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Recently I have become much more interested in printing. I want to move this on to think a little more about how I present my prints. One idea that I want to try is to turn my prints into bespoke custom photo books. This means getting to grips with binding.
There are a fair number of Internet tutorials available on binding techniques. I feel especially inclined to try my hand at Japanese Stab Binding - I really like the look of this, and I imagine that this will give the book a durable binding that adds to the aesthetic.
Ok, to my questions. I'd be keen to learn from the experiences of any members out their who have tried their own binding. What tips can give me: e.g. how do manage a non destructive method of securing pages during the binding process? What methods are best for cutting post holes? How do you prepare your front and back covers? Do you score your pages ready for turning? Are there any good texts out their that you'd recommend? What are the pitfalls you've experienced?
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Adam, looking at all the responses, I would send my work to a company who specialise in such things.
Thanks Stephen. Nah - wheres the challenge in that
Coincidently, I too am interested in creating a 'homemade' book. Only very recently I bought a book from Amazon - 'Hand Bookbinding - A Manual' by A Watson @ £12 . Well worth the money and should answer some of your questions although I don't know what 'japanese stab binding' is. I'm aiming at a lay flat (portfolio) design comprising a selection of my images. Interested to know how you get on.
Thanks for the post. I'll take a look at the reference. Japanese stab binding may sound rather complex name, but actually it looks like a rather straightforward and ornate way of binding hand crafted books - giving an additional aesthetic to the book, and yet at the same time a hopefully sturdy bind. That said I have yet to test it.
It'll take me a while to have a go, between my work and my studies I have very little free time. But I feel determined to have a go. I'd be interested to learn how you get on with your own efforts.
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