Nautical Books

The incredible variety of bindings from every culture and historical period presents a problem for the amateur bookbinder. For myself, the pleasure of skillfully binding a book in a style I know is surpassed only by the pleasure of discovering or figuring out a new style. The texts displayed here are my 2014 review, constructed in November and December of that year. They are constructed largely from recycled materials found at Oakland’s Creative Reuse Depot. I intend this set of books to be the start of a tradition every few years in which I will use similar materials and bind one book in each style I know. At this benchmark these were, in order, coptic binding, secret Belgian binding and Japanese stab binding. ┬áThe list grows ever longer.

Compass1 SecretBelgian Japanese3

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