This week at The Book Hut

This week has been a hive of activity and productivity at the book hut, with lots of new projects coming in and a substantial amount of tools and other treats completed and ready for the Etsy store.

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The projects coming in have been a selection of spine removals, tape removal, rehousing, rebacking and a full fine binding for an author based locally, which is going to be a great project get going on – so good stuff all around!

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These lifting tools have been made from old hacksaw blades and are extremely useful for getting under spine pieces, end papers and for tape removal. At the moment, I am investigating the limitations of listing knives (or prison shanks, as one of the other hutters renamed them…) on Etsy, as I suspect there are numerous restrictions on selling weapons online! If you would like one before I have sorted this out, please email me – they are £15.00 each, plus P&P.

Also on the agenda were tin can organisers made from coca cola cans and the like – If you haven’t seen them before, they are the same size as mini Filofaxes and can be refilled. All available on Etsy!

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I also finally managed to get my little pamphlet bindings folded and in the press, they’ll be ready for trimming and sewing next week – watch this space for completed ones!

Phew! Busy week – don’t mention the map, it’s my nemesis.

Rediscovering the fountain pen (and other favourites)

I recently hit a big landmark birthday (sigh… the wrinkles are coming), and, being blessed with the love of The Man, who knows me so well, I got one of the best presents ever – a brand new Montblanc fountain pen! A thing of pure exquisite beauty. So whilst enjoying the delights of my newest pen, I started to reminiss about the other pens I have loved in the past, and had a rummage in my stationery cupboard to find said pens! And, after a thorough clean, I have got most of them working, with the exception of one – so here they are!

Black Parker pen with 14K nib and black ink

Red Parker pen with blue ink

Montblanc Meisterstuck with with 14K nib and green ink

Blue Sheaffer pen with turquoise ink

Silver Waterman pen with blue ink

Waterman nib in pieces – how sad!
fILOFAX pen for Mini and Pocket organisers

Yard-O-Lead pencil in rolled gold

Sheaffer biro in electroplated gold

Pencil, made in Japan

Very thick pencil, made in Japan

uni POSCA thick pen with light blue ink

Despite all these wonderful pens, my handwriting and spelling is still embarrassingly horrendous – so apologies if you can’t read any of it!

What’s your favourite type of pen?

More new tools!

It was my birthday recently, and along with a beautiful fountain pen from The Man (which I LOVE), I also got this beast from my lovely folks! This is sure to make my diary manufacture a breeze!

The Beast – I might name it that!
Turns this….
…into this…
…and therefore this!

Aren’t I the lucky one!

The pH of Filofax Paper

Well today I sidetracked a little from my Essay book, to do some pH testing on Filofax paper. I had discussed this briefly with Steve from Philofaxy, and decided to try both the cotton cream paper and white paper. For accurate testing, I sampled five sheets of each and am showing my results below.

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Cotton Cream
1: 7.6
2: 8.1
3: 7.9
4: 7.7
5: 8.1
Average: 7.9

White Paper
1: 7.2
2: 7.5
3: 7.2
4: 7.0
5: 7.3
Average: 7.2

So in conclusion, both papers are very close to pH neutral which is encouraging. The Cotton Cream is a little more alkali at 7.9 than the white paper.

Neither of them are verging on the acidic side which is good, and the white paper I have used is from 2003, so it has kept acid free for a substantial amount of time.

All in all – very encouraging!

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Preparing for the Duck Pond Market

Well today has been a very busy day in my newly set up studio – with the Duck Pond Market coming up on Sunday, I have been preparing for the fair – stocking up my books, making more stationery and business cards. I’ve a little way to go to finish some bits and pieces, but I’m nearly there!

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Doing a stock take of inserts! Don’t they look pretty!

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New coptic bound books, these were made soooo much easier by having the board chopper accessible!

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Books in the press with new handmade pressing boards (thanks to my wonderful father!)

All looking good so far!