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Right now the bench is hopping, but none of the really “wow” stuff is going to be ready for a bit. So I wanted to take a second to show some appreciation to all the smaller projects that help keep the bills paid. For every big project that takes up weeks of my time, there are always a handful of smaller projects running at the same time.
I want to tell you all that I fix every kind of book for every kind of reason.
Most of the smaller projects fall into three categories: Basic recover – called recasing; usually, but not exclusively, well used and loved personal Bibles. Modifications – the reworking of new books to create or repair something else. Maintenance – cleaning, stabilizing, and minor repairs; basic maintenance on most books can give them a new lease on life!
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Basic maintenance and repair usually entails simple spine, hinge, and page repair; as well as simple cosmetic touch ups. A good once over works wonders for books that are meant to see continuous use for years to come!
Recovering and Recasing
Any type of book can be a good candidate for an entirely new cover for a variety of reasons. I just happen to get a lot of Bibles because they tend to be used heavily and wear out quickly. They also tend to have a lot of scholarly and sentimental value.
Recasing can be a lot of fun. If your going to start over make it look however you want! Below are a variety of examples as well as some of the recover options we offer!
Modifications are usually either a custom cover created for a new book, two or more books that are spliced together to create a new book, or the same version of a book in good condition is used to repair another book. Here are some examples.
This book was a modification of a modification. The client took the book to a leatherworker. While being a great leatherworker, they knew nothing about the mechanics of books. So it had to be torn apart and remodified. The first photo is before repair with the closure flap missing.