[Date Prev][Date Next][Thread Prev][Thread Next][Date Index][Thread Index]
Re: Alum Tawed Goatskin
- To: BOOK_ARTS-L@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
- Subject: Re: Alum Tawed Goatskin
- From: Peter <Cuffs@xxxxxxx>
- Date: Fri, 11 Sep 1998 06:25:26 -0400
- In-reply-to: <199809111012.GAA20594@home.gis.net>
- Message-id: <199809111028.DAA21282@SUL-Server-2.Stanford.EDU>
- Sender: "Book_Arts-L: READ THE FAQ at http://www.dreamscape.com/pdverhey" <BOOK_ARTS-L@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
At 06:12 AM 9/11/98 -0400, Jack C. Thompson wrote:
>You didn't mention a couple of things which can affect how well your binding
>will turn out (turn-in...). Is the skin stiff or soft/stretchy; are you
>using oak boards?
>If the skin is stiff, you'll want to do as Peter recommends: cover the
>spine first and a little way down the board, working the skin until it is
>sticking well, or tie it up (if the text block is sewn on cord/thongs), or
>wrap it with cloth tape/elastic bandage to keep the back in place. On the
>following day damp out the unattached leather, paste it out and continue
>If the skin is stretchy, be careful and don't over stretch it over the
>spine/joints, just pat it down, lay a sheet of paper over the spine and
>bone it down gently every now and then.
>If you are covering oak boards keep your damp hands OFF the oak or you'll
>likely end up with *pepper* spots on your clean, white leather. Tannic
>acid from the oak plus moisture/sweat from your hands will make ink.
>Dorothy was correct as far as she went. Keep the bench and tools clean,
>yes. And also wash your hands well and dry them well before going to work
>on the skin. And if your hands get a little dirty while working covering
>the book take a break and wash them again. I keep a spray bottle of water
>by the bench and sometimes just spray my hands and tools, wipe them on a
>clean towel, and continue covering.
>Depending on what you're used to covering with, you may want to experiment
>a little with how thick/thin the paste should be for this skin.
>Jack C. Thompson
>Thompson Conservation Lab.
>7549 N. Fenwick
>Portland, OR 97217