Bookbinding and the Conservation of Books
A Dictionary of Descriptive Terminology

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tacking

The operation of attaching a tanned, damp hide or skin to a wooden frame so as to allow it to dry in a smooth and somewhat stretched condition. As this method of drying is slower than tunnel drying, it is more expensive. The stretching action, which is accomplished by "enlarging" the frame must be carefully controlled because excessive stretching may weaken the leather, resulting in a loose and PIPEY LEATHER . It is an operation requiring considerable skill on the part of the workman tacking the skins to the frame, especially since many leathers are sold by the square foot; consequently, judicious tacking (and stretching) can add to the area of the leather. (363 )




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