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Bookbinding – A History of the Navy

A friend who was in the Navy and was a Merchant Marine ship Captain for many years brought to me a well damaged book about the history of the Navy from its beginning up to around 1915.  Both his father and grandfather were in the Navy as well.

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The book was in three pieces, the front and back covers and the main signature.  The signature was in good condition and still had some linen hinges attached.  The covers were in bad shape, the linen covering was really ragged and the boards were splitting open.  I suggested new boards, but he wanted it put back together just the way the boards were.  So……………

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I first brushed a some methylcellulose on the linen hinges to remove the old glue that was on them.

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Then I scraped off the glues, and you can see the clean patch on the tape.

 

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Next I want to clean the back of the cover linens the same way.  Only I find on the front cover linen it is just falling apart, so I cut away about an inch from the edge on that one.  On the right picture is a new hinge that I made using a deep blue linen, backed with paper.  In the middle of the new hinge is a piece of acid free paper where it will rest against the spine.  One side is longer because of the extra inch I cut away for the front cover.

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Here the new hinge is positioned for gluing.  I originally was going to glue under the cover linen, but on the front cover it was too worn and I cut it away.

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So the new hinge is glued to the cover, the flaps will be glued on the inside.

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Next I glue the back cover part of the hinge down on the back board and then glue the remaining back board linen on top of the new hinge.

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Ideally I would have liked to have done this to the front but as I said the front linen was too worn for this.

 

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Then the book gets opened and the original linen hinge that is attached to the signature gets glued and then a new short piece of end paper will cover the hinge.

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Like so.

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Wish I had a better shot of the final look, but the customer came in just as I was taking this photo, so I didn’t get an opportunity to take another.

Snow Shoeing

At present we have a decent snowfall and this morning I shoed around a local lake.

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Whiteface mountain on the right peaks out from behind Hamlin.  This lake is frozen as well as both branches of the AuSable River.

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n this close up of the fluffy snow, you can see some of the individual crystals.  It’s so lovely walking through as it drifts down silently.

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This mornings temperature was just right at 10 degrees.

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I love the simplistic beauty all around me when I show shoe through a freshly fallen snow.  I can stop and look at a snowy branch and get totally absorbed and distant in thought no time.

Kiln Opening

Sue was pretty excited about this kiln because there were so many experiments and new techniques in it.

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This is vase is made by layers colored clays that Sue made.

Layered Pottery by Sue Burdick Young, Young's Studio & Gallery, Jay NY

This form is built over a slump mold

Layered Pottery by Sue Burdick Young, Young's Studio & Gallery, Jay NY

Layered Pottery by Sue Burdick Young, Young's Studio & Gallery, Jay NY

This is the piece I would keep, but I’ve been taking too many pieces lately and I have to let some of them slip by.  Here Sue has used two techniques, on the bottom is the swirling agateware look and above that is a Nerikomi pattern.  On the agateware clay Sue has wedged together two clays of contrasting color until they have marbled.  The Nerikomi technique uses slabs of different colors, that are stacked, folded, pressed into logs, sliced, and arranged into to a form.

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Here the Nerikomi is on the bottom and a colored clay layering
of lighter and light tones above.

Snow and Studio Work

At the moment we are having a long snow.  It snowed yesterday, it’s snowing this afternoon and
it will snow tomorrow.  I’ll be snow shoeing tomorrow.

For now the studio is busy,

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Sue is making a slab of colored clay layers, she then formed it into a vase which is in a bisque kiln now, she has been having fun with Eating Art at Young's Studio & Gallery, Jay NYher colored clays.

Last winter Sue created test tiles for all the different stains she could add to clay.

She came up with this display wheel for herself to help her get the color she needed at the right time.  She has her most used colors already mixed and in jars.

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In addition to the color clays, Sue is using different techniques to apply the color to pottery, as soon as these pieces come from the kiln I will post them here.

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In my little studio I have taken on clay.  January was silk and I’ll get back to that again probably in April or so, but for now I’m into clay.  This week I made four “Towers of Inspiration”, five covered boxes and eight dishes.  I have a slab I’m working on now and I’ll be experimenting with creating oval dishes.

So as work comes from the kilns we’ll post it here.