Make Books and Boxes with Even Greater Ease
Welcome to the second post in my series of Japanese bookbinding book reviews. If you missed the first post, you can read it here.
Title: Make Books and Boxes with Even Greater Ease
Author: Yo Yamazaki
Publisher: Bunka Publishing Bureau
Year published: 2008
Paperback: 99 pages
Yo Yamazaki was born in Tokyo in 1962. He graduated from the Tokyo University of the Arts and had his first solo exhibition in 2000.
He is also the author of another book titled Handmade Bookbinding, which was written in 2006 (it’s a different book).
This book reads left-to-right.
Pages 8-41 of the book are dedicated to images of Yamazaki’s handmade books. He used corrugated cardboard in a number of his books, which I found really interesting. He also wrote notes to accompany each book, but I’m not sure of the content. There are no measurements included in the notes.
Click on the images below to enlarge them:
Pages 42-45 cover ways to add a title to the cover of your book, including use of gold tooling. Pages 46-47 cover basic bookbinding tools and materials.
Page 48 identifies the parts of a book. Pages 49-52 cover bookbinding techniques, including what appears to be tips on using jigs.
Page 53 includes resources for bookbinding supplies, leather, and paper.
Pages 54-99 include step-by-step instructions on how to create the books featured in the front of the book. There are no photos in this section, but there are really detailed diagrams. Measurements are given in millimeters.
Overall impressions: I loved the handmade books included in this book. The main reason I bought all of these Japanese books was because I was tired of seeing the same types of book projects. This book gave me what I wanted – a different perspective. Yamazaki uses familiar materials in innovative ways – I don’t think I’ve ever seen corrugated cardboard used this manner. I was really inspired.
Each of the featured books has accompanying project directions. The process illustrations are great and in particular, the stitching diagrams are clear and easy to follow. As I mentioned in my last post, you can use an online conversion calculator to get the non-metric equivalents for each of the projects in the book.
Be advised that this book is not for a beginner. There are many sewn bindings and you’d be at a disadvantage without directions in English. Those with a basic knowledge of bookbinding technique will get more out of it. Of course, if you’re just looking for inspiration, then you’ll get that from the images.
If you’re interested in buying your own copy, you can get it from the following online shops:
You can get more information about the bindings in his book by visiting Yamazaki’s website. He has a series of photos that show some of his process. If you click on any of the photos, you’ll get a drop-down with more details.
No surprise, the details are in Japanese. You can use an online translator like Google Translate to help you read it, but then you’ll get fun stuff like this:
One pass was scooped up in the thread has been stuck in place by tape, and I like a pattern. In this image I have scooped from the bottom, “changed the way! … More freedom in the scoop from the top. It could be that way, our way With one sewing-frame itself, I think whether it’s from the slightly more comfortable.
Babel Fish wasn’t much better. If you know of a good online translator, please let me know.