My other press

As well as the Arab Platen, here's the real essential bookbinding tool - my cast iron book press. I'm using it as a logo device on my business cards and promotional bookmarks.

Arrival of the Arab

Thought it was time for a change from pictures of my notebooks.
Just been away for 10 days on a business trip to Hong Kong and China visiting printers and binders, mainly of children's books. I'll post some pictures of how books are mass produced by hand later when I've managed to sort through them all but in the meantime got back early Friday morning to find this beauty in my workshop!
It's an early 20th century Arab Platen Letterpress printing machine - a classic of its kind. I'm looking after it for a mate and we're going to hopefully restore it back to full working order so I can print my title pages etc by proper letterpress. Very excited about it but hoping it won't distract me too much from the hand binding. I've got a showcase exhibition coming up at the beginning of March for handmade goods in our town called "Made in Bradford" so I need to finish at least another 15-20 notebooks.

Watch this space.

Ready for action

Nipping press? Check. Guillotine? Check. Incredibly heavy cast iron 19th century board cutter? Check. Laying press, tub and plough? Check. Work surface, knives, glues, bone folders, thread, needles, beeswax, set squares, rulers etc etc? Check. Binding board, bookcloth, decorative papers, mull, kraft, linen tape? Check Looks like Paperwallah's ready to do some serious binding then......