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Re: [BKARTS] green horn - Equipment needed

If you're just starting out and haven't done any binding before, I would
suggest a book like "Books, Boxes, and Portfolios" by Franz Zeier. It does
a very good job of explaining basic traditional binding without the need
for a lot of specialized heavy equipment, such as a vertical plough, sewing
frame, and standing press. The diagrams are also very clear.

In terms of handtools, you want a "bone" folder (at least one, and I prefer
my teflon), good scissors, a large and small snap-off blade knife (and lots
of spare blades), a good sized cutting mat, needles. That should get you

What kind of book work have you done already? What is it you would like to
learn how to do?


At 10:37 PM 5/1/2003 -0400, you wrote:
Hi my name is David and I'm trying to get some equipment for bookbinding
for the first time. I am trying to find these items, preferrable used:

Board Cutter
Vertical Plough
Sewing Frame
Standing Press

And any other small tools needed for traditional bookbinding. Please
help a green horn out!

David Farler
Fairfield, OH


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