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Octavia Book Bindery    1040 – 8th Ave SW    (587) 700 – 6575

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Not too many muscles. Just enough. That old guillotine needs all of SJs strength and weight to cut through a stack of board. Robert, on the other hand, can do it with a single finger.
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Dale RossettiShe has just about as many as you, me, or Macho Man Randy Savage. They may not be as large, but she uses them quite effectively and efficiently. Mechanical advantage also helps.

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Erin DoweImpressive, most impressive...but you are not a Jedi yet!

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"Me, too", says Robert.
"I, as well", says Britt.
"Also, Me", sayeth the David.
"Moi, aussie", mutters Jon.

THIS is why we all get along so well.
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Book keeping. Finding all of those old receipts and photocopying the invoices so that we can get on top of all of the things. The thing is, as much as it sounds rather crazy -- I'm excited about paying my taxes. I'm excited to find out what we have earned, and looking back at the past year, I see what we've done with the place, the great people we've met, and the fun jobs we've tackled. It's a great business, and having the chance to reminisce about the past year is fun. I don't know, maybe I'm a little weird. But getting the books straightened out? I love that idea. It also helps us get our budget straightened out so that we can start paying off Robert's student loans... ... See MoreSee Less

Our friend Steve donated a few hundred LP records to our collection this past week. I love taking the time to make thank you gifts. We'll enjoy the music. Thanks again, Steve.

Our record collection is NOT for sale, but we do cull the collection of doubles and sell these every so often in order to pay for new stereo equipment. We have collected over 6000 LP's, 45's, and 78's, and are always on the lookout for vintage stereo equipment and music from any era -- so long as it's in Record form (no tapes or CD's, please).
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Thank you for the wonderful gift. I can't wait to start filling this with my travel journal notes and random sketches. ... See MoreSee Less

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Close up of our new T-Shirts.
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We all got matching t-shirts. New office uniform 🙂

"What Mama Don't Know Won't Hurt Her" -- with a picture of Roy Orbison tattooed on his butt.

I don't know why, it just completely suited our collective personality. LOL
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Apprenticeships and Volunteers

We do not hire people off the street to work in the bindery.

Training costs THOUSANDS of dollars, because we require both SPEED and ACCURACY. Most people are too slow, or waste too much material, or are not meticulous enough. PRECISION, to the tenth of a millimetre. And it definitely helps if the person is already a fine artist capable of knocking off a relatively good copy of the Mona Lisa -- sorry, it's just THAT precise. And we don't have the time to mess around. We don't have the budget to throw at people who flake out (and since I've been running this show, we've had tons of people flake out).

For the record, though, as Sarah-Joy, Brit, and anyone else I have hired over the years has discovered, I only hire from the pool of people who hang out and show that they really want to learn what we're doing here. They are team members before they are employees. SJ and Brit both hung out for months before we had a position for them. We need to know that they fit in with our culture. We need to know that they are team players. We need to know that they have the talent and the ability to do what we do. We need to know if they are reliable and capable. We need to know that they can listen to instructions, and that they won't forget how to do something the next day we show them.

You see, Bookbinding SOUNDS like a fun job, and it really is a fun job. The studio is AMAZING to work in. There is so much creativity, so much brilliance, and it is lucrative (if you're any good), but it is also EXACTING, and UNFORGIVING.
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Noranda ArnettSounds like fun to meeeee

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Please, just dont. I know it seems like a good idea at the time, but TAPE is the devil. Resist the Tape-tation. ... See MoreSee Less

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It's 11:28 pm. Still mapping out page repairs and taking apart this text block on this old family bible restoration. 30 dried flowers found, two photos, one letter from WW2, and a palm cross. Flowers get thrown out and the rest go into an envelope. ... See MoreSee Less

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Octavia Book BinderySorry that I look grumpy. I'm not. 😛

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Octavia Book BinderyNot very good at selfies. LOL

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Bradford W. Bebbgot any tour vids of your shop?

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Mac J. Sausei gotta cool book i wanna show you this week! its OOOOOLD

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Working late. Enjoying taking apart bibles page by page.
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Working late tonight tackling this big stack of family bibles. That begins with taking apart the books, starting with the sewing and paper repairs. It's currently 8:44pm. I'll be at this one until around 11:00, just taking it apart page by page, putting post its on damaged sheets that need to be repaired, and prepping for the cover repairs. I love my job. 🙂

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Working late tonight tackling this big stack of family bibles. That begins with taking apart the books, starting with the sewing and paper repairs. It's currently 8:44pm. I'll be at this one until around 11:00, just taking it apart page by page, putting post its on damaged sheets that need to be repaired, and prepping for the cover repairs. I love my job. 🙂 ... See MoreSee Less

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Octavia Book BinderyI was at this one until 11:44. It's now 12:10, and finished prepping a second one for cover repairs. It didn't need sewing, just new leather on the hinges and some new brass clasps that need to be fixed.

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Jenniefer Milot Pickupno swearing!

