Bookbinding, Book Repair and Conservation References and Resources
Still locked down, new to binding, just need some helpful hints. There is a lot of them on the web and here are a few we have put together.
DAS Bookbinding - YouTube
Web Sites, Newsletter & Publications:
J Hewitt & Sons Ltd – Skin deep
The Bone Folder – an e-journal for the bookbinder and book artist
University of Illinois’ - Library
Preservation and conservation section
Dartmouth College – College Library
Has simple book repair manual available
Eden Workshops – A Bookbinders Resource
book binding equipment, learn bookbinding at home, etc and online tutorials on – silver book clasps, paper making, gilding, single section binding, paste papers, cloth & leather corners, how to make parchment paper & imitation vellum, sewing frame plans, grain direction, booklet sewing, antique finishes to gold leaf.
The Abby Newsletter
Preservation library and archival materials
The Alkaline Paper Advocate – pre Abby Newsletter publication
Book_Arts-L - based at Syracuse University
Tutorials & Reference
Publishers’ Bindings Online – University of Alabama Libraries
Search the collection, teaching tools, research tools
The Denis Gouey Bookbinding Studio
Bookbinding.com is a site dedicated to book binding. Our aim is to help you understand what book binding is by answering the many questions you may have, with examples and text written on the art of binding books.
If you are looking for how-to links, Practical Bookbinding or Bookbinding for Amateurs are a good start, with great tips for hobby and professional bookbinders alike. Useful for Grade School Teachers, Paper and Cardboard Construction, and for the aspiring designer, An Essay on Color.
Diderot pages on Bookbinding will help you with the equipment necessary for the trade, specially if you wish to build your own presses, sewing frames, cutting plows etc.
Museum boxes are an important part of bookbinding and preservation, so I prepared a step by step tutorial on the process. Sometimes some skills cross over from trade to trade. It's in this spirit that I have published a rare work on Gilding and Bronzing picture frames, where you will find pointers on this topic. Also has a complete list of our publications.
Oak Knoll Press and Oak Knoll Books
Welcome to the Oak Knoll website, home of Oak Knoll Press, publisher, and Oak Knoll Books, rare and out-of print bookseller. Our database contains the world's largest inventory of books about books and bibliography. (papermaking, book collecting, bookbinding, etc)
Library of Congress Preservation Directorate
EBook: Boxes for the protection of books: Their design and construction
The Art of the Book
Anything and everything related to the book, including, but not limited to, online book exhibits, journals, tutorials, materials and tool resources, paper arts, typography, art that fits in books, announcements of competitions, blogs ....
Centre for the history of the book
Part of the University of Edinburgh
Tom Cole – director of the Centre –
Adventist Youth Honors Answer Book/Vocational/Bookbinding
From Wikibooks, the open-content textbooks collection. References - Wikipedia Article on Bookbinding, How to make a simple hardcover book, The Art of Bookbinding 1897 online, Bookbinding and the Care of books 1902, glossary of book terms, Bookbinding and the Conservation of books, A Dictionary of Descriptive Terminology, Bookbinding for Beginners
Wiki How - the how to manual that you can edit
American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works
Book Conservation and Paper Conservation catalogues
Bookbinding and the Conservation of books
A Dictionary of Descriptive Terminology
Conservation on line Resources for Conservation Professionals
Cleaning books, bar codes, book sizes, ISBN, book glossary, book conditions, common abbreviations
The goal of the bookweb is to encourage you, dear reader, to become a better binder. I believe that, as a craft, bookbinding requires one to practice to achieve mastery. I know many people who take binding classes from time to time, but who don't get the kind of intensive, repetitive practice that drives them up the learning curve. There are various obstacles to binding outside of a course: lack of equipment, lack of money, lack of information and instruction, lack of confidence, lack of space, lack of time. I can't help you with the lack of time; with two small children and a job, all I can do is sympathise. But I hope that the tips, descriptions, reviews, and confessions of error on this site can help you remove whatever other obstacles you have and get you binding. Tools and equipment, specific techniques, bindings, book reviews, useful links and a gallery of works
Cynthia and Hugh's Home Page
From the front page scroll down and click on the ‘Bookbinding’ tag. This will take you a series of pages starting with Binding books, at the bottom of this page are a series of links to ‘Procedures’ including typesetting and printing; folding; sewing; gluing the book block; trimming; attach the cover boards; apply the cover; lining the boards; finishing. Each of these links has text and graphics of the steps involved in the process, the steps are all linked so that you can go back and forward between the stages of the process. The site also has a list of ‘References’ and a ‘Bibliography’.
Amazing listing for this suppler of Adhesives, Archival Storage, Bookbinding Tools & Supplies, Books, Chemicals & Deacidification, Cleaners and Polishers, Environmental Controls, Instruments & Measures, Fabrics & Textiles, Fasteners & Hardware, Films & Non-Wovens, Gilding & Finishing Materials, Hot Stamping Machines & Tools, Leathers, Vellums & Parchment, Pigments, Paints, Dyes & Inks, Safety & Laboratory Supplies, Sample Books, Specials & New Products, Tissues, Papers & Boards, Tools & Brushes, excellent alphabetical search as well as Browse All Products or By Category and has a Downloadable catalogue.
Also available a series of ‘kits & supplier for everyone’, these are a series of pre packaged kits for: book repair, finishing tool set, TALAS repair tool kit. Also of interest are three sample books of binder’s boards - Davey, Eterno and Heritage.
The E. Lingle Craig Preservation Laboratory Repair and Enclosure Treatment Manual
The purpose of this manual is to document the repair and enclosure treatments commonly performed in the Conservation unit serving the circulating collections of the Indiana University Libraries at the Bloomington campus. The idea for this manual originally came from Karissa Tatman, who created the first model for a manual of this type while serving an internship here. Karissa later became a full-time conservation technician in our department.
Bookbinding search –
Book repair search -
Book conservation search -
Tutorial on making a book
My Handbound Books – Bookbinding Blog
Book measurements and sizes info
Tips from the bookbinders bench
One of a series of excellent bookbinding DVD tutorials available from http://www.edenworkshops.com.
MAY BE OF INTEREST
Folded Book Art
Make your own equipment
A Simple Bookbinder's Laying Press and Plough
A simple finishing press
A Simple Cutting Jig
For perfect bindings
The minimal bindery requirements:
How to Make a Simple Hardcover Book.
Three Basic Book Repair Procedures - 1
Brian Sawyer site
Bindery in a box
A quick search of instructions on ‘how to….’ Will bring up a large number of links.
Hand sewing series of tutorials – not in English
New additions to the listing:
Australian Institute for the conservation of cultural materials
The AICCm is a professional organization for conservation in Australia.
State Library of Queensland
A good source of local information, services and materials.
National Library of Australia
The pre-eminent source for the documentary records of Australia.
The Society of Bookbinders
A UK based educational charity dedicated to traditional and contemporary bookbinding and the preservation and conservation of the printed and written word
Bibliographical Society London (UK)
A leading learned society dealing with the study of the book and its history – founded in 1892.
Guild of Book Workers (USA)
A non-profit organization for all the book arts founded in 1906.
Designer Bookbinders (UK)
The principle bookbinding society in Great Britain and one of the foremost in the world. It is devoted to the maintenance and improvement of standards of design and craft in hand bookbinding by means of exhibitions, teaching and publications.
An online information service.
Dictionary of Descriptive Terminology
Bookbinders chronicle channel
U-tube on boxes
Slip case – 4 part clip on process
Corrugated clam shell