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

To answer your questions the sizing used is paste (no cross-linking there)
that helps the graphite bond to the edge and itself. That said, if I were to
rub over the top with my finger or a rag I might pick something up, but at
the end of the day it comes down to an assumption that the book will be
handled with care. The burnishing does set it down more, but is really there
to polish the edge so it "shines like a monkey's bum" as my Meister used to

The agate is set in handle, the tools sold as burnishers. It is highly
polished and perfectly smooth. Any defects, or even crud on it will cause
scratches in the edge. Same tool as used for gilt edges.

In terms of trying, use an old book, or pad of paper and follow the
instructions. They're really nice.

Hope this helps.

Peter D. Verheyen
Bookbinder & Conservator, PA - AIC
The Book Arts Web & Book_Arts-L Listserv 

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From: The Prints & The Paper [mailto:theprintsandthepaper@xxxxxxxxxxx] 
Sent: Wednesday, November 12, 2008 6:40 AM
To: Peter D Verheyen
Subject: 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.) ;-)


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