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Sarah-Joy Goode<3

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My Mom has been making me a quilt. If you look closely enough, the lights are puffed out to make them look like they're a little more 3D, and the kleenex box actually has a fluff of tissue coming out of the top. The keyhole at the bottom is my favourite part. (Thanks, Mom !!!) ... See MoreSee Less

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The studio is also a shelter for homeless vinyl. Today a brilliant selection of goodies came to us from our friend Steve. Thank you! ... See MoreSee Less

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Sorry that the blog has been on and off this past couple of months. We're trying to get caught up on orders, and enjoy the summer at the same time. Robert's backyard BBQ went off beautifully, and he got a good 20 hour long sleep in over the weekend, leaving him well rested and excited for the work week.

So, we've been tackling tons of thesis binding jobs, and getting many orders out of the way. We're still running a bit behind our usual schedule, which is normally 4-6 weeks, we're currently running at around 7 weeks. Robert would train another person to help out in this capacity, but we just don't have the budget for it, and if we raised prices, I'm afraid we'd be stuck in a bit of a no-man's zone concerning whether or not people bother to get their theses printed at all. We think the price at the moment is fair, and the best that the market can handle. Quality is important, and we don't want that to drop either, so, we'll be putting in a few more hours over the weekends, and giving Sarah-Joy more hours through the week to help get caught up.

The restorations/rebindings queue is still behind by a few months, but Robert has been taking on a lot of the smaller jobs to get them out of the way so that we can work on the overdue family bibles next week. He's got seven on the table that he'll be working on, in the hopes that these families will be able to get their books by Autumn. Fingers are crossed.

A few big changes around the studio, we're pleased to announce that we've hired a book keeper to help us get our books balanced and debts repaid over the next year. She's a recommendation by a friend of ours, and it looks like we're well on our way to getting ahead of the game. In addition, some of our clients may have noticed that we've hired our friend Brittany to get our studio organized, and she's calling clients whose jobs are finished and ready for pick up.

David's bookstore, Sigla Books, at the rear of the studio, has added hundreds of new books this summer. Check out his blog on Facebook, and at SiglaBooks.Com.

Oroboro was quite close to getting a new location near the Stampede grounds, but due to a HUGE miscommunication between the owner of the building, the book keeper, and the building manager, we were originally led to believe that the monthly would be $860, where it was really $2100. Quite a difference to find out at last minute when we were about to sign the contract and hand over deposits for the space. So, we're still looking for a location near downtown, with around 300-500 square feet of usable retail space and access to a bathroom. (Please, help us keep an eye open).

Thanks again for your patronage and keeping tabs on us. I am always excited when someone reaches out and says that they've been following the blog. It's incredibly exciting to hear from you, so, please, feel free to drop us an email and "Like" our Facebook page.

PS: Last thing, then we're gone for the long weekend -- The Sound Studio is ready to go !!! We're looking for new podcast ideas, hosts, and people to interview, so if you're interested, send us a hello 🙂
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One of my dear close friends has made me aware that we are unable to meet his demands. This is a man whom I love dearly, have known for decades, and whose library I have enjoyed for just as long.

The thing is, at this point in our queue, we can't give preferential treatment to anyone. He's as good as family, but we just can't do anything unless people pay for the RUSH fees. RUSH fees are spelled with CAPS because they are bloody expensive, and reserved for people in dire need. Like, life or death. Like, last minute. Like, gonna lose their jobs. I'm not one to judge, I have no idea.

I only know that when someone's in a rough spot, I'm always willing to help, I don't care what the cause. I know what it's like to be life or death, over a barrel, and no other options but to spend the emergency fund. I've been there -- brakes failed, water heater broken, wedding in three days. I get it. And I'm there to help. Because I understand. But it can't be for free, because I also know that human beings, being human beings, take advantage.

Gods, I wish that it wasn't the case, but I've got a book case full of Thesis Bindings and Bibles going back to the earliest part of my career that show that people will NOT pay their bill if they don't purposefully have to pay in advance. If only I could run a business on promises. (It's a REALLY BIG BOOK CASE!!! SERIOUSLY !!! )

So, my dear friend, who I've known for almost two decades -- I am truly sorry. If I wasn't so behind I'd be there for you. I know that you'll understand, because you've been my close friend for a few years and I do love you so -- but we both know, love doesn't pay my bills, or the bills of my employees, or the bills of the people who send me bills.

Love you, buddy, and thanks for keeping me real. XO
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You know, being in the studio on a day all alone, where my other team members are off for the day, makes me realize how much I rely on them to help me get things done.

Brit keeps us organised and calls clients to let them know that their jobs are done, and is helping keep the queue sorted and running smoothly.

SJ, besides being super-mom and apprentice all rolled into one package of fun-goodness, also keeps my spirits up throughout the day, and it's her hard core work ethic that helps keep me on the straight and narrow.

David, when he's in the bookstore, provides us with a ton of entertainment and intellectual conversation, and helps to keep customers busy looking at books.

Me, I'm all over the place. It's like Boss-Man-ADD -- there are so many things to keep on top of, including restoring and rebinding books. Clients, phone calls, vision keeper, studio stuff, design stuff, bookstore stuff, not to mention keeping the fridge stocked with drinkables (Don't want our staff going thirsty).

It's so good to know that they are needed, even when they're off doing other things. TEAM WORK 🙂
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Bradford W. Bebbglad to hear things are running smooth.

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