Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Tomoe River Paper Journals

Our Tomoe River Paper Journals are specially designed for the fountain pen user.  They come in 2 standard sizes, 8 1/2'' x 11'' and A5, and contain 400 pages (200 leaves) of 52 lb. white Tomoe River paper sewn in folded signatures for flat opening.   Optional gusseted pocket inside the back cover, and elastic fore edge strap.  These journals are bound in full leather in a variety of colours and finishes.  They can be personalized with your name stamped on the cover. A pleasure to own and use with your favourite pens.
A5 -                                                                                                     $ 90.00 
US letter 8 1/2''x 11''                                                                           $150.00
Leather Colours
black, burnt orange, dark green, dark blue, brown
gusseted pocket inside back cover and elastic fore edge strap          $10.00
personalized  (name or initials stamped in gold on the cover)            $10.00
shipping (in North America)                                                                 $20.00

Custom sizes, colours and thicknesses available on request.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Hiroko's book

Specially bound copies of a new book by Hiroko Karuno, "Kigami and Kami-ito", the results of years of study in the traditional Japanese method of making paper thread from handmade paper. This thread has been used to weave "shifu" cloth for kimonos and other textile items since at least the 17thC.  Hiroko wanted us to create a few copies of the book bound in her shifu, three versions of which are on view here.  The creation of the cloth alone, first the thread, which can be dyed with such things as gardenia seeds, loquat leaves and Japanese chestnut skins, and then the weaving into 6' lengths about 14'' wide took several months of meticulous work.  You can imagine that this supplied a nervous moment when cutting the lengths up for making the cases.   Paperback copies of this extraordinary work are available at The Paper Place on Queen St. in Toronto or from The Japanese Paper Place.

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Bookbinding II wrap up

One final effort from the BBII class. A millimetre style German case binding with Japanese paper trim at the head and tail edges. I supplied my paste papers for the covers and particularly enjoyed the apocalyptic landscape of the one second from the right.   We sealed the washi trim with Klucel G and polished it up with a piece of beeswax that was in with the sewing supplies. I may redo the edges of mine with SC6000 as it works better.  Very happy with the application of the class and their  results. 

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

The Brand New Pointyhead Press T-shirt!

Available on Saturday 29 November at the OCAD Book Arts Fair.
Laura models the new design and wears it well.  Get yours on Saturday!

Saturday, November 22, 2014

OCAD Book Arts Fair November 29, 2014

Upcoming at the OCAD Book Arts Fair on November 29, 2014
New from Pointyhead Press: the relaunch of "Fragmenta Disjecta".   Fragmenta was the first Pointyhead Press publication in 1998.  Now revised, redesigned, expanded and in colour, Fragmenta Disjecta, literally 'scattered fragments', a spoof on rare book catalogues, was put together by me and my colleague Reg Beatty as a submission to the 1998 Grimsby Wayzgoose Anthology.  Our modest efforts, photocopied in black and white, resulted in the release of a policy  statement on the production values of these contributions, to the effect that henceforth all such work must feature letterpress techniques.
Now to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Press,  Pointyhead has upped the production values considerably and while this new edition shows no signs of moving towards the letterpress end of things, we hope the new "Fragmenta" will provide an enjoyable experience to the reader. The attached picture displays the book arranged with the original objects.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Bookbinding II Bradel bindings at CBBAG

By the end of week 3 we had sewn a text block with concealed cloth jointed endpapers, rounded and backed, trimmed and decorated the top edge, sewn end bands, attached the boards and covered in full paper. I chose one of my paste papers because I like my own cooking.  Next week we start on our split boards binding.  An old form but a good one.