A Book a Day? What's Up With That?

Hi, and welcome to this year-long project. So what's this all about and how did it happen, you might ask. In mid 2007, artist Noah Scalin decided to make a skull out of anything he could find, every day for a year. It stretched him in ways he never imagined, as an artist, a writer and a person. His experience turned into a blog that went viral, and then a book.

Others have picked up on the idea: 365 Hearts, 365 Masks, 365 Bears drawn on a cellphone, 365 paper napkin mustaches.
I wanted to play, too, and I chose books. I love books, I know a bit about making books (thanks to my talented book-maker sister, Marilyn Worrix), and they're broad enough in definition to give me a lot of creative leeway.

The whole point is not really the books. The idea is to stretch myself in many ways as an artist and a person, to set up a discipline, stick with it and see what that teaches me.

I hope you'll join with me and follow along on the journey chronicled here, and let me know what you think.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Day 19 - Wood and Wire Stab Binding

This is a stab binding book with covers made of 1/4" solid birch. The wood has been cut, sanded, and stained and then had the holes drilled for the binding. I've had the wooden covers for this book cut for some time, but never did anything with them.

The hinge on the front is made from black bookcloth. I've usually done this type of binding with thread or other cord. This time I decided to use 16 gauge copper wire. It was more difficult than I imagined. The wire tends to kink. I spiraled the ends and used a hammer to flatten and texture the wire. The book measures 6"x8"x3/4"thick. The pages are white text paper.

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