Monday, February 27, 2012

The Works of Hesiod, 1635

Last week, I was looking at the shelves where we store books waiting to be restored, thinking what to work on next. This little book in Greek caught my eyes. Something about Greek letters intrigues me. It turned out that the book was on Hesiod's works. I don't know where it was manufactured, but I believe it was printed and bound in England based on the style of the binding, and the publishing date mentioned as 1635. Anyway, the client wanted a brand new leather case with false raised cords on the spine, (instead of simple gold lines. No skiver, either) and custom facsimile leather dyeing. After creating tutorial videos on bookbinding, I've found that a lot of people are interested in sewing headbands. So I posted a picture of a type of sewn headband on this post. This is a conservation style headband, which basically has a single color thread (usually not silk) simply wrapped around a core. Tagging and tying method are the same as other headbanding. 


  1. Beautiful! The dyeing on the leather came out amazing. Did you custom made it for this binding? I'm sure it's a huge chapter, but I'd love to learn more about the process of leather dyeing. Congratulations on your work, makes me sigh with admiration!

    1. Thank you very much for your kind words. Everything we do in the bindery is "custom made" based on what the clients want. It's hard to explain how I dye the leather as each work is different and each hide reacts differently to leather dye and the texture I intend to create. I'll post some pictures of the process when I get a chance.

  2. That would be great, more than I hoped for! Thanks so much!