Month: September 2019

hand binding a pocket 1733 New Testament: part seven

We’re still working on Tim Iten’s New Testament. These photos were taken while we were tooling or decorating the leather on the New Testament.  There is one photo of top and then three videos that we made during this process.  I hope that you especially enjoy the videos.  

 

hand binding a pocket 1733 New Testament: part six

We continue to be working on Tim Iten’s 1733 pocket size New Testament.  These photos were taken while we were putting the leather on his book.  We went ahead after getting his leather on and completed putting his marbled end paper in and attaching our book ticket on the back page.  See the photos below.

 

BIBLE FOR THE ILLITERATE

Abigail Shelly, aka Alice Walker, uses one of our Hieroglyphick Bibles to tell people about Jesus as she reenacts.  This is an excellent way to use the “Children’s Hieroglyphick Bible” or as it is often called the “BIBLE FOR THE ILLITERATE”. 

If you would like to purchase one for yourself, let us know and we will make you one.  To learn how it took two originals to make this one replica and to see each page of this book and to see how we hand bind them using antique tools and period techniques, click the following link:

 

http://18thcenturybibles.org/hieroglyphick-bible-for-children/

hand binding a pocket 1733 New Testament: part five

We’re still working on Tim Iten’s New Testament.  These photos were taken while we were sewing the endbands onto his text block.  After we got them stitched, we glued 80lb laid paper onto them.  This helps support the endbands.  The photos below were taken during this process. 

 

 

hand binding a pocket 1733 New Testament: part four

We’re still working on Tim Iten’s New Testament.  These photos were taken while we were ploughing his book with our brand new book plough.  It had to have a couple of modification before it worked well.  The photos below were taken during the process. Don’t miss the 13 second video at the bottom of this blog.  

 

 

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Just a Journeyman Binder of Books

Just a Journeyman Binder of Books

 

Working from town to town

A craftsman old, of an ancient guild

With graying hair and wrinkled frown.

 

He binds the books in leather and cloth,

Tools them in letters of gold

Some printed thoughts that come to naught,

Others of priceless mould.

 

Once in a while he’ll glance inside

And note what lies within

Gleaning a little from such aside

Of wisdom, knowledge, and sin.

 

Sage and philosopher, braggart and knave

Spill out their thoughts in a wordy pool,

The Journeyman binder sees them all

And absorbs a little from saint and fool.

 

He compares their words with what he’s seen

Of mountain, plain and seaport’s view,

The way his fellow men behave

In the marts of trade and home life too.

 

He takes his tools and hits the road

For another job — more books to bind,

Seldom knowing when night comes on

What resting place his head will find.

 

Just a Journeyman Binder of Books

As all in the trade may see,

If we could know why he wanders so

His life a book would be.

 

By Eric Widdas, International Brotherhood of Bookbinders Local No. 11, Miami, Florida.