All the bindings in Volume V are hard cover quarter leather. Leather bindings
have been something I have always admired but did not have the skill or patience
to do properly. Bookbinding for Book Artists substituted household
tools for all the traditional tools and equipment found in a bindery. This
makes leather binding cheaper, but not easier and certainly not quicker.
With Quick Leather Bindings I have eliminated all the unnecessary
steps found in the earlier book. Those steps that could not be eliminated
- No equipment is used.
- Tools are limited to needle and thread, scissors, bone folder, X-Acto™
knife and metal straightedge.
- Leather on the spine is limited to quarter leather to eliminate the messy
process of trying to fold leather around the corners of the boards at the
- All use of glue and paste
is eliminated. This saves time, eliminating weights and waits.
are finished before the book block is sewn to it.
Some of the bindings described contain a book block of a single
section or signature. A 2-section
book block can have from 4 to 48 pages. All the sewings can be quarter
cloth if you prefer not to use leathers.