Preparing the spine
Once the trays are done, we must prepare the spine for fashioning the cover. The front and rear boards are cut to size, the spine lining prepared with raised bands and the round spine support routed to fit. The leather is cut and pared, the spine lining mounted on support for stamping and the leather glued to the lining.
Once dry, the spine can be stamped in 22kt gold, with title and author. This is done on a Kwikprint stamping press, modified to always accuratly center the lines.