I mentioned that we took a bookbinding workshop to turn papers into books last weekend. We felt like a getaway trip somewhere and I wanted a focal point. Searching events on Facebook for New York or Montreal or Toronto, we came across this option.
The money raised went to Word Made Flesh which seeks to serve the poor in urban metropolises, in this case through Miriam who will intern in Rio de Janiero’s favelas among street children.
What an interesting group of accomplished people. I learned about Global Urban Trek where university students are sent on missions to help in the poorest of poor, realizing as a result in most cases how privileged they are and what need actually is.
Our instructor Sam said after stitching together the first signature that it would be the easiest one to stitch. Thank goodness she was kidding. We only once got mixed up by both setting our needles down to our side then crossbinding our book together. No one saw that did they? Ok, so laughing gave us away.
The pages, once all stitched with its kettle stitch, were glued along where the spine would go with a glue that stays kind of rubbery when dried. Each was then put under weight to compress, and, so as to not glue the book stack to the floor or weight of books, the handy dandy overhead transparency.
All in all it took us newbies about 5-6 hours with lunch break. With more practice it could come down to an hour or two, apart from pressing. Or longer if one is particularly waffling over which paper stock to use to decorate so it feels like an Official Book.
Video Link: Understanding the history of money by Paul Grignon is 5 parts. Part 1 has a preamble for the first 1:30 minutes.
Quote: “One thing to realize about our fractional reserve banking system is that, like a child’s game of musical chairs, as long as the music is playing there are no losers.” – Andrew Gause, Monetary historian in Money as Debt, part 3