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Re: [BKARTS] Unbinding a sewn book

In a message dated 1/17/03 23!14!10pm, chindrgn@xxxxxxxxxxx writes:

<< fastest without having to cut each string with scissors to get book apart.
we tried going to kinko's to get the book cut but the words would be cut
also which we do not want >>

Obviously, you have found out the amount of damage that can be done using the
FAST method. Cutting the sewing threads, and "pulling" (disbinding) is the
only safe way to insure the integrity of each leaf. Sometimes, the threads
can be cut from the outside along the sewing supports (cords or tapes), but
each signature will still have to be pulled separately. Pulling a book does
not really take too long.
ADDITIONAL THOUGHT: One way to speed up the fracturing(?) of the adhesive,
especially the newer adhesives, is to flag between signatures; cut the sewing
threads; place the book in a plastic bag and then freeze the book. After
about 24 hours, the adhesive will be brittle and should break away much more
readily when you pull the signatures apart.
Good Luck.
Bill Minter
William Minter Bookbinding and Conservation, Inc.
Woodbury, PA

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