My husband’s grandfather, Joe, loved books. His love was so deep and profound that he couldn’t stand to see books falling apart and took it upon himself to rebind them, giving them a new life. It didn’t even have to be a book he was particularly fond of, he felt that any book was worthy and deserved respect. He passed on his love of books to his grandson along with this amazing collection he rebound.
I am always drawn to bold patterns, so I love his choices of book cloth. The orange book on the left is my favorite.
The prettiest part of a lot of these books is the paper he used inside. Again, the patterns are gorgeous.
We also inherited his book press. It’s massive and weighs a ton, but I love the look of it. So far I’ve only used it to press flowers and wrinkled papers, but I intend to take a bookbinding class. I can’t have a huge piece of equipment in our tiny apartment and not use it!
Crafts that can be passed down to the next generation have a special place in my heart. Every day when I pull my tattered quilt around me, admiring my grandmother’s perfect stitches and fabric choices, I think of her and the love she put into everything she made. In the same way, I feel so honored to have this collection in our home, each book a piece of art reminding us of Joe’s passion.
Update: Grace at Design*Sponge posted a story on bookbinding today too. Click here to see Sonya Sheats stunning, modern work.