little book of Book Making – timeless techniques and fresh ideas for beautiful handmade books; Charlotte Rivers, Potter Craft, New York, 2014.
EBook ISBN 978-0-7704-3515-8
When a year ago some friends showed me their copy of “little book of Book Making” by Charlotte Rivers I knew I had to get my own copy. I have other detailed bookmaking references but this one caught my eye. The clear images and a whole section on how to create a number of “instant” books with few supplies, as well as various stitched bindings, all presented in a fabulous small format was just what I had been looking for.
And I can hear you all now… didn’t you just sell and give away over 700 books from your library. The answer is “yes” and I am much more judicious in selecting new books. While I like to read on my iPad, a technical book can only really be appreciated in one’s hand. Turning actual pages, touching and feeling the paper that was used in the printing process and easily turning the pages to follow the instructions step-by-step and in a logical manneris often the only way to appraciate a book.
And besides, when a giftcard for Soul Paper in Saskatoon is presented by a fantastic group of people one must honour the givers and pick up something that will help remember our great time together this summer!
The format of this book is (nearly) square and easily tucks into a work box or bag. The contents are well presented with wonderful photographs of books that are creative and will inspire anyone with an interest in bookmaking. The reader finds chapters on folded bindings, sewn bindings, page and cover treatments, experimental packaging, book making in practice, the anatomy of a book, resources as well as a glossary, index, and a foreword by Esther K. Smith of Purgatory Pie Press.
I give this book five out of five stars!