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Re: [BKARTS] Glue Help

In a message dated 1/27/03 :
<< I've made some hard back books and found that PVA really isn't
>satisfactory as it tends to warp the pages. I was wondering if anybody
>could suggest something better that I might use in its place, it would
>also be very useful if it was available in the UK.
> >>

It seems that many of the replies are looking at various ways of preventing
moisture from getting into the textpaper. While I agree on the need for
something like this, I feel there is something else to consider.
As a matter of fact, I use chipboard (about .020" thick -- and, yes, it is
acidic, but the sheet is only there overnight). My Mentor, Bill Anthony,
called this barrier a FENCE -- it not only absorbs the moisture, but also
absorbs the impression from the turn-ins so that there are not marks in the
However, it seems that Verian was asking about a different adhesive. Please
realize that a different adhesive MAY NOT solve the problem. In fact, a Fence
may not be the solution either.
I wonder if the "warping" is caused by the grain of the paper being wrong? If
the grain is running perpendicular to the spine, one will get all sorts of
problems -- cockling being one. Obviously, we have seen many books that are
cased-in without a "Fence" or other barrier by commercial binders, and they
use various types of adhesive.

Bill Minter
William Minter Bookbinding & Conservation, Inc.
Woodbury, PA

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