What can I expect with a hand bound book?

That no two, however similar, are ever quite the same.  A slight wrinkle here, and odd twist there, a peculiar lump yonder.  Despite striving for perfection there is always some little flaw, a small tell tale sign that it was produced by the hands of a human who loves what he does.  This is called character.

 

What makes your books different?

My books are special because of one simple fact:  I do not use materials that required the death or suffering of an animal.  I don't use silk or leather or cochineal or horse glue.  My materials must either be entirely synthetic or plant derived and whenever I can, fairly sourced.  That's my rule.  

As a result, I use a lot of thick & heavy papers with high rag content, usually old cotton or mulberry, with a high pH making them archivally and ecologically sound.  Recycled rag paper, Nepalese Lokta, Korean Hanji and Indian Khadi are excellent cover materials made and sold by native artisans.

 

Do you do custom bookbinding or accept art commissions?

The short answer is no.  The long answer is still no because I am offering what sprang into my imagination, my interpretation of what a book should be or how I feel a particular subject should be painted.  I'm offering the contents of my very being from a single moment in time, hoping that it will speak to someone.  If I took commissions or custom orders I wouldn't be putting my creativity out there, I'd merely be putting other people's notions up for sale thus it would become work instead of play and I just can't have that.

 

How should I care for a book or a painting?

Books and paintings should be protected from all liquids and not exposed to UV, especially from direct sunlight and nor should they be subjected to temperature and humidity extremes.  Fire also has a negative impact so watch those open flames.   Oxygen itself is a major scourge of art so limiting exposure to the open air whenever possible is a good idea.

Paintings and illustrations do best when they are professionally framed and securely hung.  Books are at their best when laying flat or on a bookshelf and closed when not in use.  Don't manhandle the spine or joints and your book will have the greatest likelihood of outliving you.

 

Do you do book repairs or art restoration?

Only on my own work for a fee which depends on the extent of the damage.  Naturally, I'll absorb all the costs if the damage is a direct result of a defect in my craftsmanship.