June Meeting Report.
It’s cold in Melbourne these evenings, but it was warm in the meeting room. We had setup for a mini workshop of titling using gold foil, hand letter tools, and type. A small blocking press, with several fonts of type, and Cockerell stove to heat the hand tools, enough to keep us all busy.The setup included practice book spines with leather, swatches with leather and cloth, and a range of small items which are part of the list of tools and materials that are regularly used when making titles.
After a brief introduction, we all set about learning something of the operation of the tools. From the blocking press, leather bookmarks received names. Terry, a new member who attended the basic 101 case binding workshop bought along 4 books he had made since the workshop, to receive the names of his grandchildren, one member bought along a notebook to receive his wife’s name, and another creative book received a title.
In the meantime, down the other end, handle letters were being tried out on test swatches, and test book spines, and some pallets used to make borders. 9pm came around very quickly. And I think we all had a great time being introduced to this part of book binding.