Category Archives: Bookbinding

Experiment: book title in tin

A couple of the best castings from yesterday. Much less formal and more uncontained than I envisaged, these initial attempts are encouraging. I need to find a way of casting them thinner or reducing their thickness once cast, maybe by filing (in order to make them lighter and less prominent). This will allow me then […]

Photography Book Now

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Infinity’s Edge 10×8 edition

A smaller format edition of the book is now available from the Blurb bookstore. Softcover prices from: $26.98 / £13.50 / €20.42 Infinity’s Edge 10×8 Edition By Mark Tweedie Book Preview http://www.blurb.com/bookstore/detail/808953

Infinity’s Edge published on Blurb

Last night I published “Infinity’s Edge” using Blurb online publishing. Sub-titled “Pinhole photographs from the Coast” it comprises a series of pinhole images made on the coast of Wales over the last two years sprinkled with some of my poetry. The book is in 13″ x 11″ large-format on premium-weight paper and can be previewed […]

Binding “Letters to a Young Poet”

I recently completed the binding of one of my favourite texts, “Letters to a Young Poet” by Rainer Maria Rilke. Since I read this book last year I have loved the wisdom and beauty of its language and the messages it contains. From first picking it up I knew that I wanted to illustrate it […]

Photography.Book.Now symposium

I attended the Blurb symposium last Friday and I have to admit it was not quite what I was expecting. Advertised with the words “You’ll hear working photographers talk about their books, hear industry practitioners discuss how to curate and design books, and learn how to market a successful book.” I did expect something with […]

Photography book symposium

I have booked my (free) ticket for the PhotographyBookNow symposium in London on Friday 10th October 2008. I’m not sure it is really aimed at hand binding of photo books but it looks fascinating. In any case, as I have had the intention of making of a book using blurb.com for some time now I’m […]

Portfolio binder

I have been experimenting with hand-made folders and bindings for folios of prints. Constructed in the same way as the outer case or binding of a hardback book, such a folder really finishes off the presentation of a collection of artworks beautifully. My first style is made simply of bookbinder’s board covered in buckram with […]

Bookbinder’s press and tub

The press and tub is now complete, again following the plans from the Aldren Watson book. i used pine for the tub and some hardwood off-cuts from the local DIY shop for the press. I had some trouble finding the bolts, or rather finding bolts that were threaded full or nearly full length. In the […]

Bookbinder’s sewing frame

I’ve just finished the first of my larger bookbinding tools, the sewing frame. It is made of 4 parts. First,the cross bar, jigsawed, carved and sanded from a pine offcut. Second, the uprights comprising two 12″ pieces of 18mm pine dowel drilled eight times each ½” apart to hold two small pieces of whittled dowel […]