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Re: [BKARTS] Heated Forming Iron for Re-Shaping Spines?

Hi, Bill.
Yes... for almost all restoration of antiquarian books, your suggestions are great. In particular, though, I'm wondering about a better way to handle modern Bibles: usually poorly constructed, always with no rounding or backing and almost always with odd contours to spine and foredge... perhaps an intense study in Nehemiah, for example, that causes any newly applied headbands to have more twists and turns than the book of Genesis. Too, modern glues that don't respond to moisture, and the need for a quick reshape to keep costs down on simple limp leather rebinding. 
I've experimented with a hot air gun, a heatlamp setup from an old Therma-Bind rig, and my tooling hot plate, but am thinking a heated form would work great. I'd love to hear of others who've solved this one.

Bob Roberts

-- William Minter <wminter@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
If my recollection is correct, you ask some very interesting and  
challenging questions, which is very good.

I have not worked with the plates that you describe, and I can only  
guess how and why they were used. But rather than speculate, I will  
offer two comments regarding the question of re-rounding spines:
1)   If you have removed the old spine linings, and thus have cleaned  
the spine, you should be able to reshape the spine while it is still  
damp and ready for relining.
2)   The spines of some bound books may have taken on a cocked shape  
since the book was most likely used only from front to back. A trick  
that I have used quite successfully, and probably used by many  
others, but may not be written anywhere:  To open the book from the  
Back to the Front, carefully running one's hand down the gutter. If  
this is done a few times, and the book is reshaped when the covers  
are closed, this seems to correct many of the troubles. Then the  
reshaped book can be stored under a weight for a period of time to  
help refresh its memory. Of course, this same trick could be tried on  
a newly relined book, just as opening from the front to the back, and  
then from the back to the front  should be done on any new book.
Bill Minter

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