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Tucson, Arizona, United States
I work as Panther Peak Bindery and am a bookbinder, conservator and instructor working outside Tucson, Arizona for individual and institutional clients across the country. I am a two term President of the Guild of Book Workers, was a Fulbright Scholar, taught at North Bennet Street School for over nine years and was the fastest in my middle school class at running up and down a flight of stairs (really!).



Saturday, January 22, 2011

plough in boards

I'm doing a book for a church which need to be ploughed, and the most fun way of ploughing a book is doing it this way.  So I thought I'd try to make a video of it.  Hard to know what's enough detail, what is too much.

There's stuff to figure out with these that have nothing to do with content.  I ad-lib them.  Someone sent me an email with the word "script" in it and I had to go to the dictionary to see what that was.  Maybe I should try it.  We'll see.

This is number 6.  I want to get to 10, so that if someone finds the site they'll have enough to keep their interest and get them to come back.  And I think 10 will do that, depending on how good they are of course.

I'll do more, but right now I'm just focused on getting to 10.

Here's the video:

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Paper Grain

This really isn't the type of video I'm intending to make, frankly, but I was bouncing around youtube and saw an explanation of determining paper grain that was a bit, well, different.  So, I thought what the heck.

I'm able to post videos here by putting them on youtube first.

Anyway, paper grain and how to determine its direction.

Oh, and Hollywood hasn't called yet.  Just so you know.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011


This video contains a brief description of the three major types of adhesives used in bookbinding and conservation.


Monday, January 17, 2011


Here is my third video, on how I use the Kwikprint.

You can also find this video on my second web site:


Tuesday, January 11, 2011


This video is about another Swedish bookbinding tool that I use fairly often.  It's not that common over here, but think it is in Europe.

Sunday, January 9, 2011


Here is the first of several videos I'm planning on making. They are not intended to be instructional per se, but just a glimpse of what's involved in binding and conservation.  So, let's call them informational rather than educational.

This first one was done mainly to figure out how to use the camera I got for Christmas, along with how to edit, add audio.... just a practice really. Though I hope you find it interesting and fun. Shocking, even.

These will also be on my second web site:

I think you need iTunes/Quicktime in order to see them on that site.  But this shouldn't have that issue.  Hopefully.

Here it is: