binding the Book of Honesty

Posted: April 2, 2017 by Mo Crow in It's Crow Time
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The Book of Honesty Mo17
27cm H x 22cm W x 2cm D
bradel binding, relief sculpted spine, Moulin de Laroqque handmade watercolour paper over boards
it’s almost finished!
here’s a link to see all the double page spreads of Honesty
I love making books, this is the most elegant one yet!
here’s how it went together
each double page spread was first sewn onto 5 linen tapes
a paper stitching pattern with an arrow indicating the top of the page
the spine is strengthened with acid free PVA & muslin between the tapes, then gently rounded with a hammer
the tapes are frayed and glued down to make a smooth interface then cut the text for the spine casing
preparing the covers
the front cover attached, inside edges need trimming and sanding before lining
(those red marks on the white lining are the bit of blood that all my work seems to require)
back cover attached ready for trimming and sanding
front & back covers are lined
there’s still some finishing to do, will post the finale when it’s ready!

  1. Nancy says:

    Oh my gosh Mo!! Your work is so beautiful, beauty-filled…so precise and well thought out. I absolutely love the peek-a-boo covers and the raised letters of the binding, perfect choice of binding style. It is so elegant, so classy and simple. It is exquisite! Congrats.

  2. i went through the photographs, reading, looking at the image, reading again, looking again,
    and i forgot to breathe, realized when i felt suddenly lightheaded that i was holding my breath

    this is just stunning

  3. snicklefritzin43 says:

    Beautiful, wonderful cover construction; love seeing your process. It will be magnificent to see the finished product, I am sure.

  4. dinahmow says:

    OH! It’s going to be very elegant,Mo.Understated elegance.Come to think, that is honest, isn’t it/ 🙂

  5. Yes – The most elegant ever.
    Such careful crafting, such beautiful images.

    • Mo Crow says:

      (((Michelle))) I love that first moment when it becomes a book that can be held in the hand, the opening, exploring each of the pages, then the closing…

  6. Louise Watson says:

    Wow- it speaks for itself, in a quiet calm way.

  7. Beautiful cover, so elegant and fits so well with the pages

    • Mo Crow says:

      (((Debbie))) this morning I will start stitching the pages together so the back sides of the stitched stems of Honesty are protected and strengthened by the drawings

  8. beth says:

    It’s gorgeous Mo. Love the little windows on the covers.

  9. sarah says:

    It’s so beautiful!

  10. bronwyn says:

    Love how the front cover reveals the actual and the back the drawing, absolutely gorgeous Mo.

  11. dana says:

    Mo, the craftsmanship is stellar. So wonderfully lovely to bring all the beautiful pages together. It has been a delight to watch it all come together. Thank you for sharing it with us.

    • Mo Crow says:

      (((Dana))) & it feels so good in the hand, the paper is very soft, still sampling how to stitch the little x’s into the corners of the pages so they work both front and back…

  12. Hazel says:

    Oh, my, you have skills to crow about! Love the peek-a-boo cover. Can you tell more about the spine, how the relief sculpting is done?

    • Mo Crow says:

      (((Hazel))) re the spine, I printed out the text on thin card, cut out each letter with a no 11 scalpel blade, then printed the same text onto some of the same thin card cut to the width of the spine with a little extra to make room for the covers, then glued the raised lettered spine stiffener to a piece of 240 gsm Stonehenge paper, then covered the spine with grey bookcloth using a 50/50 mix of acid free PVA and starch paste pounded into the cloth and worked in well around all the edges of the letters with a bone folder, finally wrapped it around a piece of dowel to dry to form the curve, once dry the spine is pasted to the outside of the frayed linen tapes on the text block leaving the back hollow so the book opens freely, here’s a link to Peter D. Verheyen’s detailed article about the Bradel Binding

  13. coloremartine says:

    Elegance…………….yes, thats the word for this beauty……………….

  14. Eliene says:

    This one is very special…… the little windows into the soul of the Book of Honesty…beautiful!!!

  15. Diane Langley says:

    Beautiful and so beautifully crafted

  16. deemallon says:

    wow. so cool to see the tools, the process. elegant and spare, it is. Glad Hazel asked about the spine, because I was blown away by that too… so beautiful, Mo!

    • Mo Crow says:

      (((Dee))) spare elegance is what I was hoping for, slowly & carefully stitching the pages together with tiny x’s in the corners & evening up the edges so they are contained within the covers for the next few days, am loving working on this book so much!

  17. vdbolyard says:

    ah, i am so happy for you and the birth of this book. well done!

  18. jude says:

    I have no words, my breathing is all there is.

  19. perlhuhn52 says:

    I have nothing to add. All is said and I wish I have words which are as outstanding as your work. Doris

  20. Stunning work Mo. Love that tooled spine,

  21. ravenandsparrow says:

    Wow. Wow again. I just love everything about this book Mo. Congratulations! It is very fine.

  22. nancy krampf says:

    magnificent poetry of human hands…your beautiful work fills me with wonder and awe

  23. jan says:

    All that honesty should be!! Sublime

  24. Carol says:

    ((((Mo, Rod & Ariel))))

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