Crossing the Bench & Life Lately: Gold Tooling and Friends

We've been keeping very busy here at Eidolon House!  We've restored and bound beautiful antiquarian books, have had friends come to visit, and in true Joe and Jill fashion; we've been exploring Texas! 

1876 D&C before and after restoration.

1876 D&C before and after restoration.

A beautiful lithograph from the 1800s of Joseph Smith.  We washed and mended the paper so it will last a long time.

A beautiful lithograph from the 1800s of Joseph Smith.  We washed and mended the paper so it will last a long time.

Rebind of The Seer 1853-1854.

Rebind of The Seer 1853-1854.

Blind Tooling

Blind Tooling

Rebind of The History of the Persecutions.

Rebind of The History of the Persecutions.

Setting up tooling for the rebind of City of the Mormons.

Setting up tooling for the rebind of City of the Mormons.

Rebind of City of the Mormons.

Rebind of City of the Mormons.

Hand embroidered endbands for the rebind of a 1611 King James Bible.

Hand embroidered endbands for the rebind of a 1611 King James Bible.

Replacing warped portions of oak boards; we left as much of the oak boards as we could.

Replacing warped portions of oak boards; we left as much of the oak boards as we could.

The first verse of the first chapter of the 1611 King James Bible.

The first verse of the first chapter of the 1611 King James Bible.

Before and after 1611 King James Bible Rebind.  The book had already been rebound, if you're a bit confused.  Our goal in rebinding the bible was to make sure it was properly preserved and then rebound with a period appropriate binding.  The after should look older. . .

Before and after 1611 King James Bible Rebind.  The book had already been rebound, if you're a bit confused.  Our goal in rebinding the bible was to make sure it was properly preserved and then rebound with a period appropriate binding.  The after should look older. . .

This is a Royal Supralibros on the cover of a 1753 King James Bible.  This bible was personally owned by King George II. 

This is a Royal Supralibros on the cover of a 1753 King James Bible.  This bible was personally owned by King George II. 

Like I said, we've been busy restoring and binding beautiful rare books.  In between all of this restoration, Joe's friend Brannigan and his family stopped in for a visit on their way to California from Kentucky!  My friend Stacey Tyler came to town and stayed for a few days; we had a great time catching up, and taking it easy. 

Bran and Joe at the Rusty Taco.

Bran and Joe at the Rusty Taco.

Me and Stace, on our way to the airport.

Me and Stace, on our way to the airport.

Texas is getting warm, and plants are slowly coming back to life after the winter season:  It's time to explore and admire the beautiful country around us!

The sunsets are pretty killer here!

The sunsets are pretty killer here!

Exploring Northern Texas with Joseph is seriously fun!  We sing, talk about everything, and admire beautiful nature!

Exploring Northern Texas with Joseph is seriously fun!  We sing, talk about everything, and admire beautiful nature!

Blue Bonnets, Texas state flower!  Honestly, in person these are the most beautiful purple. 

Blue Bonnets, Texas state flower!  Honestly, in person these are the most beautiful purple.