The Soul and the Hand

Thus the soul resembles the hand.  The hand is the most perfect of organs, for it takes the place in man of all the organs given to other animals for purposes of defense or attack or covering.  Man can provide all these needs for himself with his hands.  And in the same way, the soul in man takes the place of all the forms of being, so that through his soul a man is, in a way, all being or everything; his soul being able to assimilate all the forms of being–the intellect intelligible forms and the senses sensible forms.

Thomas Aquinas, Commentary on the De Anima, Book II, Lectio 13

Restoring a “Blook” (aka Box for a Decanter Set)

Here are three 19th century French books that were transformed into a box for a decanter set.  They were once actual books, by the way, not just book-lookalikes.  IMG_0606IMG_0607

I stripped the old brittle leather and sanded the surface.  Then relined it with new paper and used new goatskin to cover all the places where leather should be.  It was surprisingly challenging to cover nonfunctioning books.  The leather had to be pared and fitted into such odd shapes and crevices.   IMG_0653image1image2

I was able to salvage the label from the bottom book, and I created two new labels with the client’s favorites titles.  Then I hinged the two parts of the box together, as the client remembered from her childhood.IMG_0660IMG_0661

New Year, New Shop

I am sad to say bye bye to Taurus Bookbindery, the shop in the Mission neighborhood of San Francisco where I have worked since 2008 both as an employee and independently.  After almost three decades, they have closed their doors as of December of last year.  It hasn’t sunk in for me yet that this place won’t be around anymore, my constant all these years.image1 (1)

But life (and business) goes on…in OAKLAND!  Many changes already in 2016 and I’m grateful for all of them, especially for all of my loyal and wonderful and thoughtful clients who continue to surprise me with how much they love books.  Photos of the new shop to come.  Wishing you all a prosperous new year.

A Lodge Bible

This bible had been repaired once before.  The corners had been added on for protection (?).  This bible is similar to a family bible but it has always belonged to a community.IMG_0450IMG_0451IMG_0452

And after!IMG_0493IMG_0494I removed the corners but you can still see a hint of the past.  That’s okay.  It’s like a tan line.IMG_0497