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Re: [BKARTS] two questions (fan binding and altered books)


I think the biggest part of the problem is information and willingness 
to change.  Newer adhesives available today stay flexible and have 
enabled such a binding to be far better and stronger than previously.  
People still want to use an inappropriate adhesive, however, which is 
not internally plasticised, not realizing that the spine won't stay 
flexible.  Having the right equipment makes the task so easy, and that 
is another hurdle.

I delayed for rather a long time before buying one of Jermann's fan-glue 
presses, but have never been sorry.  I use it often to repair 
contemporary books that have broken apart.  The technique allows the 
book to lie open well, especially on a copier screen.  So far nothing 
I've worked on has come back to me.  (This is not to say that I like the 
adhesively bound book (I don't), but it is with us to stay.)  I think 
that people in the trade who do have to bind or rebind books in single 
sheets are either unaware or unwilling to spend on something they are 
afraid won't work better than what they learned to do long ago.  Call it 

Another thought:  More than five years ago I made myself a journal of 
scrap Superfine, very quickly, because I was leaving for several weeks 
of vacation and needed the book immediately.  I used the fan-glue press 
and a cloth case.  I wrote in the book every day, glued or filed 
ephemera in it every day.  The book came back from 3-weeks in France 
more than twice as thick as it was when new.  It held together very 
well, still does, and has not failed anywhere—but doesn't look too 
sophisticated.  In use it laid nearly as flat as hand-sewn journals 
(still my preference).  You can't do this with a conventionally notched, 
glued, and over-lined spine.

Eugene, OR

  On Wednesday, November 6, 2002, at 10:30 AM, Ben Wiens wrote:

> By the way I can't for the life of me think of why double fan binding 
> is not
> used more today. The local bookbinder I have got supplies from doesn't 
> use
> it. He saws deep cuts in the book spine and lays strings in the grooves.
> Then he uses layers and layers of scrim to, as he puts it, make the 
> book not
> open too far so it will not break. Recently I went with my dad to a
> community center where he lives. There is a bookbinding shop there too 
> which
> rebinds and binds new specialty books like family histories. He too 
> does not
> seem to know about double fan binding. He also saws deep grooves in the
> spine and lays in string. I understand that double fan binding was 
> invented
> about 70 years ago. So what is the delay in it's acceptance? Can someone
> tell me?
> Ben Wiens...applied energy scientist
> Ben Wiens Energy Science Inc.
> 8-1200 Brunette Ave. Coquitlam BC V3K1G3 Canada
> E-mail: ben@benwiens.com
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