Worktable Wednesday

I can’t say that much happened in the studio today because I still haven’t finished unpacking from my recent trip to the Focus on Book Arts conference.

Messy studio worktable

I think my table is under there somewhere…

Since I have to unpack, I figured that now would be a good time to show you the awesome goodies I bought while I was away. Almost everything I bought was from Colophon Book Arts Supply.

Nancy Morains, Colophon’s owner, had a basket of hand painted linen thread by Kinglet Cottage Designs. This stuff is so beautiful! I must have studied those skeins for at least 10 minutes before finally settling on 8 different varieties.

Hand painted linen thread by Kinglet Cottage Designs

I bought two Anza glue brushes, which are great because each has a built-in brush rest/cup hanger thingie. No more rolling brushes! A friend of mine has some of these and in the past I’ve experienced brush covet – I covet no more!

Glue brushes

I got a 1/4″ steel rule, even though I already have a 1/4″ brass rule. Apparently the steel is more durable. The microspatula is different from the one I already have – this one has a squared-off end, which has already proven useful for scraping PVA out of tight spots.

1/4" steel rule, micro spatula, bone folder

The bone folder was a total impulse purchase (sorry for the glare). I wasn’t in the market for one, but I picked it up because I liked the shape. It felt as though it had been shaped for my hand and no one else’s. Unfortunately, I don’t know what kind of bone it’s made from.

I seriously, super-love Duo bookcloth. I bought 1/2 yard pieces of 8 different colors. I just want to eat them.

Duo bookcloth

Top row, left to right: Chili, Laguna, Sunshine, Nile
Bottom row, left to right: Barley, Henna, Berry, Cinnamon

I have a Duo sample book that I got from Bamberger Kaliko and I like their color names better, so I’m going to do that again:

Top row, left to right: Peperoni, Libelle, Sonnengelb, Fango
Bottom row, left to right: Herbstlaub, Klinker, Traube, Abendrot

I bought 2 packages of black photo turn mounts at the Accidental BookMaker (a.k.a. Green Heron Book Arts). I’m not really sure what I’m going to do with them, but they seem like a good thing to have around.

Last, but not least, is the book that I won in the scholarship raffle.

The Colophon: A Quarterly for Bookmen

I haven’t read it yet and I know a whole lot of nothing about it. All I can say is that it was an old book in a raffle and I wanted it. Intriguing-sounding chapters include The American Conchology: A Venture in Backwoods Book Printing and The Pursuit of a First Folio.

If you’re interesting in getting your own copy, there are several available on Amazon.

So what do you think? I'd love to know!

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