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By Meg Green
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Hand Bound Books

People love their books, especially old books, well read and much loved, the leather volume that fits so neatly in the hand.

I run a small book bindery, one of the last that still offers hand binding. I get a lot of calls to rescue treasured family favourites and old historical volumes as well as create original bindings for new works.  I work with creative people producing unique volumes and short run artist editions and the studio hosts workshops teaching people how to make their own books.

Gold finishing completes the book adding title, author, details, even monogramming, to the cover and down the spine; it gives the book a feel of balance, value and personalisation and embodies the personality of the book with a satisfying sense of completeness.

After years of borrowing access to ageing and increasingly rare finishing equipment, this campaign will buy a new Gold Finishing machine for the studio. With your help, bookbinders, artists and students will have access to a modern, accurate and reliable machine.

Gold titling and finishing is done by setting brass type into a machine that uses heat and pressure to transfer the gold directly onto the book. The machine is called a Blocking Machine.

For bookbinding, the print head has to be relatively large, the machine has to be robust (single cast frame) and have a flat bed work area big enough for all kinds of books and other materials. The temperature and pressure have to be controlled precisely and accurately to produce a good result in gold.

After much searching, we have finally found a UK sourced Blocking Machine that is solidly build, relatively affordable and perfect for bookbinders, students and artists from experienced old hands to new entrants who may never have made their own books before but are keen to learn.

The Blocking Machine we have in mind has a large 6" x 9" print head, big enough to accommodate all type sizes. The flat-bed work table will take standard and oversize books, large format design work and monogramming.

The total cost of the machine, shipping and VAT is £2,760. We've already received generous pledges for about half this amount. To reach our goal we only need £1,210 more. Your contribution will make all the difference. Rewards include hand bound leather journals, limited editions, artist editions, gold monogramming, workshops and much more.

If we exceed our goal, any additional funds will be used for brass type in larger sizes, fonts, numbers and punctuation sets. We currently have only two small type sets, so additional type will really benefit the size and styles of gold finishing design work our bookbinders and students can achieve on restoration and artist books.

Our most treasured volumes often come to us through beloved family and friends and carry our own histories within the pages.  In an age of digital media, a hand held book is a beloved artefact, hand crafted, modest and beautiful, it doesn't need a plug, a power source or a screen.  A book will never 'crash'.

Your generous support is very much appreciated by everyone at Some Odd Pages Book Arts Studio. Thank you so much for participating in this project for the love of hand bound books!

 

Risks and challenges

We've done a lot of research into various types of machines that are suitable for both experienced bookbinders as well as new students. We really wanted to work with a UK supplier so there will be reliable support going forward in case we ever need servicing or additional parts.

We've checked with the Society of Bookbinders, of which I am a member, and consulted with other members who are familiar with and have used similar machines from this manufacturer so there's a good community knowledge base and contacts already established. The supplier has been in business for many decades, the machine is under guarantee and will have servicing and technical support if anything is needed.

We have already received a detailed quote and assurances of delivery and set up to be complete within two weeks of ordering. I also anticipate about two weeks of further testing once the machine has been installed.

We have created a dedicated work station within the studio where the machine will be available for students, visiting artists and bookbinders to have safe access to the machine, type sets and set up area. Everyone using this machine will have a Health & Safety induction before being authorised to use the machine. This will safeguard both the user as well as the machine!

I don't anticipate any further difficulties as long as we reach our funding goal.

As a supporter of this project, you will be kept well-informed on the ordering, arrival and set up and will be able to follow its progress. You will receive updates and invitations to events and workshops in future and hope you can visit the studio yourself to see this wonderful precision machinery at work and perhaps participate in making your own beautiful hand bound books!

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    Our Grateful Thanks

    For your kind pledge, you'll receive my grateful thanks along with a signed notecard from Some Odd Pages Book Arts Studio.

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    Limited Edition Bookmarks, set of 4

    For your very kind pledge, you'll receive 4 hand made limited edition signed and numbered bookmarks originally made as part of the UWE 'Bookmarks' project from 2011 - 2017 by Some Odd Pages.

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    'Broadsides' Open Artist Edition

    For your kind contribution you will receive one copy of this unique fold-out reversible pamphlet inspired by the historical 'Broadsides' collections of the City of London's Guildhall Library.
    Twelve panels depicting details of selected 'Broadside' sheets within Guildhall Library’s archives. Each panel includes the Broadside archive reference number. Signed and numbered open artist edition.

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    Gold monogram or blind embossment

    Add your own monogram to one of our other reward items.
    The new equipment will be able to add personal detail to your book, a great addition for the hand bound leather journals especially.
    Gold finishing and monogramming is expected after the new equipment is purchased and installed.
    Please feel free to contact the studio anytime to discuss the details of your monogram.

