Rub a bonefolder on your face?
I learned how to make books when I was in graduate school – I had a part time job at Paper Source in Cambridge, MA (back when there were only two stores). I worked there with a woman named Martha (can’t remember her last name) who was enrolled in the bookbinding program at the North Bennet Street School [drool].
One day, Martha told me that a good way to take care of your bonefolder was to rub it on your forehead. The oils in your skin would help to condition it. Although I thought it was odd, I had no reason not to believe her. I have engaged in the practice ever since.
Today, for whatever reason, I became obsessed with this practice. I have never heard of anyone else doing it. I decided to do a Google search. The only face-specific method I found was mentioned in an article by Evi Sztajno from the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. Sztajno wrote this article about Sam Green, Washington state’s first poet laureate.
Here is a quote from the article:
At a bookbinding workshop at Seattle Pacific University last week, Green got a twinkle in his eye as he rubbed a bonefolder tool on the side of his nose. That’s the secret to a really clean fold, he told women attending the workshop. “Face oil is the best,” he said, continuing to rub. “Although my wife has a favorite spot in her hair she likes to use.”
He says nose, Martha says forehead. To-may-to, to-mah-to.
So if you’ve heard of others doing the face/bonefolder tango, or if you do it, let me know. We can start a support group.