Friday, April 27, 2012

Carbon Free Thinkers Festival in Halifax

Following on the heals of Earth Day, is the Carbon Free Thinkers Festival, here in Halifax tomorrow. The festival includes a youth conference on climate change and sustainability, as well as a market of local green businesses and artisans, demonstrating and selling their work. I'll be there doing some green bookbinding! If you're in Halifax, be sure to stop by the Dalhousie University student union building tomorrow, April 28th.

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Today is Earth Day

April 22nd is Earth Day. There are simple little changes we can make that will help ourselves, our environment, and our whole planet. Maybe today is a good day to make a small change to your routine that will help create a healthier environment. Visit for some suggestions on how to make it happen.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Case Binding Video Tutorial

I get a lot of questions from people who are starting to do some bookbinding and I try to give easy answers; but, technique is something that is hard to describe in an email message. One question I get, is how to case in a textblock and keep the endpapers straight. First of all, practice many times. It's easier the hundredth time. I thought it might be helpful show a video, so here is a clip of me as I case in a text block. If this step is one that you struggle with, maybe you will see something helpful in my technique. No guarantees, though. Sometimes my endpapers are still crooked!

Sunday, April 01, 2012

Edible Books

The first day of April has been the day for Edible Book Festivals for over a decade, and they happen all over the world. Although I didn't have the pleasure of participating in an event this year, I thought I would share some links to help spread the word about the "edible book"! International Edible Book Festival main website Photos from Edible Book Festival 2012 - University of Kansas Libraries Seattle Edible Book Festival, with photos each year starting in 2005. University of Texas at Austin Edible Book Festival, photo galleries since 2005 One of my all time favorites discovered on Flickr a few years ago: Rosenkrantz and Guildenstern are Bread Or just do a quick Google Images Search for Edible Book Festival images. You will find galleries of images from all over the world. For everyone who was fortunate to part of an event this year, I hope it was great fun!