My lovely wife's birthday has passed, so now I can, at last, unveil the special birthday project.
But a little background first: My wife took up making her own perfumes sometime last year. Until now, she has been noting down her recipes in a simple office notebook. I decided she needed something more special to keep and treasure her favorite mixtures. So I made her a handbound book for her recipes.
Mind you, I've never done any bookbinding before, nor do I own any of the (expensive) specialised tools. So I had to improvise and jury rig some things along the way...
Here is the result of my journey into "ghetto bookbinding":
I'm quite pleased with the results, but much, much more importantly, so is my wife!
Some more pictures of the "book in progress" after the break...
*: I didn't get the back as round as I had wanted, apparently I had either sewn it too tightly or over-glued the back in one of the earlier stages.... Lessons for a (possible) next time.
In retrospect, the only thing I regret is not having a paring knife, or a useable way to "fake" one to thin the leather on the inside of the cover boards. Because this remains somewhat thick, the book has a tendency to stand open a bit, unless pressed or tied closed.
I quite enjoyed making this book, especially with it's intended purpose and recipient in mind. Though I might make more books in the future (it's fun, and rewarding if you love books as I do), this one will always remain special. It is a labour of love, for love.