Karen Hanmer

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Gallery: Book Structure Models

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Title: ExtraBindings



A variety of binding structure models are available at my Etsy shop, ExtraBindings.

Offerings may include:

Springback binding
Ethiopian binding
Colonial American scaleboard binding
A variety of traditional full and half leather bindings
Other historical models, complete or cut-away.

New models are posted every few months, please check back periodically.

"Extra Bindings"
A term originally applied to the binding of books in full leather, usually morocco, in which the best materials and workmanship were used throughout. The term also implied extra care in finishing and extensive use of gold tooling. (Bookbinding and the Conservation of Books: A Dictionary of Descriptive Terminology)
Surplus bindings made when developing workshops, teaching, or experimenting with materials or aspects of structure and engineering. Handouts or at least brief instructions are available for most. I also print a few different text blocks and occasionally offer other supplies. All handmade at Karen Hanmer Book Arts north suburban Chicago studio or while teaching across the country.