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Re: [BKARTS] non-flattness in leather covers



Don,

As you have seen, there are differing answers to your question.

And both were correct.

James lays up lined boards to dry over time and wants his boards to
lie flat; Bruce likes a slightly bowed cover (as do I, as it fits the
hand nicely, which is not to say that a flat board will not fit a hand).

Those of us who spend more time restoring older books than we do making
new books are used to moving from wooden boards to pasteboards to rope
boards to Davey board and back again in the course of a day/week, working
with tanned leather, alum tawed pigskin, or vellum/parchment.

The thickness/nature of the covering material and the thickness/nature of
the board are not as important as the desired result.

If, for instance, you live in southern Arizona and are binding a book
which will be shelved in New Orleans, make damned certain that it is
very dry when it leaves your studio.

If you are in Portland, Oregon, and are shipping a book to Boston,
don't worry too much.

This may not answer your question, but it should provide food for thought.

Jack

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