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    'Treasure' Limited Artist Edition Folio

    For your very kind pledge, you will receive one of only 8 limited edition fine art folios from the 'Treasure' project with the City of London's Guildhall Library. Each reproduction folio depicts a hand drawn highlight from one of Guildhall Library's historical archives. Folios are printed on archival fine art 130gsm fine art paper, mounted and accompanied with its index reference within the archive.
    These folios are only available to supporters of this project.

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    Book Repair & Rebinding, cloth finish

    For your generous pledge you will receive a hand bound repair and rebinding for a volume of your own choosing. Your volume will be cleaned, repaired, resewn (if applicable) and remounted into new hard covers with cloth exterior finishing in the colour of your choice.
    (Subject to feasibility and approval by the studio in keeping with the structure and condition of your original volume.)
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    Hand Bound Leather Journal

    For your generous pledge you will receive a hand bound leather journal with historical double Longstitch corded binding. Filled with warm white fine art quality pages, this journal is perfect for artists, writers, travellers and book lovers of all interests.
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    Workshop: Coptic Binding

    For your very generous pledge you will receive one-to-one tuition on 'Coptic Binding'. Coptic binding is one of the most ancient and deeply historical non-adhesive lie-flat bindings and a very satisfying skill making your own beautifully constructed hand bound books. Three hours of tuition scheduled to your own convenience here in the studio in Chertsey. All project materials are included, studio tools are provided for your use during the workshop.
    As with all our workshops, you are invited to take advantage of unlimited 'Question & Answer' time going forward making your independent work easy and rewarding.

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    Workshop: Simple Case Binding

    For your very generous pledge you will receive one-to-one tuition on 'Simple Case Binding'. This binding is one of the most practical modern bindings and covers useful skills for making your own beautifully constructed hand bound books.
    Three hours of tuition scheduled to your own convenience here in the studio in Chertsey. All project materials are included, studio tools are provided for your use during the workshop.
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    'Thames' Artist Book, signed Ltd. Ed.

    For your very kind pledge, you will receive one of only 4 copies of 'Thames' artist book of fine art photographs created by Meg Green of Some Odd Pages Book Arts Studio. This book features images of the iconic Thames River taken only a few miles from the studio. Additionally, you will receive a signed thank you card featuring a fine art reproduction print of one of the images from this limited edition book.

    This book will be only available to supporters of this project.

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    Large Hand Bound Leather Journal

    For your very generous pledge you will receive a hand bound leather journal with historical double Longstitch corded binding. Filled with warm white fine art quality pages, this journal is perfect for artists, writers, travellers and book lovers of all interests.
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    Workshop: Gold finishing & monogramming

    For your very generous pledge you will receive one-to-one tuition on 'Gold finishing and monogramming'. This session covers useful skills for creating gold foil finishing work your own books or other objects.
    Three hours of tuition scheduled to your own convenience here in the studio in Chertsey. All project materials are included, studio tools are provided for your use during the workshop.
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    Workshop 'Intro to Book Repairs'

    For your very generous pledge you will receive one-to-one tuition in 'Introduction to Book Repairs'. Six hours of tuition over two 3-hour sessions scheduled to your own convenience here in the studio in Chertsey. All learning project materials are included, studio tools are provided for your use during the workshop.
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    Book Repair, Leather Spine Binding

    For your very generous pledge you will receive a hand bound repair and rebinding for a volume of your own choosing. Your volume will be cleaned, repaired, resewn (if applicable) and remounted into new hard covers with fine leather spine and cloth covers in the colour of your choice.
    (Subject to feasibility and approval by the studio in keeping with the structure and condition of your original volume.)
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    Book Repair, Full Leather Binding

    For your very generous pledge you will receive a hand bound repair and rebinding for a volume of your own choosing. Your volume will be cleaned, repaired, resewn (if applicable) and remounted into new hard covers with full fine leather binding.
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    Bookbinding Workshops: 4 Core Skills

    For your very, very generous contribution you will receive the complete 'Core Skills' workshop cycle with 12 hours of in-studio tuition. Four topics cover adaptable and integrated techniques including Simple Case Binding, Non-adhesive Bindings, Japanese Binding and Fold-Out Bindings.
    All project materials are included and studio tools are available for you to use while you're here.
    Each three hour workshop takes place in our studio in Chertsey, UK and may be scheduled for a time and day to suit your own convenience.
    In-depth information on historical context of books, bindings and materials, applications and techniques: glue, board, paper, cloth, tools and suppliers.
    Special techniques for measuring, cutting, gluing and pressing create reliable, strong, satisfying book forms in paper, card, board, cloth, creative bindings, adapted books, text and image, pattern making, commissions, etc.

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    Commemorative Plaque

    For your extremely generous support a special bronze plaque with your name prominently mounted on the blocking machine expressing our grateful thanks for making this project possible.

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