Bookbinding, a brief overview…

  


Bookbinding is an art form which I have recently become interested in.  Making a book is a lengthy process, and requires precision.  The interior is made first. Pages are folded in half to make a folio.  Four folios “stacked” make a signature.  Books can have many signatures – mine have six – and these comprise the book block.  All pages are carefully stitched together, and then glued.  A cover is made separately.  One of the most challenging aspects of bookbinding is gluing the book block into the cover.  A mistake at this point can cost the entire project.  

These 5" x 7" blank books are one of a kind, since the papers are so limited; and each book may have up to six hours of work behind it.  They are signed and dated in the back.