June 2016 will see the return of the Worthing Artists Open Houses to our seaside town. As a craftsperson, I have previously enjoyed the increased members of the public coming to say hello at The Book Hut, but never directly taken part. This year, however, I will be much more involved, with two projects on display and a workshop at the Worthing Library, it’s all go at this end. The first, and key project, is that which is introduced here – Treasure Island – a fine binding of my own creating, that will be on display at StudioFreer in June. It is the first fine binding I have made for approximately four years, and the very first which will be available to buy.
- Initially the cover was removed from the binding and kept for future use in the design process.
- The textblock was then placed in the press and the spine lining and adhesive (animal glue) was removed manually with a spatular, having been previously softened with a wheat starch paste poultice.
- The sections were then cleaned individually and put in the press for flattening.
- The outer folio of each section was then guarded at the spine with a 12gsm tengujo tissue to reinforce them, and placed back in the press.
- Made endpapers were created using gold leaf and paint and sewn along with the textblock.
- Following pressing, it was sewn onto three tapes.
- All three edges were paired and gilded in gold leaf.
- Endbands were sewn in gold and black silk.
- The spine was lined with fray not and manilla.
- The boards were laced in and covered in a smooth cartridge paper and sanded.
- The binding was then covered in a light green goatskin.
- The cover decoration consisted of the first chapter of the book blind tooled onto the cover, and the title brought out in gold leaf.