Finally, I’ve finished fixing up the book press. You may remember her condition from this post back in January.
Here’s what she looked like then:
And after much experimenting with WD40, citrus based cleaners, rustoleum, and phosphoric acid, here’s what she looks like today, covered in two coats of clear satin polyurethane:
The first webisode of Ben Shelton’s “FlipSide” just launched on Rainn Wilson’s YouTube channel “SoulPancake.” It’s a weekly series aimed at making you laugh–and then making you think.
Consider checking it out here.
P.S. I’ve also got a piece of my own work featured in the show. Keep your eye out for it!
The following is the fourth in a series of posts. Consider viewing Parts 1, 2, and 3.
After rebuilding the spine and cover, printing new title labels, and adding new endsheets, this copy of Thomas Merton’s Seeds of Contemplation can one again be enjoyed by anyone who happens to pull it off the shelf.
The following is the third in a series of posts. Consider checking out Part I and Part II.
I decided to print a plate containing a short explanation of the book’s history and restoration.
This is the second in a series of posts. For the first post, see Seeds of Contemplation: A Restoration (Part I).
While I could have built a nice clam shell box which would have allowed Seeds of Contemplation to sit comfortably undisturbed on a shelf, this didn’t seem appropriate. Unlike historical preservation work, my primary goal with this project was to make the book accessible again.
After liberating the text block from it’s original cover, I got to the task of building it a new one. This meant setting type and printing new titles.
In December of 1983 my dad gave his mom, my grandma Peggy, a copy of the book Seeds of Contemplation, a collection of poems by Thomas Merton. By 2011, this book was in dire need of restoration. Over the next several days, I will be posting on the restoration of this book. To start, here’s a photo of the original cover, after I removed it from the text block.
For the next post in this series, see Seeds of Contemplation: A Restoration (Part II)
One a several items I received from a friend in exchange for agreeing to put away a galley of lead type.
If you’re wondering, what a galley of lead type is, see this wikipedia article on Galley proof.
I just moved this firepit/BBQ into my backyard–looking forward to trying it out tonight! Soon: outdoor pizza making parties.