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BOOKBINDING

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HOW  A  BOOK  IS  MADE

Ours is an age where few books receive traditional hard-cover bindings. Even the books that are “hard-cover” on bookstore shelves are usually poorly crafted machine produced bindings that are made to last through one or two readings rather than generations. Traditional book binding employs high quality materials plus time honored tools and techniques to create books with lasting beauty.

Specialists around the world make materials in traditional ways specifically to meet a book’s needs for resilience and elegance. Mulberry, Kozo, linen, and silk are favored for their strength and flexibility. Archival papers and museum quality adhesives resist premature aging and provide lasting support.

The process of hand binding includes: pressing the text pages of a book in groups of "signatures:" sewing these signatures of pages through the fold to form a spine; rounding and lining the spine; creating a hard cover case and covering that with decorative book cloth and paper; and casing the text block into the cover. At each step, adhesives and tools work together to help the materials integrate with one another, producing a unity which supports the longevity of the book.