Guild of Book Workers – Standards Seminar 2011
Last week I attended the Guild of Book Workers‘ Seminar on Standards of Excellence in Hand Bookbinding.
It was both inspiring and intimidating.
Don’t get me wrong – I had a wonderful time. I did, however, often wonder how exactly I ended up at the grown ups table.
For now, I’ll just focus on the goodies. Oh yes, there was lots of shopping going on.
The first stop was Akkra. In a nutshell, these nice folks specialize in tools that don’t stick. I started off by purchasing two teflon burnishers – I’m looking forward to trying out these new shapes.
Then I picked up a teflon-coated spatula set. I’m not a big fan of picking glue boogers off of my tools.
The last purchase was a tweezer set. I’m really digging the soldering tweezers (the pair at the bottom of the image).
Next was a purchase from Colophon Book Arts Supply. I am now the proud owner of an 18″ Incra Precision T-Rule – I’ve been dying to get one of these since I attended the Focus on Book Arts conference earlier this year.
…and the other is for Text Libris and Text Lifil.
The last thing I bought from Hiromi was some awesome apple papyrus from Germany. It’s a lot thinner and lighter than you’d expect. I have no idea what I’m going to do with it.
The book is an instruction manual on bookbinding, presented in a sketchbook format – the sketches are so lovely! Techniques range from pamphlet stitch to the Armenian binding.
Last, but certainly not least, was the wonderful marbled paper from Chena River Marblers. I’ll be using these on a series of coptic journals, making their debut (hopefully) at my next craft show.
I hope you’ve enjoyed my tour of what emptied my wallet. Anyone want to help me put it away?