Bookbinding and the Conservation of Books
A Dictionary of Descriptive Terminology

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saw kerf binding

A method of binding single sheets by means of both thread and adhesive. Kerfs (dove-tailed grooves) are cut across the spine at an angle and are filled with adhesive. Sewing thread is then woven around the kerfs to supplement the adhesive, following which the kerfs are again filled with adhesive. This technique was the forerunner of SMYTH-CLEAT SEWING . (183 )

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