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Re: Bookbinding 2000 - Tony Cains



Don't forget to paste both the leather and the board.
It makes manipulation considerably easier so Mr. Cains
pointed out.

Jane Brown
Charleston, SC

--On Tue, Jun 13, 2000 7:04 PM -0400 "Peter D. Verheyen"
<verheyen@PHILOBIBLON.COM> wrote:

>> Are the turn-ins smooth?
>
> Yes, because the leather is only manipulated on the board and worked flat
> at the turn-ins. In doing so he pulled, pinched, squeezed, twisted... the
> well wetted and pasted out leather. It goes without saying that the
> leather was oversized, and only pared at the headcaps and then corners.
> Those interested should have the basics of leather work down and know how
> to work with the material first...
>
>> Does a quick nip in the press flatten out the
>> pattern?
>
> Book does not go into the press. Rather, thick felts are put on top and
> bottom with light weight. One of the ways he mentioned it could be done
> was in three steps: Front, spine, back (or reversed). In the example he
> did on stage, under the lights he did it in that order and liked (as did
> most others) the back better. That's also why some (my included) sew the
> bottom endband first, or tool the back first...
>
>> Or is the book dried under weights and not put in a press at all?
>
> It was great to watch. You can see examples of  this technique in the
> book, "Fine Bookbinding in the Twentieth Century," by Roy Harley Lewis.
> New York: Arco Publishing, Inc., 1985. You can find several examples in
> this by Tony Cains and Edgar Mansfield (made it known) . There were
> numerous copies available for sale via Bookfinder.com
> <http://www.bookfinder.com> for about $15. Just put in author and title
> and you'll get clean results. There is also an exhibition catalog with a
> very similar name from a 1979 show at the Hunt Botanical Garden Library
> at CMU. This is also well worth having, but costs about $25... To see
> what Tony Cains was talking about, see the first however.
>
>> The whole process is very interesting.
>
> It was great to see and I've already started a book I want to try it on...
> Alas though, so little time.
>
> p.
>
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