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Library Style Binding

The Library Style binding was designed to be hard wearing and suitable for constant use in a library funnily enough. Its a solid and uncompromising style of book that traditionally uses buckram, a waterproof and hardwearing type of book cloth. It's major feature is that it's cover boards are attached to the book via a flange that is inserted between each cover board to create a very strong attachment at the joint. 

The flange on the text block, made from the waste paper of the endpapers and the tapes that go across the spine.

The flange on the text block, made from the waste paper of the endpapers and the tapes that go across the spine.

For my Library binding I decided that I wanted to make a sketchbook that would be suitable for recording ideas, notes and projects that I was working on in the studio. I wanted a no thrills binding and something that was fairly utilitarian, so I went with black buckram and decided to add a flash of colour (anyone who knows me well, knows that I like the odd bright colour now and then)

Cover boards attached to the text block.

Cover boards attached to the text block.

Endband sewn on a leather core

Endband sewn on a leather core

I have recently started to sew traditional hand sewn end bands on some of my bindings, they not only look attractive, but unlike modern stuck on end bands add strength to the binding. Through the secondary sewing that attaches them to the head and tail of a book.

For this binding I also decided to add some page makers as I often want to be able to jump between sections of my notebooks and journals

For this binding I also decided to add some page makers as I often want to be able to jump between sections of my notebooks and journals

The completed binding with elasticated strap and buckram covering.

The completed binding with elasticated strap and buckram covering.

Notebook, Camelwinter, Camel winter, Handbound, A6, Books, sewn boards binding

Sewn Boards Binding

The sewn boards binding was originally created by Gary Frost as a conservation binding, it works in a very similar way to a medieval binding in that the text block is sewn on to the cover boards as part of the binding process. They will also open entirely flat which makes them great as sketchbooks or photo books, their construction also opens up a range of possibilities in their aesthetic, as you fill out the boards in layers to make them the thickness you would like for the final binding. 

Text Block sewn with cover boards attached at each end of the book.

Text Block sewn with cover boards attached at each end of the book.

Edge detail of a sewn boards binding showing the red fill of the cover boards.

Edge detail of a sewn boards binding showing the red fill of the cover boards.

Two Completed sewn boards bindings.

Two Completed sewn boards bindings.

The sewn boards binding is incredibly versatile style of book and one that I have been using a lot in recent client work.