Crossing the Bench: Rebindings, Restoration, Clamshell Boxes, and Leather Jewelry.

Joseph has been busy rebinding and restoring beautiful books as usual.  We love working on the variety of awesome books our clients collect; everything from dental tracts and family journals, to the usual religious books on theology and such.  

Joseph has made beautiful custom clamshell enclosures lately too!  He's made a couple for 19th C. thumb bibles, and a beautiful copy of a Book of Mormon in the Deseret Alphabet. 

I've been playing around with more leather jewelry designs, and I'm really enjoying it.  I've evaluated all of the projects I've been working lately, and I love all of them:  Making stationary, crocheting, marbling paper, and leather work. I have to say my favorite is marbling paper and crocheting, but leather jewelry is working it's way to the top of my list. 

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Crossing the Bench: Books, Lead Type, & Leather Goods.

The past couple weeks have been crazy busy!  Can I just say when you enjoy what you do for a living, one's quality of life truly improves!  I can't say enough how happy we are working together in our small little apartment studio.  We're not rich; we have a long way to go to meet our career goals regarding this business, but we're loving the journey, and I believe this kind happiness is truly important.

Joseph has been busy restoring old books, and making clamshell boxes!  He even made time to rebind his personal set of scriptures; he's been working on rebinding his scriptures for like six months now.  I'm sure fellow craftsmen experience what I call crafter's remorse:  The feeling of guilt when one works on personal projects.  I'm happy he finished his, because now he's going to rebind mine!

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A friend of ours from Utah emailed us a few weeks ago asking us to make a wallet for her husband's birthday.  We were so excited that she asked us to do this!  She sent us specifications and we got to work.

The wallet was made in nude calf, dye in cordovan, hand-sewn with black nylon thread, and Joseph worked his magic with a wood burning tool, drawing the compass rose on the back, and stamped initials on the front.  We have a lot of fun type, so please, send us those requests! 

We took a day to cut out a bunch of patterns of our wallets and a larger wallet we just designed, and then we treed and marbled the leather cut outs!  It was a lot of work to cut and dye them, and then the process of treeing and marbling made for a very long day and night. 

Friday morning we woke up early to get a jump start on the day.  Joseph was in the middle of a couple restoration projects, and I had a bunch of wallets to sew.  After breakfast, Joseph was setting type to stamp a title on the spine of the clamshell.  The tray was pulled out of our type rack; Joe turned around for a split second when our cat Willow jumped up, landed on the tray, and the whole thing flipped over and landed upside down on the floor!  Our jaws dropped, Joe yelled out just a couple choice words, and Willow took off and hid for the rest of the day.

We've had a lot of fun designing and making our leather goods!  The black wallet is gorgeous; the leather is so pretty, it's fastened together with blackened rivets.  I'm really excited about our larger wallet:  It's made to fit a passport, credit cards, and cash of course.  This one is our first one that I made.  I had Joseph tool the large chevron pattern on the front and back; I've already filled it and am excited to put it to use! 

We hope y'all have had a fantastic week and an even better weekend!

Crossing the Bench: 16th Century Rebinding and 19th Century Marbled Paper Restoration.

We had the opportunity to restore a book originally bound in the 15 hundreds!  And we also had the opportunity to clean up a copy of Sense and Sensibility from 1846.    

Before and after rebind photo.

Before and after rebind photo.

Before and after photo of marbled paper boards.

Before and after photo of marbled paper boards.

The boards on the cover of Sense and Sensibility were quite scratched up and worn.  Joseph was able to restore the original marbled paper on the boards, and they look great!  Check out this short flipagram film showing a bit of the 16th C. rebind process.

We have so much fun restoring the treasures our clients bring to us!

We hope y'all have a great weekend!

Crossing the Bench Lately: Book Restoration

We're keeping busy and we couldn't be more happy about it!  It seems strange to think we've already been here in Texas for a year!  It actually seems like we've been here for much longer than that, but in a good way.  Here are a few photos a fantastic rare LDS books that have crossed our bench. 

First edition Welsh Hymnal

First edition Welsh Hymnal

First edition RLDS D&C

First edition RLDS D&C

Second edition Hawaiian Book of Mormon.

Second edition Hawaiian Book of Mormon.

1850 Book of Mormon.

1850 Book of Mormon.

Crossing The Bench Lately: Vellum & Leather Bindings

We've been working on fun projects as usual!  Take a look!

Quelques Idees Sur le rapport des deux dentitions.  Half leather rebind with new paste paper boards.

Quelques Idees Sur le rapport des deux dentitions.  Half leather rebind with new paste paper boards.

Family Bible, before restoration.

Family Bible, before restoration.

Family Bible, after restoration.

Family Bible, after restoration.

Five dental tracts from the 1700s, bound in limp vellum to look period appropriate.

Five dental tracts from the 1700s, bound in limp vellum to look period appropriate.

A dissertation on artificial teeth, 1797, rebound in full leather with gold tooling.

A dissertation on artificial teeth, 1797, rebound in full leather with gold tooling.

The Mathematical Expositor, 1832, printed by E.B. Grandin. Clean up and hinge repairs with built out corners.

The Mathematical Expositor, 1832, printed by E.B. Grandin. Clean up and hinge repairs with built out corners.