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Wed Jun 19, 2013 5:54 pm
I have never done bookbinding before, but am a very avid reader, and since last year my books have started falling apart (they have often been lent out to friends and family), and I was wondering if it would be possible to rebind them in leather, because I have always had a passion for leather books, however, they are originally paperbacks (the books I am looking to rebind, if anybody is interested is the entire Wheel of Time series, the Sword of Truth series and a collection of theological essays by Friedrich Nietzsche). If somebody could suggest a method and the tools required to do this it would be greatly appreciated. I am also looking to, once they are all bound, to experiment with gilding the titles, however I am not sure how to do that either or the rough cost associated with it.
Thank you for having time to read this,
Tue Jul 02, 2013 4:22 pm
It is definitely possible to rebind paperbacks in leather bindings but I'm afraid the remainder of your question about the methods and tools needed would take a book to explain. There are lots of tutorial on line to show you how and to show you what tools you'll need. Often, if you're handy, you can make a lot of the tools yourself as they can be quite expensive on line.
I'm sorry I can't explain more of the methodology here but it really would take a whole book to do.
Thu Jul 04, 2013 2:57 pm
ok, thank you
could you maybe direct me to some valuable guides on this?
Tue Jul 30, 2013 3:56 am
Yes, the subject of bindng in leather would take a whole book to explain.
There are more books available now on bookbinding than ever before, I am rather out of touch with modern publications. I found the Thames & Hudson Manual of Bookbinding to be comprehensive and quite easy to follow.
Or you could consider getting a DVD tutorial, there are very good ones around.
Not wishing to blow our own trumpet too much, we do supply a DVD by Nick Cowlishaw called Leather Binding which has had good reviews.
Or better still any chance of enrolling on an evening class, now that is a good way to learn.
Sun Aug 11, 2013 2:41 pm
There are also lots of weekend classes around. In what part of ghe world do you live?
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