Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Can a Papermaker Save Civilization

Tim Barret was raised in what was once known as "Paper City", in Kalamazoo, Mich.  Now 61, he has dedicated his life to unlocking the mysteries of paper, "which he regards as both the elemental stuff of civilization and an endangered species in digital Culture.

This New York Times story goes through the history of papermaking, the process of papermaking, and one man who remains dedicated to preserving paper's place in modern society because "paper is a big part of who we are."

Read More HERE

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Printing Books at Home

While the quick and easy binding kit that I have developed and describe at www.bookmakingkit.com makes it simple to create an artisanal quality hardcover book at home, I've been struggling to find the best way to print signatures at home.  The main challenge has been finding a way to print landscape, double-sided pages with 2 book pages on each side that are chronological when the pile is folded.  It turns out that this is easy if you have Word on a PC.  If (like me) you work on a Mac, Word does not have this "book fold" function and you have to use Adobe Acrobat.  Either way, this is easy and opens up a whole new world of homemade bookmaking.  Check out the resources that will help you here: