This site is dedicated to bookbinding.
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Museum boxes are a very large part of modern bookbinding, for several reason. There are used for preserving books of all periods, modern first editions or codices. I prepared a short tutorial on fabricating Museum Book Boxes, There are many ways to build a box, one can cut the elements of the trays and assemble them prior to covering but I prefer the “belting” method where the trays are assembled as the cloth is applied, thus eliminating several steps in a near fail proof method (Murphy’s law not taken in consideration..).
If you are looking for useful how-to links, Practical Book Binding or for Amateurs are a good start, with useful tips for hobby and professional bookbinders alike. Useful for Grade School Teachers, Paper and cardboard constructions and for the aspiring designer, An Essay on Color.
The Diderot pages will help you with the equipment necessary for the trade, specially if you wish to build your own presses, sewing frames, cutting plows etc.
Museum boxes are an important part of bookbinding and preservation, so I prepared a step by step tutorial on the process. Sometimes some skills cross over from trade to trade. It’s in this spirit that I have published a rare work on Gilding and Bronzing picture frames, where you will find pointers on this topic.
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The bookbinder stain glass picture at the top of the page is after a woodblock by Jost Amman. Like me, Jobst Amman was an expatriate. Of Swiss birth, born at Zurich in 1539. His earliest known work is dated 1557 and was executed at Basle. In 1561 he moved to Nuremberg. Virgil Solis, the chief artist who worked for the busy publishing firm of Feyerabend, died, and Amman succeeded him. He soon became the most popular artist in Germany with a prolific output.
I sincerely hope that you will find this web site useful for the links leading to the many facets of the trade. Oh, yes, I forgot, people love to pin us on Pinterest as you can see here
The old site is still here, but it will not be updated and in the process of been phased out.