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Flat Back Notebooks

Flat back notebooks are a practical and hard wearing staple at Camel Winter. Each book is hand bound using traditional methods and high quality materials to ensure that your book lasts whilst being a unique and individual object. 

A Flat Back notebook is a book with a flat spine, they won't be as hard wearing as a rounded and backed book but for everyday note taking or sketching they are the perfect comtemporary solution. 

 A finished Camel Winter Notebook

A finished Camel Winter Notebook

The process of making each flat back notebook begins with the folding of the sheets of paper that will form the pages of the book. A set of folded pages is known as a section, or signature. Once the sections are folded they are pressed for a day to compress the sections in the textblock ready for marking up and sewing.  

Once the sections are pressed they can be knocked up and marked ready for sewing. The textblock (a collection of sections) is placed between working boards which have a series of sewing stations marked on them and placed in a finishing press ready to be sewn. 

 A textblock marked up ready for sewing

A textblock marked up ready for sewing

After marking up the textblock is removed from the press and a length of linen thread is waxed ready for sewing the textblock. This particular style of book is sewn without tapes or cords and uses an unsupported link stitch which forms an attractive crisscross pattern up the spine of the book whilst providing good support to the spine and book once it is fully bound. 

 A set of textblocks sewn and ready for endpapers and linings.   

A set of textblocks sewn and ready for endpapers and linings.   

Text block sewn up, the book is then ready for the endpapers to be tipped on and a series of linings applied to hold the book together and support the book when it's finished, and ready to be used by its new owner. The first lining is a thin layer of bookbinders PVA which is worked in between the sections, the second lining is a strip of mull fabric and the third and final lining is a piece of Kraft paper which is cut to fit each book individually. At this point the textblock is complete and ready for "casing in", the act of making and covering a cover ready to be attached to the textblock and complete the binding. Books can also be made "in boards" where the covers are attached to the textblock as part of the construction and is generally thought to be a stronger bond and a harder wearing book. 

 Custom Camel Winter Endpapers with integral Ex Libris

Custom Camel Winter Endpapers with integral Ex Libris

The cover is made from 3 pieces of Greyboard individually cut to the specific size and fit of each book. The covers in this case are 1/2 bound with bookcloth, but could be 1/4, 3/4 or fully bound in cloth, each also features individually handmarbled Camel Winter cover papers with a design printed on each cover. the cover is attached to the textblock by the endpapers which are pasted out and applied to the inside boards of the cover. The book is then finished and ready to be used.

 4 Camel Winter Flat Back Notebooks finished and ready for their new homes.  

4 Camel Winter Flat Back Notebooks finished and ready for their new homes.