A new binding for submission to the "Contemporary Bindings of Private Press Books Touring Exhibition 2014-15". "Tonge's Travels" was published by The Old School Press in Bath and features watercolour illustrations by John Watts. The original was a manuscript travel diary from 1857 recording Mr. George Tonge's boat trip through the Mediterranean. I used my paste papers cut into strips and onlaid onto the full calf binding to suggest both water and the notion of a hand-written document. I added a couple of Moleskine style touches including a pocket in the back which I supplied with paste paper "postcards" of sights along the route, and a foredge strap, here depicted lying in front of the open book. The show opens at St Bride's Church, Fleet St., London on May 14 of this year. See you at the opening!
A Xmas present for my wife, a big Sherlock fan from way back. Mary cautiously permitted me to rebind her taped up 2 volume set of the Complete Stories that she has had since the early '70's. She had indicated a liking for one of my recent paste papers-this one with added black ink details that gave it a certain spikeyness. That and a bit of green goatskin did the trick. She liked the result -which made two of us.
born 1951 in Edmonton AB. grew up in Windsor ON, MA from U of Windsor in Romance Linguistics, Studied bookbinding with Beatrice Stock, Seamas McClafferty and Betsy Palmer Eldridge in Toronto. Binding since age 11 when I rebound my Bantam paperback copies of all the Horatio Hornblower novels in some blue raincoat fabric that my sister had left over from a Home Ec. project. I still have them and they keep me humble. Binding professionally since 1980.