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Re: [BKARTS] query lifting spines

Polly Lada-Mocarski gave a great demonstration at a GBW meeting back when we met at the AIGA, must have been around 1971 or 72. She brought a motor with a long flexible cable that had a small sanding or grinding tool attached to the end.

First she adhered Japanese paper to the spine with flour paste. Then sliced the spine off the book with a thin blade. Once off, she used the power tool to remove the flesh from the back of the leather, making it thin like an onlay. The paper held it together, like it does when paring onlays.

After rebacking the book with new leather, she applied the old spine as an onlay. When dry, she moistened the paper and peeled it off, leaving a perfect old spine on the book.


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