The art of creating newly bound books or the repair, conservation and restoration of old books. Books are often created using folded pages, attached to the cover.
Tools of the trade
Bookbinders use a large collection of tools. As well as a selection of hand tools:
A lying and a finishing press. Some presses can be reversed, so they can do both jobs. Sewing frame Plough and blades Bench tub Cutting press Set of backing boards Gliding tool handles Nipping boards Folder Binding needles Sewing key
Book cloths or other covering materials Glues Beeswax Sewing thread Sewing tape
Inspirational in Bookbinding People worth learning a little more about
A friend and neighbour of William Morris, Cobden-Sanderson was a member of the Art Workers Guild and was the founder of the Doves Bindery back in 1893. He also started Doves Press, that was a well known private press in London.