Category Archives: Bookbinding

From variable-frequency drives
to hand-bound books

It’s been about a month since I wrote my last blog. It was about variable-frequency-drive high voltage motor controllers and a 1935 book sewing machine. The relevance of that is cloudy, but suffice it to say that I have been … Continue reading

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Electronic motor control
and my obsession with a 1935 bookbinding machine

This is the second part of my obsession story. To read the first part, please click here. And that’s where my odyssey began. Alternating current induction motors use the frequency of the line power (60 Hz in our case) to … Continue reading

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Obsessing on a 1935 bookbinding machine

I get obsessed about my projects. My current obsession is the restoration of a 1935 Smyth book sewing machine in the Shakespeare Press Museum at Cal Poly (I am the faculty advisor). That machine sews the spines of hard-cover books. … Continue reading

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Papierherstellung in Deutschland

On Thursday we took a tour of the Gmund Paper factory in Gmund, about one hour south of Munich. Gmund is the maker of some of the finest papers in the world. In their shipping area I saw pallets marked … Continue reading

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Burning questions, answered

My wife and I went to Burning Man last week. It was something we had wanted to do for several years, and now we have done it. The legendary counterculture festival is held on a dry lake bed in northern … Continue reading

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China, day four-point-three

We awoke yesterday and boarded a big green bus, heading north from Hong Kong into mainland China. Our objective was to visit three of China’s largest commercial printing companies, each known for quality and high volume. Crossing the border from … Continue reading

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ePrint is setting records in Hong Kong printing community

It’s VistaPrint for Hong Kong. But less aggressive and irritating. On our tours yesterday of printing plants in Hong Kong, we visited a company called ePrint, which is a largely web-based commercial printing company. They specialize in – everything. Their … Continue reading

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Hong Kong Day Two

On my outings on Sunday in Hong Kong I had a chance to take the Star Ferry across Victoria Harbor to Hong Kong Island where my friend John Seymour and I had lunch. The weather was tempestuous, and we watched … Continue reading

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My bookbinding class ends with literal works of art

  Where have I been? I’ve been here, binding books. For the past ten weeks I have been teaching a course called Book Design Technology. It’s a senior-level course for students of Graphic Communication in our Design Reproduction Technology concentration, … Continue reading

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Bookbinding with needle and thread

I am teaching a class in book design and bookbinding this quarter. I have 30 students in the class; they are working on their manuscripts and will soon be working on their book blocks and book cases. This involves printing, … Continue reading

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