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VLOG: The Art of Fine Bookbinding

By Leah Dobrinska. Aug 19, 2016. 9:00 AM.

Topics: Fine Press, Book Making

Few simple things in life are as satisfying as opening the cover and flipping through the pages of a brand new book. This is perhaps exponentially more true for those who work in the art of bookbinding by hand. Indeed, bookbinding is something to behold. Binders must be meticulous with every bit of stacking, folding, glueing, and stitching; and there is also the design aspect of the binding to consider. For those who are unfamiliar with bookbinding, we've compiled a few introductory videos to give you a taste of the beautiful work being done by fine binders.

iskandariya-heavenly-monkey-press.jpgIf you're interested in more information about particular modern-day bookbinders, we'd direct your attention to Claudia Cohen who works out of her studio in Seattle, WA. She's done binding work for Heaveny Monkey Press as well as Two Ponds Press, among others. Likewise, John DeMerritt, Lisa Van Pelt, and Craig Jensen have all collaborated with Nawakum Press in their binding efforts. Other great bookbindery resources include the Society of Bookbinders, out of the UK, and the American Academy of Bookbinding.

What follows are a few videos that will allow viewers a look at the bookbinding process. It is truly amazing, and we hope you enjoy it.



 The making of Loom, Nawakum Press (See the binding process and hear from Craig Jensen starting at the 11 minute 45 second mark of the video).

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Leah Dobrinska
Writer, editor, and lover of a good sentence, a happy ending, and the smell of books, both old and new. Enjoys reading children's lit to her daughters, home-improvement magazines with her husband, and Shakespeare by herself.


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