Friends, this is it: The completion of Dwimmermount.
The last remaining items on our list of deliverables were a set of hand-made Dwimmermount books, and these are now at hand. And they are amazing! The bookbinder, Thaddeus King, was kind enough to write a short description of the techniques he used:
"The Dwimmermount books were hand-made using techniques and equipment that have not changed much from the middle ages. A much earlier book would have had pages made from parchment instead of paper, and covers of wood instead of book board. No two are exactly alike given the variation in materials and hand-made nature of their construction.
"The text was printed 28 lb. short-grain paper and folded into signatures of 4 sheets (16 pages) each. The resulting 26 signatures were sewn together with separate endpapers on five heavy-weight linen cords, forming the text block of the book. The five bands on the spine are not for decoration: under the leather are are the cords that hold the book together.
"The fore edge was trimmed using a traditional laying press and plough, and the text block was rounded and backed with a hammer to form the rounded back and fore edge that helps the book maintain its structure while sitting on a shelf for years. Headbands were hand-sewn using two different colors of silk thread with a core of leather and parchment, providing further protection to the points on the head and tail where people often grasp the book to pull if from a shelf.
"The five cords were then woven into holes in the book boards and the resulting structure was quarter-bound along the spine with goat skin. The balance of the boards were covered in paper with brass or nickel protective corners. I did some minor blind tooling to the leather, accenting the five bands across the spine and adding a mark for each book to help the reader discern which end of the book is up before opening the volume.
"The resulting books are meant to be used: they are tougher than a book printed through a commercial printer."
I'm envious of the backers receiving these beauties, and wish I'd commissioned one for my own collection! Seeing them has convinced me that hand-made books like this deserve to be part of every future Autarch Kickstarter.
If you ordered one of these beautiful tomes, they will be shipped out this week.
Thank you again for your support for Dwimmermount. We made it! I hope we will see you again on future projects, and wish you happy gaming!
Alex, Tavis, Richard, Chris, & Autarch LLC