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Re: [BKARTS] Peter Verheyen's books - Graphite Edges

Peter - thanks for the fascinating information! I'm not a bookbinder/artist
(except in my dreams....) but as a bookseller I try to inform myself on as
much as I can. It amazes me that this can be done without fear of offset or
rubbing transfer. (?) Does the graphite cross link with the sizing, or does
the burnishing compact it to the point that it no longer has "mark making"
properties, or do you just assume care in handling and shelving? Is your
agate a tool or simply a piece of polished stone. (We have tons of agates
here in Western Oregon, and in fact I have many that have been tumbled
smooth by the sea, and many that have been tumbled and polished in a
mechanical tumbler.) I'm of a mind to try this on some art paper, just to
see how it works. (I think I have an ancient can of fine graphite powder
around here somewhere....)

I promise that in my next life I'll be either a bookbinder, or a collector
of artists books. (Right now all I can do is collect books on artists
books.) ;-)


-----Original Message-----
From: Book_Arts-L [mailto:BOOK_ARTS-L@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx]On Behalf Of
Peter Verheyen

Thank you... You're not far off on the graphite edge. See
65.html> for more details. I got my graphite powder from Bookmakers ages
ago. TALAS sells it too. Important thing is to get the finest grade you can.
I burnish with an agate, but can also be done effectively without. Just not
as shiny.


Peter D. Verheyen
Bookbinder & Conservator, PA - AIC
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