Hello all. Michael Keller here (retired book restorer). Forgive me Father for I have sinned; it has been 4 or 5 years since my last posting.
So anyone interested in new Group Topic ideas? hows this one... Since we are well into the 21st Century and the growth of the Internet in general and its resources like YouTube specifically - does anyone have any binding related video recommendations or comments in general? Any "must sees" ? (please include reasons and URLs if possible).
My own most recent recommendation would be: "Men In Sheds" series; Glenn Malkin, British Fine Binder; 36 m. a well-made, very informative look at creating an 'art book' for competition. (Not the sort of thing I do myself - but very interesting) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f96v8LRyblw
The rest of this post is just an FYI on a contribution I just finished and 'published' on YouTube:
Practical Book Restoration ["Tennyson's Book Of Poems"]
After 8 years of working on this project, I finally figured out how to edit, title, etc. each of these 20 videos as best I could and upload them all to YouTube. Years ago, when I first decided to do this project, I had no idea what purpose it would eventually be put to; nor did I have any clue how to technically do it.
Having recently reviewed what binding related video resources are currently available on the internet, I realize that there are hundreds of general interest book binding and book repair videos online (some quite good), and the subject of relatively simple binding fixes and repairs seems to be very well covered, but I could find nothing 'in depth' on old book *restoration* (restoring an old book from the ground up). So, in spite of the no-budget home-made quality of my pretty modest efforts, I decided to share them with anyone out there who might have an interest in such things.
01 INTRODUCTION [3 m.]
Overview of 'practical restoration' of a 19th century volume of "Tennyson's Poems".
02 ASSESSMENT [6 m.]
Description of the specific book in question; discussion of its original construction and the proposed chronology of the project.
04 DISBIND II [5 m.]
Discussion of original headbands and their replacement. Demonstration of cleaning an extant original leather spine.
05 DISBIND III [26 M.]
Beginning to disassemble the text-block into individual signatures (page sections). Discussion of "signature marks"; original rounding distortion of signatures; flyleaves; cleaning old adhesive from disbound signature; criteria for tissue reinforcement; the "guarding" process.
06 DISBIND IV [17 m.]
Discussion of recessed cords; cleaning old adhesive Demonstration of removing single signatures.
07 DISBIND V [15 m.]
The end of the disbinding process; discussing flush cord binding, introduction to sewing onto tapes, original headbands, original extant spine, preparation for signature re-reinforcement and guarding.
08 BOARD_I [16 m.]
Demonstration of: cleaning original leather boards; creating inner and outer 'flaps'. Discussion of decorative endpaper; inner and outer hinges; importance and use of 'single-bevel' knives.
09 TISSUE I
Beginning a demonstration of final cleaning, assessment, tissue reinforcement and guarding of individual signatures using a common household iron.
10 TISSUE-II [6 m.]
Continuing a demonstration of tissue reinforcement and guarding of individual signatures using a common household iron; treatment of 'dogears'.
11 TISSUE III [24 m.]
Continuation of a demonstration of tissue reinforcement and guarding of individual signatures using a common household iron.
12 SEWING I [17 m.]
Discussion of sewing with cloth tapes. Demonstration of creating needle holes in signatures in preparation of sewing
13 SEWING II [30 m.]
Initial discussion and demonstration of signature sewing; sewing thread; patterns for redundancy.
14 SEWING III [27 m.]
Discussion and demonstration of resewing restored signatures: redundancy; starting first two signatures; introduce cloth tapes into established early sewing;
15 BACKING [22 m.]
Demonstration of rounding and backing the restored and resewn text-block in preparation for attaching the boards and beginning the respining.
16 RESPINE [23 M.]
Demonstration of creating a new cloth spine (hollow-back) for the fully restored leather book.
17 RESPINE II [14 m.]
Inserting prepared fly-leaves under flaps inside previously attached boards.
18 RESPINE III [14 m.]
Brief discussion of cleaning the original spine. Attaching the original spine.
19 RESPINE IV [8 m.]
Adhering inner flaps.
20 RESPINE V [5 m.]
Adhering outer flaps.
22 LEATHER DRESSING [12 m.]
General discussion on the use of leather dressing on old leather.
Michael Keller - Bookbinder http://www.kwic.com/~bkeller/binding/