Another family bible. This one is special; it belongs to my little brother. I was keen to get it ready for delivering in person when I visited recently. It's text block was in good shape - just the brass furniture on the outside coming loose, and the brackets bent out of shape (happens a lot), … Continue reading A special bible
Sago on Tuesdays bindery Book Care workshop Where: Ballarat Mechanics Institute, 117 Sturt St., Ballarat When: 4 sessions available - May 27 (11am, 2pm), May 28 (11am, 2pm) What: How to clean, protect and archive books you love. How: Book HERE at Trybooking to secure a place Cost: $40 for the tool kit you can … Continue reading Ballarat Heritage Weekend
Many of the notebooks, recipebooks, fieldbooks, diaries, weather journals, flight logs, memoirs, scrapbooks, sketchbooks and albums I repair were never intended by the author to last beyond their lifetime. Perhaps the expense folks outlay to repair, conserve and protect them might even horrify the owner that their mess, musings and written debris are attracting so … Continue reading NOTES THAT LAST
I've had more family bible repair work this year than ever before. Is it because of the age of these books and their structural weaknesses that they are all breaking down about now? Perhaps it is that the transience of modern life makes us more attracted to the tactile bridge they provide to our heritage. … Continue reading Bible season.
Come into the Sago bindery on Saturdays and you can find ...PaperPlay kits(that I make to give me a rest my high-stakes work) Premium Papers(from Zetta Florence and Japanese Paper Place)Lorikeet lovelies(the bindery is now stocking these gorgeous fabric treats) Bookbinding staples(because i am swimming in more than I need here)there are also bits n bobs, paper, … Continue reading OPEN BINDERY – what can you find ?
With gentle, persistent pressure from customers,the Sago bindery is now open on Saturdays, Oct-Apr.For consultations on book repair, commissions, sales,and general socialization of a bookbinder who doesn't get out much. 😁🙄😉👍🏻 Stay tuned for the next post, to see what you can find...#sagoontuesdays #raretrades #openbindery #boookbinding
This repair is to a personal WW2 photo album. PST (sticky tape) of all varieties and ages, original endpapers glued over with multiple envelopes (using an old mystery glue combo), disintegrating cloth hinge patch, separating boards, collapsed spine, stains, old glassine (affectionately known in the bindery as 'yellowing, moist, acidic, transparent sheets of doom'), and … Continue reading Nuts and Bolts – the repair of a precious wartime album.
No, I haven't dropped off the planet, or started a cult - just crazy-hectic here with repair work that frankly should have been finished by the end of June! Most of my work this last few months have been from private collections that aren't for sharing, so sorry to those folks who are starving … Continue reading Repairs, repairs, repairs and more repairs
LIKE THE IDEA OF PAPER MARBLING but don't have the space, the skills or the stuff? Here is a great workshop with a bonza bloke who knows all about it and can lead you through a day of marbling like a ninja.Paper, Ink and laughs, in Gordon, Victoria.Get in quick. Places fill mighty fast.
This is extraordinary - you must check it out. Click on the picture and go to the article written for the Book and Paper Gathering.I first saw a picture of this book when Dominic Riley came to Australia and showed us a slideshow on his laptop of books that have influenced his journey in bookbinding … Continue reading Book of soles – my lesson in provenance