Communion Of Dreams


Step by step.

I got to thinking about all the steps/stages involved in doing the binding of the handbound editions of Communion of Dreams. Here’s a step by step description (with some images below) of the process of doing the cloth hardcover books:

  1. Gather the sections from the printed stacks.
  2. Fold each section.
  3. Collate the sections into books.
  4. Punch holes through the center of each section for sewing.
  5. Sew up the text blocks.
  6. Paste up the spine of each text block, allow to dry under mild weight.
  7. Trim each textblock to size: head, tail, fore-edge.
  8. Paste up each text block again; determine size for, cut, and add endbands.
  9. Determine size for, cut, then paste up and apply spine liners, allow to dry.
  10. Determine size for and cut bookboard for the covers: front cover, rear cover, spine.
  11. Determine size of necessary cover cloth, cut from roll goods.
  12. Layout and mark up inside of cover cloth for bookboard positions.
  13. Paste up and mount each piece of bookboard, nip in nipping press, allow to dry.
  14. Cut corners on cover cloth.
  15. Paste up and turn in edges & corners, nip in nipping press, allow to dry. This is now called the “cloth case”.
  16. Determine size and cut cover image for mounting to cloth cases.
  17. Position and mount cover images to cases, nip in nipping press, allow to dry.
  18. Trim back first paste-down sheet on front and back of each text block.
  19. Position text block in case, paste up sewing tapes and front half paste-down sheet, nip in nipping press.
  20. Repeat for rear sewing tapes and half paste-down sheet.
  21. Paste up front full paste-down sheet, nip in nipping press.
  22. Repeat for rear full paste-down sheet.
  23. Dry under mild weight.

Simple, right? ;)

Well, it is compared to what is involved in doing the leather-covered edition. I might spend some time doing a video version of that. We’ll see.

Oh, yeah — if you’d like to have your own hand-bound copy in either cloth or leather, full information on the limited edition is here.

 

Jim Downey

Sheets gathered & folded into sections.

Sheets gathered & folded into sections.

Sections punched for sewing.

Sections punched for sewing.

Starting the sewing onto linen tapes.

Starting the sewing onto linen tapes.

Bottom of the sewn text block trimmed off in the guillotine.

Bottom of the sewn text block trimmed off in the guillotine.

Drying time.

Drying time.

Marked up cover stock.

Marked up cover stock.

Bookboard mounted.

Bookboard mounted.

Corners cut, ready to turn in.

Corners cut, ready to turn in.

Back cover image positioned for mounting.

Back cover image positioned for mounting.

Sewing tapes and half sheet pasted out and pressed.

Sewing tapes and half sheet pasted out and pressed.

Second paste down sheet prepared and ready to press.

Second paste down sheet prepared and ready to press.

Finished product.

Finished product.


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