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Re: [BKARTS] Springback Binding

Robert, photos look great and glad you were able to retain some of the old springs.

No tutorials on the springback in "The Bonefolder," but I do have two tutorials online at:

German Style <http://www.philobiblon.com/springback>
English Style <http://www.philobiblon.com/springback-eng/index.html>

Not sure which version Karen demo'd, but spring thickness/strength is directly tied to the size of the book... Bigger book, bigger spring. And, taking the German one as an example, on a small book with 98pt boards, those 98pts of built up paper/card make for a very stiff spring... No slackers there. Matter of fact it's very easy to make it too stiff.

Enjoy, p.

Quoting "roroberts@xxxxxxxx" <roroberts@xxxxxxxx>:

Hi, All.
I've been working on a bunch of old springback bindings and have posted a few photos at
We were able to use original springs when still present but needed new springs for some. We were able to capture the right arcs by using heavy cardboard tubes, a table saw, belt sander, etc. I recall the Bone Folder featuring an article on a very lightweight spring (cardstock) and watched Karen Hanmer demonstrate this in her studio for the Chicago Hand Bookbinders. These are quite massive (1/4" to 3/8" thick) and very sturdy.

Bob Roberts The Gilded Leaf: Fine Bookbinding & Restoration 1149 Walker School Road, Maryville TN 37803 (865) 380-5759 www.gildedleafbindery.com


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