The March meeting discussion and demonstration was on the use of gold blocking machines to provide the finishing touches to a book.
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Here is another tip on binding from the UK, thanks to Brian.
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As with many crafts, it is the little things that make the difference. There are often aspects of a craft that the beginner overlooks that the professional does out of habit.
As ironic as it may sound, one of the best sources of good ideas and techniques is in the many books on bookbinding.
When stitching book sections together it is not uncommon to have a piece of thread that is too short to complete the job. If this is the case, then you need to join another length to the first.
The February meeting saw a good turnout and a range of books that had either been bound, or were ready for re-binding.
We were taken by the Conservator to the archival area and then to a room where several old, rare and or precious books were set out for our viewing.
The January meeting had member David Millhouse demonstrate to all how to pare leather. (This is also known as skiving leather).
The National Historic Machinery Association’s bi-annual machinery rally was held in Western Australia for the first time in a very long time. This was in August of 2011.