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Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Denver Bookbinding


 
Today Lumpy toured the Denver Bookbinding Company.  
This bindery has been operating since the 1920's. 

Lumpy loved the giant book press, which dated from the 1800's and is still used.  

We learned that there are forty steps in the bookbinding process.  Our own little handmade journals did not have nearly that many, but we enjoyed learning about the process.

One of the books we were shown was a Bible from the 1600's!  It is having a few missing pages re-inserted and is being rebound.  Amazing!

Some of the books are sewed on the machine pictured below, but we also saw books being hand sewn. 

The owner, the third generation in this family business, shared many stories - some sweet, some very funny, about the types of orders they receive.  

9 comments:

Ulla said...

What an interesting excursion for Lumpy and you! My DD is master bookbinder, and she has told me about different ways to bind a book by hand.

The Reader said...

oh how fun!!

So, if one had a book that they wanted re-bound, they could send it here??? How interesting....

Lynn said...

How neat! I've never visited a book binding factory. Impressive too that it is third generation owned.

Giovanna said...

cool! I've never seen how they bind books before!
Awesome : )

Missus Wookie said...

I've bound books but never 'properly' there is a store in London that does it properly tho' that I love looking around.

Tracy said...

I love this stuff!

Amanda said...

What an interesting trip! They get to touch so many old books. Must make for some interesting stories!

Dianne - Bunny Trails said...

How fun! I may have to take the boys there sometime.

Anonymous said...

We thank Lumpy and his Mom for coming to the bindery and sharing their experience with others!