Ep. 292: Late Yet Again but Happy
Tedorigawa Bookmakers
by Tedorigawa Bookmakers
1w ago
Bookbinding In mid-December a client made a request for a 2024 schedule to be ready soon. By soon, I think they meant before January 2024, which, as you know, zoomed by quite quickly. I told them that was impossible because I was taking a short break for New Year’s and subsequent joys and regrets about failed New Year’s Resolutions. However, I finished it and shipped it off. The client was disappointed that it came so late but not with the final product itself. I warned them it would be late. I guess the lesson here is I shouldn’t take orders for schedules so late in the year. Each schedule I ..read more
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Ep. 291: Yearly Schedule Scheduled Late
Tedorigawa Bookmakers
by Tedorigawa Bookmakers
3w ago
Bookbinding   The second book of 2024 (maybe I’ll stop numbering them. Maybe.) is a 2024 Schedule delivered to the client halfway through January of 2024; a bit late. But not as late as the next one. It’s an A4-sized schedule perfectly bound (a style that uses a lot of glue, not that I bound it perfectly) of 16 pages (two for each month and some endpapers). The cover is of a textured paper I acquired years ago plus two parallel red lines of the same type of paper indicating the front. The client then attached their favorite stamps on the front. The back is decoration-free. The client comp ..read more
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Ep. 290: Coptic Bound & Unfinished Novel(s)
Tedorigawa Bookmakers
by Tedorigawa Bookmakers
1M ago
Bookmaking The first book of the year 2024 is a B6-sized coptic-bound 100-page blank notebook with a nice endpaper, red paper cover, and a cup of cocoa which I thought was coffee, but it came off of a bag of cookies from Miyazaki (Miyazac). I can’t believe I started it last year. It’s been sitting on my workbench for at least two months. I finally finished it as part of my New Year’s Resolution(s)tm Speaking of NYR(s)tm, one of them is to read more real books. I’m currently plowing through Joyce’s Ulysses (again; I read it in college, too.) and Marcel Proust’s Within a Budding Grove (Book two ..read more
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Ep. 289: Cardboard & How I Start a Novel
Tedorigawa Bookmakers
by Tedorigawa Bookmakers
3M ago
Bookbinding I discovered cardboard. Not originally, but in my stack of leftovers and the myriad boxes that my local grocery store piles up after receiving shipments of everything from drinks to bananas. More importantly, I’ve started to use them in my bookbinding. Yea! Free supplies! Last month I made two French link stitch blank notebooks wherein I used cardboard strips to strength the covers. The covers are usually paper folded over to match the size of the book. Flexible but not suitable for what I want to do with the books: write on them while sitting with them on my lap. This month I made ..read more
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Ep. 288: Fast Change
Tedorigawa Bookmakers
by Tedorigawa Bookmakers
4M ago
Bookbinding My first year in Japan I was surprised at how fast the seasons changed. One day it’s summer and Boom! the next day it’s fall with a drastic fall (pun?) in temperature. Over the decades I’ve gotten used to it. But this year of record high temperatures? September 30 it was about 33˚ (96˚) with humidity in the high 50s. October 2? About 20˚ (68˚) with the humidity in the mid-50s. Which meant working in my work space was tolerable. And I got two books cased in. The first book, an A6 100-page blank notebook, found me practicing the French Link Stitch after a long time of not using it. F ..read more
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Ep. 287: Hot
Tedorigawa Bookmakers
by Tedorigawa Bookmakers
6M ago
Bookbinding Nado. Nothing. Zip. Why? A perfectly good reason why. My bookbinding studio doesn’t have air conditioning and like most of the planet, Kanazawa is hot. Hotter than some other places but cooler than a few (like Texas, which is on fire).  Rather than sit and sweat a bucket load in the first five or six minutes – which would dampen the paper and make it ew ugly with sweat stains — I’ve turned to reading and writing more. In an air conditioned room in my house or the local library. Fiction First, I’ve been editing one-fifth of my Calvado Pentalogy, Calvado, in hopes of making it a ..read more
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Ep. 286: My Year of Drinking Kanazawa
Tedorigawa Bookmakers
by Tedorigawa Bookmakers
6M ago
Bookbinding Having finished My Year of Drinking Kanazawa I cased it in. Without a few mistakes and some successes. First, the spine is too large by a half a millimeter. Second, the space between the spine and the front and back covers is too small. It is 3mm when it should be about 5mm. While the book opens adequately it is not sincere like a book of short stories should be; it is mocking us. I like the black cover and the white band toward the bottom that announces, on the front, the title. There’s nothing on the back. I considered putting my name on it but decided to be humble. Besides, it d ..read more
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Ep. 285 Small Books and Writing
Tedorigawa Bookmakers
by Tedorigawa Bookmakers
7M ago
Bookbinding I made a small book as practice in making small books. It’s about 75 pages and measures 100 mm x 75 mm which, for our Imperial users, is about 3.9 inches x 2.9 (3 15/16 by 2 61/64) inches. The cover is wrapped in red paper but there’s a chiyogami stripe down the front cover that doesn’t spread itself to the back cover. It has a bookmark so if you’ve lost your page, you can find it.  It’s blank so you can use it for whatever purposes you choose. It’s also smaller than the palm of my hand and I have small hands; or, according to everyone I know, small fingers. Fiction I’ve been ..read more
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Ep. 284: June Blank Journal Soul of September
Tedorigawa Bookmakers
by Tedorigawa Bookmakers
8M ago
Bookbinding This week you have an A6 pocketbook blank journal, similar to the other A6 pocketbook blank journals I have been making but with the addition of two pages With Print! The first page has the title of the book: Tedorigawa Bookmakers and the date: June 2023. The final page has the Tedorigawa Bookmakers logo. That’s it. The other pages, as you can probably guess from the title are blank. The front is mostly green book cloth with two chiyogami-esque strips plus a red stripe that surrounds the entire book made of red book cloth. Yes, we are trying to use up as many leftovers, scraps, and ..read more
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Ep. 283: Two A6 Notebooks
Tedorigawa Bookmakers
by Tedorigawa Bookmakers
9M ago
Bookbinding First, the new music for our intros and outros. It’s called Who’s Using Who by the Mini-Vandals and downloaded from YouTube Music. Last week I wrote it was probably downloaded from Pixabay. I was wrong; it’s from YouTube. Here we have two blank notebooks who are the same only in size. A6 and 100 pages. the covers vary dramatically with one multi-colored and the other veering toward the monotone side of the color wheel. The first, on the Front: the Matsushima (松島) one is coptic-bound with three different colors on the front and one basic color (green) on the back. Also on the front ..read more
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