more mini coptic

Well, I sharpened my tools and bought more wood for wooden book covers, so that’s two items off the to-do list.

For this long weekends making, I have 4 little saddle bound books, 2 stab bound books, 2 coptic bound wooden books, and 2 folded books.

mini-books

The folded books were a bit of an experiment, but I’m pretty happy with them. They are folded from a single piece of A4 paper. I found the instructions in Alisa Goldens book Making Handmade Books: 100+ Bindings, Structures & Forms

folded

I had originally thought of the books I was making as things that would only reach their fulfilment once somebody else had used them;  a tabula rasa waiting to be filled in. But Goldens book introduced me to the idea of Book Arts where the book itself is the finished product.

I’m also quite happy with the two coptic bound books I made. These are two of the most finished books I’ve made so far. All the faces and edges of the covers have been cleaned up so there’s no splinters, although I’ve tried to keep the raw split faces as natural as possible.

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Todo List

  • Sharpen tools
  • Make more blanks for wooden book covers
  • Find a good paper supplier
  • Find a supplier for thread for binding
  • Learn how to make my own bone folders