Seeds of Contemplation: A Restoration (Part II)

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.

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Seeds of Contemplation: A Restoration (Part I)

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.

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For the next post in this series, see Seeds of Contemplation: A Restoration (Part II)

First paid letterpress gig

Last week I was offered my first paid gig as a bookmaker. My brother Ben (one of the duo that makes up SheltonFilms) needed a book prop for a shoot last Saturday.

If you ever find yourself needing to do the same, this is my process:

1. Purchase a cheap book from a thrift store, library, or used book store. Using wheat paste to loosen the glue, rip off the cover and end sheets.

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2. Make some new end sheets, and tip these in using PVA. Masking with painters tape before adding glue helps keep things tidy.

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3. Print a new cover on book cloth. This is off of the lockup featured last week.

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4. Wrap book cloth over old cover, glue to end sheets, and press!

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