CBBAG Bookbinding Course
Getting ready for a bookbinding course on Vancouver Island next week. It's another beginner's course and hopefully my last before I move onto leather paring.
They have actual bookbinding equipment there like a book press. Hopefully the equipment will make all my books look absolutely perfect.
To be truthful though, I've never been in anything that even vaguely represents a book studio. This will help me from looking like a total moron when taking courses in working book studios. See, the course has already paid for itself.
It's quite a bit of planing as I cobble together a transit plan. ( 3 different buses, 1 Sky Train and a ferry). All of this before 10 am.
Should be a huge challenge for someone who usually rolls out of bed about noon.
Arranging accommodation is pricey in a town that seems to have only 4 or 5 hotels.
But I'm certain that once things get started I'll be fine. Stay tuned for more of my adventure this July.
This course is all about the basics. Like here are the basic tools of binding. Makes me realize how little I know.
The spring compass on the far right has already revolutionized my life. Great for scoring picture frames and borders, making picture windows that aren't crooked without endless measuring. Also good for measuring distances between holes. Definitely a must have.
Expect some books with windows. I'm going to use my Vintage tintypes and frame them in the book covers.
There is nothing dainty or demure about using these brushes.
To use wrap your hand around the brush handle and insert into the glue.
Then use it like a toilet plunger to suck up as much paste as possible. It's amazing how much glue that this brush holds.
Then daintily (not) wipe off the edges of the brush.
Then grasping the brush like a 3 year old paste the paper.
This was so hard for me to do as I kept having visions of my melodramatic 11th grade Art teacher screaming, "Cretins, Ctetins! You'll destroy your brushes!".
So far I've been using PVA glue on all my books. Wheat paste is a cheap and easy alternative. I've always been in a panic when pasting, because PVA dries REALLY quickly. It's a real treat to leisurely paste on cover papers; maybe even get a cup of coffee or make a few tweets between pasting and adding covering materials. It also dries to be hard as a rock making Bristol Board or heavy card stock into a hardcover for a book.
I tried straining the paste at home in order to get rid of the lumps. It sucked.
Call me lazy, but the whisk attachment on my Cuisinart Hand Blender makes silky smooth paste.
I was amazed at how many diferent types of starches thereare: Tapioca Starch, Potato Starch, to name a few. I've heard that some Bookbinders use Rice Starch and it works well for them.
I'm thinking there are endless types of things I can do with Wheat Starch paste. I'm using it on soft covers to make firmer covers.
As you can see in these photos where Joan was demonstrating how to cover a frame, scalpels are very useful for cutting wet paper. As in paper with paste on it.
However, trying to find a scalpel in the city is not that easy to do. I've been in a few drug stores where I tried to casually ask if they carry scalpels and have gotten some very weird looks. No one has ever asked me what I want them for. I get the distinct feeling they don't want to know.
But in the country I hear you can get them at Rexall Drugstores.
Unfortunately my flu came back with a vengeance so I wasn't able to attend the Sunday class. But I'm excited to go back over to Sidney, B.C. next weekend and learn more.
Oh, and I learned that you never use cork on the back of a metal ruler or the cut won't be straight. Now instead of flipping my ruler over to cut I'm peeling the cork off all my metal rulers. So simple.
See you next week.
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