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Re: fountain of youth?



Is there a place for wax when binding a book in leather? Does wax always
cause leather to deteriorate over time?

I cannot recall wax having ever been mentioned in any book I have read on
bookbinding, I was wondering if this was the reason.

Can regular shoe wax, like Kiwi wax, be used or is such wax so loaded with
modern silicone additives that its use is inappropriate?

From: "Richard Minsky" <minsky@MINSKY.COM>
To: <BOOK_ARTS-L@LISTSERV.SYR.EDU>
Sent: October 19, 2000 10:58 AM
Subject: Re: fountain of youth?


> Dorothy is right. Additionally, you have to be careful when you "seal"
> the leather. Moisture is important in the leather. If you seal it when
> it's dry, whether with wax or oil, it will hasten deterioration. Be sure
> the leather has the correct amount of internal moisture when oiling or
> waxing.
>
> Some people have written off oiling leather as bad. A lot depends on how
> the leather was tanned. As I recall from my short stay in Northampton
> (England--the National Leathersellers' Centre school of tanning), it is
> the "fatliquoring" stage when the leather is "lubricated." Perhaps David
> Lanning and Jack Thompson can clarify this. My inclination at that time
> was to leave fatliquoring out when tanning skins for binding, to improve
> the "toolability" of the leather on the book. After tooling it can be
> oiled with with BM, Marney's, or a straight mix of lanolin & neatsfoot
> oil with no beeswax.
>
> --
>         Richard
>         http://minsky.com
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