This book is a thing of beauty. It has a hand-sewn traditional binding. The book is wrapped around the spine with green Italian rayon bookcloth, from Hollander's. The boards are fine-grained thin plywood. The book opens easily and lays flat, and the boards will provide a firm support for writing, or drawing, or doodling, or making things up as you go along.
An original relief print, from a linoleum block which I carved, has been printed on the cover. Added colors have been painted in, by hand, with acrylics and watercolors.
The binding is sewn on linen bands, and reinforced with a linen spine cloth ("super").The edges and corners of the wood have been sanded and slightly rounded. The wood has not been varnished, because I found that I liked it better bare. But it has been stained with MinWax Special Walnut stain, except in the area of the block print. The pages are sewn in snugly -- not with one or two, but with six stitches per signature -- and will not fall out or work loose.
This book is a delight to look at, and to feel in your hands, and will be a delight to use.
THIS BOOK IS MADE TO ORDER. It takes a day or so to make this book, but the ink of the block print needs several days to dry. So I expect to be able to ship it about a week after you order it.
SHIPPING: I ship via USPS Priority Mail, which gets things anywhere in the US in typically two to four days. International orders typically take a week to ten days to reach their destination. This book will be shipped wrapped in brown paper, sandwiched between two pieces of stiff cardboard, inside a padded envelope.
PAGE SIZE: 7 x 11 inches.
NUMBER OF PAGES: 7 signatures, 32 pages each, 224 pages total.
PAPER: Acid-free Strathmore 200 series 50-lb drawing paper.
ENDPAPERS: Acid-free olive green Canson pastel paper.
GLUE: Hollander's archival PVA book adhesive.
THREAD: Dental floss -- archival and tough.
WOOD: Fine-grained strong thin "doorskin" plywood.
WOOD STAIN: Minwax Special Walnut wood stain.
COVER ART: Original linocut, printed with Daniel Smith Traditional Traditional Burnt Umber relief ink. Colored with acrylics and watercolors.
BINDING CLOTH: Fine woven Belgian linen.
BOOK COVER CLOTH: Red Italian fine woven rayon book cloth, from Hollander's.
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