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Re: [BKARTS] Ratskin

Hi Richard,

How did you add the search tool?  I mean, where did you get it from?

regards, a friend of rats -


On Sat, 30 Oct 2004 17:13:07 -0400, Richard Minsky <minsky@xxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> Phil Zimmerman is correct. In 1979 I bound Patti Smith's book _Babel_ in
> alum tawed rat, with safety pin clasps. Actually it's just quarter rat
> (spine only) with goat covered boards. At the time this punk bookbinding
> created quite a stir.
> It was hard getting rats in New York City. They don't let you shoot them,
> and when I volunteered to join the Dept. of Sanitation's Rat Patrol they
> refused my offer. I think it was a union job. I ended up preparing the
> sumac tanned goatskins and the alum tawed ratskins at the National
> Leathersellers' Centre in Northampton, England. I discovered that although
> ratskins were not commonly used for anything, mouse skins had been used in
> earlier times for the bosom linings of ladies' evening gowns.
> You can read a review of the binding at
> http://www.minsky.com/reviewta.htm
> where there is a link to a photo of it.
> When I read Phil's note on the list archive I went to minsky.com to look at
> the book, and realized it was not easy to find it. So I added a search form
> field on the home page. Now you can find just about anything at minsky.com
> from the home page by typing in a keyword. There are over 300 pages there,
> so this should make it easier for the 4,000 weekly users of the site.
> --
> Richard
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