Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Bookbinding 101 Prior to Case Making

Because each of my videos is an individual tutorial of a particular section of bookbinding, some of you might have wondered how they actually line up in order of the process. So, I made the first part of this video to be a brief summary of the videos I've so far created , and gathered them in order. Each short clip is extracted from the name of the video mentioned on top of the each screen. You can find those videos on my channel.

The latter part of this video shows a sewn book's last preparation for case making. A simple task, but it must be done. As for the medieval binding information at the end, I hope you don't put too much thought into it. I just added the rough information there strictly because I showed how to sew Sewn-on cord (medieval sewing) on one of my videos, and I thought the viewers would wonder how it's bound to be a book. It has nothing to do with the next video I'm to make, "basic case making".

The bottom line is, I'm making videos that I’ve named "Bookbinding 101" at this moment, and I don't know how far I can or will go as far as the advancement is concerned. There is only so much I can do in a brief video clip tutorial on YouTube. But let's wait and see what happens. 

NOTE: You do need a backing hammer to back sewn-on cord spine.

I hope this video is useful for some people... Ah,, for some unknown reason, YouTube gave me a nasty trouble with uploading this clip. (!!?) - every time it got to the 95% complete at processing stage after it successfully uploaded the video, it just got stuck there for hours!? and I had to re-upload this again and again.... Boy, I tell you..... it drained the sane sense out of me!

Anyway, you adorable pumpkins in LOVE!!, Please have a wonderful Valentine's Day!! And those of you didn't get a rose...... here are the~****roses<3****~from thankful M.H.R. to you who decided to visit my humble blog.

11 comments:

  1. This is a great video and I love how it's linked to all your others. Thank you for this series - it looks wonderful. I so want to try some of these techniques for myself, as my own case bindings are a little more primitive (though they are quite nice!).
    Thank you!
    I hope you don't mind, but I have included a link to this post on my blog - in the "Tutorials, Makes, Ideas" page, where I keep a list of "clever" posts by others.

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    1. Your welcome. I love your books! The color, texture and design of your books are so adorable!

      And no I don't mind it at all. Thanks for linking my blog to such a wonderful site as yours.

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  2. I've watched your whole series of videos so far and am just in awe. What amazingly beautiful pieces of art..watching yo stitch the headbands, the beauty of what a book (even a blank one) could be, just confirmed my passion for library sciences. Work like this needs to be protected. It also showed me how a little piece of the soul of an artist can be felt by someone like me when lucky enough to come in contact with such amazing objects.

    I cannot wait to watch your video on basic case making!

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    1. :-) Thank you for your kind word. I'm a bit slow in making tutorial videos, so forgive me if the next video doesn't get posted soon.

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  3. I have watched your all videos about bookbinding. I am very grateful to you for your teaching how to bookbinding. I am an amateur and I have started this hobby (actually not a hobby now a passion) in a construction worksite in saharan desert in south africa. In my country (Turkey) our traditional bookbinding is in a very bad situation. Our experienced masters are always looking for students to teach and keeping alive this art. I have to say we don't have enough master book binders too. From old centuries (Ottoman Imperial, Selchuki Imperial even Byzantine Imperial ages) we have a huge collection of hand made books in our libraries. Most of these books about islamic, mathematics, christian culture, physic etc. These books need conservation. There is no enough person for it. I hope, our children will see these books. These days are internet days as you know. This is really sad to see time is changing. I will follow your teachings as much as I can. Thanks again.

    Ali Osman Sahin
    Civil Engineer / Turkey

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    1. Hello Ali,

      Thank you for taking the time to leave me with such a considerate message. I'm glad to hear that my videos are of help to you. Although, there's absolutely no way that I could put all the necessary and precisely detailed teachings of this craft in each short video, I've been pleased with the fact that my initial intention of getting involved in YouTube has turned out to be fulfilled. - I wanted people to know this old tradition is still alive and, and by offering the basic instruction that anyone can follow, I fancied the idea of thousands of people starting to bind books. It's not only your country, but the whole world has lost the majority of true masters over the years. So the situation is the same here, as well. As Turkey has a long prestigious history of bookbinding, my heart aches to hear that the situation of conservation is dire.

      Thank you again for your message. Please let me know if you have any questions about bookbinding.

      Sincerely,
      MHR

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  4. Great video, thank you!

    I'm wondering how you would do this if you used tapes instead of chords? I saw a video somewhere, and the guy pulled the tapes out altogether once he'd rounded everything, but I worried that that wouldn't be a good idea.

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    1. Hello,

      humm, what do you mean by "this"? I don't quite understand your question,, sorry..

      At about 2:20 in this video, it shows how your book should be before getting into case making.

      I don't know how this guy you saw was "binding" his book, but you don't wanna take the tapes off. If you gonna take the tapes out, why would you use them in the first place? That's the question this "guy" should ask himself. :-)

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  5. Great Video!! When will you be making the Casing video?

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    1. Hi Jaron,

      I don't know exactly when I'll have time to make another video, to tell you the truth; I'm just so up to neck in work.. But I seem to be able to afford spare time after X'mas or at the beginning of a year, so I'm guessing the earliest time would be sometimes in January, next year.

      M.H.R.

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    2. Ok, I loved the videos, very infromative and was excited to see the next. I love your work!!

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