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Re: [BKARTS] Book Plow

Dear Amrit Bamrah,

I use a plough.  It can do very fine trimming indeed, if kept sharp and used properly.  The one I have is a combination unit plough and lying bookpress which I bought used from a woman in North York.  She apparently had it from the maker, whom she reported to be a binder/toolmaker in Montreal, from whom she had taken lessons.  I have forgotten the name.  However, there are a few such units in existence, and I would first check with CBBAG members and suppliers before trying to go it alone.  It's not a particularly demanding piece of technology, but a fairly sizable project for a first time.

If you don't know about CBBAG, you should: http://www.cbbag.ca/


At 06:33 PM 17/09/2002 -0400, you wrote:
Hi Everyone,

I am a starter in bookbinding and live here in Canada. I have so far failed to find a Printer who can trim the book edges for me. Therefore, I am thinking of making a Plow as given in Manister's book. I have never seen/used this before so am not sure whether it'll do the job as good as a Guillotine can.

1. Do you think it is worth spending money/time to make it? 2. Are there any better drawings/blueprints on the web to make a Plow/bookbinding essentials?
3. Should I think about buying my own Power paper cutter?

OR, if someone can suggest me a place around GTA where I can go for my occasional trimming needs.

Any help in this matter will be appreciated.

Gavin Stairs
Gavin Stairs Fine Editions
525 Canterbury Road
London, Ontario
Canada   N6G 2N5

telephone: (519) 434-8555.
email: stairs@stairs.on.ca

Gavin Stairs Fine Editions is a small, computer press specializing in book design and fine, hand-made books.
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