methods and ethics in the field of preservation.
I take offense at your assumption that most American binders are dreaming
amateurs, I claim to be a professional and I am certain that most binders in
practice today feel the same way. The only thing us binders are dreaming about is
a decent paying customer. And we get them.
Further more, your claim that bookbindings done in England and paid with american
dollars is cheaper than bookbindings done in the US, is nonsense, with the
exchange rate favouring the pound for so many years, believe me, you don't get
much for your buck!

Art Rubino wrote:

> It is not so much that there are no qualified binders in the USA. There are
> binders who can produce nice stuff. The real problem is that they are often
> amateurs following a dream, and their prices make them non competitive with
> European and English binders, who are tooled and geared to produce lots of
> nice stuff consistently at much much lower cost. Take this to the book buyer
> and he will invariably go for price, all else being equal. I do not see any
> way out of this myself, except that it is self regulating. It is economics.
> The buyer will always go for the best value. You can not blame the American
> binder. Or the American buyer.
> Art Rubino
> Numismatic & Philatelic Arts of Santa Fe
> Antiquarian Book Sellers
> P.O. Box 9712
> Santa Fe, NM 87504  USA
> Phone  505 982 8792
> Fax      505 982 0291
> Email  Art_Rubino@xxxxxxx
> We are always interested in buying fine Numismatic & Philatelic books.
> ----------
> From:   Book_Arts-L: The list for all the book arts! on behalf of Jane M Brown
> Sent:   Monday, March 16, 1998 16:05 PM
> To:     BOOK_ARTS-L@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
> Subject:        Re: Craftsman & Artists
> #3.  right in your opinion (especially since I usually agree with you)
>         Including that issue that there are qualified people in the U.S.
>         (My recent conversation with an apprentice trained binder in the
> U.K. indicates that the qualified people in the U.K. are getting harder
> to find)
> Jane Brown

Denis Gouey

Visit the Denis Gouey Bookbinding Studio at:

http://www.bookbinding.net/pagedetitre  (French)

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