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Re: [BKARTS] Off List Replies and Bruce Levy Lay flat Binding



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My God Jack, I would have become rich!

Bruce
----- Original Message -----
From: "Jack C. Thompson" <tcl@TELEPORT.COM>
Date:         Mon, 10 Jun 2002 22:44:03 -0700
To: BOOK_ARTS-L@LISTSERV.SYR.EDU
Subject:      Re: [BKARTS] Off List Replies and Bruce Levy Lay flat Binding


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>  Stone Eye - An Exhibition of the Midwest Chapter, Guild of Book Workers
>   For information about the exhibition, and to order your catalog, see
>   <http://palimpsest.stanford.edu/byorg/gbw/mwchap/specialevent2.shtml>
>              ***********************************************
>
> I began teaching hands-on techniques as an electrician aboard the
> USS Tidewater, (AD-31) when I was appointed as division training
> petty officer in 1967.
>
> Ten years later, or thereabouts, I was teaching hand bookbinding and
> book/paper restoration techniques to librarians and archivists.
>
> It was clear that while some things may be learned from the literature
> (including aspects of the internet these days) there are some things which
> may only be learned by observation/training.
>
> And Bruce Levy's K118 falls within the latter category.  It's sort of like
> reading about how to perform an appendectomy.  One may understand what is
> to be done, and in what order, but if one doesn't know how to cut and sew,
> it is probably best left to the doctor.
>
> Bruce comments:
>
> >I never received a cent for the videos that were made by the GBW of my
> >>Standards presentation on rebacking, which have been selling for years,
> >and >this is the first time I mention it- but to my way of thinking,
> >things have >been bass-akwards in this field for some time.  But as I said
> >I am ALWAYS
> >there to answer questions.
>
> As the producer of that videotape I can confirm his assertion; he never
> received a dime for his (1987) effort.
>
> His videotape is still available from me ($30.00, includes shipping in the
> US; $5.00 goes to GBW) and it is the best of two rebacking videotapes in
> the GBW Standards Seminar series (Bernard Middleton's 1992 presentation is
> also good but we had better equipment for recording Bruce's presentation,
> and the slide show at the beginning is worth the price of admission.)
>
> On the other hand, if Bruce had received a 15% royalty from his presentation,
> his income from that project over the past 15 years would have come to
> approx. $187.50, or $12.50/yr.  Do the math.
>
> The last year I produced the Standards Seminar was 1992.  In 1993, just before
> that seminar Monique Lallier called me up and shrieked (I kid you not, boys
> and girls) that I was not to produce any more videotapes of Standards Seminars.
>
> Neither Frank Mowery, Karen Crisalli, nor Betsy Palmer Eldrige have ever been
> willing to tell me why this was so, but, to the best of my knowledge, there
> have been no Standards Seminar videotapes available since 1992.
>
> Just another data point.
>
> Jack
>
> Thompson Conservation Lab.
> 7549 N. Fenwick
> Portland, Oregon  97217
> USA
>
> 503/735-3942  (ph/fax)
>
> http://home.teleport.com/~tcl
>
> "The lyfe so short; the craft so long to lerne."
> Chaucer  _Parlement of Foules_ 1386
>
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