Saturday, May 11, 2019

Gold Tooling

Just to maintain the momentum of keeping up with my blog before my attention completely goes back to what's on my workbench, I took some pictures of my recent works to share with you guys.

A few years ago, I had developed a strange physical condition that made my hands shake out of the blue, which prevented me from doing intricate works like gold gilt/tooling. But it has gotten better and I haven't had the symptom little over a year.

So now I've been able to tool without a fear of unpredictable sudden shakes that would ruin hours worth of the entire job; the tooling is done at the end of binding process. Here are a couple of books I finished recently. Both are facsimile bindings based on the original.

This is a two volume set of Breton's China, four volumes bound into two. I forgot to note the publishing date, but it's probably 1813.

This is Travels in the Air by James Glaisher, published in 1871. I neglected to take more "before pictures" of this binding, but the original was exactly the same as my facsimile; A quarter binding with Antique Straight marble.


  1. Stunning... Even though I've seen gold tooling done (on YouTube, naturally), this level of excellence seems impossible. Making sure everything is square and straight (shudder!), and then if, say, the gold doesn't take perfectly with the first impression and you have to go over it again (impossible!).

    I may be in touch with questions about this, too!

    1. Yeah,, you just don't know for sure if the gold is sticking perfectly until you take it off. I normally get it right the first time, but occasionally it does happen... to my Master (!) and I fix it for him. hahaha. But it's not difficult to go over it again, because the impression is already there. All you have to do is to emboss on the same place. Simple. ;-)

  2. Yes! The triumphant re-return of M! (Feasting occurs.)

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