Earlier in the week I put out a call on Twitter for pointers to book-binding intelligence on Prince Edward Island; I’ve been loaned a collection of letterpress cuts and want to experiment with printing them and making some sort of book from the result.
Among (many) other things, Hamish is the producer of the DIY Book podcast which is about as wonderful a resource as you could ever hope to find if you’re someone in my position: a common-sense introduction to writing, printing and hand-producing your own books. Episode 17, for example, is a video episode titled “Perfect Binding (Or as Close as We Can Get)” and it’s a simple step-by-step walk through the process of making paperbacks.
MacDonald is a born presenter: calm, witty, and understanding of the position of a complete beginner to the process, filling in just the right about of detail and yet moving things along at a compelling clip.
I had no choice to but to rush out to Michaels last night and buy some white glue (Martha Stewart brand!) and some cover stock, and I glued up my first book this morning, a simple “blank book” with a bumpy blue cover and pink insides: