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Sarah-Joy is the newest member of the Octavia Book Bindery family. SJ has spent the last few weeks learning how to take over the Thesis bindings at the studio, so that Robert has more time to work on the repairs and restorations. Consequently, we apologize that things have been a bit behind, training takes time, but she's doing a FANTASTIC job 🙂 Very happy to have her on board 🙂 ... See MoreSee Less
Perfection is something that we at the bindery strive for, it's a part of the trade and tradition. We were reminded today that sometimes falling short of the goal can have it's consequences.
I would like to remind you, my dear clients and friends, that we guarantee our work. That is, if it's not right the first time, we'll do our best to make it right. ... See MoreSee Less
Octavia Book Bindery added 2 new photos.
There are many cool projects that I've had the good fortune to work on over the years. This was Mitch's bible cover. There were about 30 hours of tooling in this beautiful book, owing to the detail. Once it was dyed, it was a beautiful tan colour, with the background painted just a little darker for contrast. ... See MoreSee Less
I would highly recommend Robert at Octavia Book Bindery!!!!! Nothing but top notch professionalism and an impeccable product. I'm very thankful for coming into contact with Robert to complete the binding of my husband's thesis. He easily took my ideas and crafted a beautiful book ~ piece of art! Many many thank yous Robert. 🙂 ... See MoreSee Less
Octavia Book Bindery shared their photo.
Being kind of decent at Photoshop is a part of my job here at the studio. This image is the end sheet from a book we were rebinding for a client. The left side was from the back of the book, the right side was from the front of the book. The two pieces were so torn and worn out, with a huge tear down the middle, and mold had destroyed entire sections --- not that you can notice in this image. This is the result of about 4 hours of Photoshop work. Perfection doesn't come cheap, but it sure is worth the effort. 🙂 ... See MoreSee Less
"Fairies Wear Boots", Photoshopped end sheets for a children's books.
Octavia Book Bindery added 4 new photos.
I love my job 🙂
Hand marbled end sheets, hand dyed leather, embossing die on front cover, raised bands on spine, onlay of original cover title, gold titling on spine. ... See MoreSee Less
If Octavia Bindery were to begin adding products to an online store, would you be interested? Most of our work is custom, but we are wondering if selling items such as journals, photo albums, and books from our publishing house might be of interest? What are your thoughts? Is this something you might like to see? ... See MoreSee Less
I've got amazing friends, and a wonderful team of brilliant people at my studio. I have my favourites, of course, but I am lucky as hell -- they are all GOOD and KIND and LOVING folk, with a mind to making this the best working environment ever. I'm glad that I get to work with you all. To those who are here now, and those who have come before, I raise to you my glass. Sláinte ... See MoreSee Less
You know, I love it when a great idea comes together and makes a huge change in what we do and how we do it around the bindery.
I had mentioned a few days ago that we were going to be adding some new equipment to the studio, and today I just got confirmation that our new high capacity duplexing colour printer is being delivered ASAP. This is the first time that I have leased a printer, and I am excited that it is going to be cheaper than our little office printer to run, but also of a much better quality.
I hate to be competing with our local print shops for business, so I will not be publically seeking print shop work, but at the same time, I wouldn't turn it away, either.
The benefits to you, my dear patrons and friends, is better quality printing than I've been able to procure before, and faster turnaround times for thesis bindings and small print runs. I hope that this is going to be a great step forwards for our company 🙂 ... See MoreSee Less
Octavia Book BinderyThank you Hms. This one's a Sharp, and the company we're leasing it from is run by a friend of mine, so the plus side is, that we're able to trade services 🙂1 month ago · 1
Hms Book BinderXerox or ricoh if you buy and know to do maintenance even cheaper and to maintaining the quality of printer1 month ago · 1
Wow, what a holiday season that one was !!! I'm so glad the deadlines are over. You wouldn't believe, the little lull between Christmas and New Years is a much needed few days off, but it also tends to get wasted sleeping and recovering. BUT, I'm back up and running, and I'm hoping that your new year is a great one.
We have a few goals for 2017 I'd like to share with you, my dear clients.
The first, is that we are going to be renovating the studio by adding in some new book cases and expanding the retail section of our store, but we are also bringing in some books from our publishing house and adding sundry items such as jewelry, more journals, and bookbinding supplies. I'll keep you up to date as we have news.
Secondly, I am going to be bringing in some helpers for this coming anticipated rush of thesis binding services. I was informed in November that Imagine Printing at the U of C will no longer be in operation as of January 2017, so I am very pleased to take on the extra work this will open up to us. Thesis binding students are welcome to contact us directly, and I am hoping that we can arrange some sort of drop off service at the university at some point, so that we can better serve you. Thesis binding can be confusing and stressful, and we want to make this as simple as possible for you.
And lastly, we are hoping to add in some new equipment to the studio this year, particularly a new CNC machine, a 3D Printer, a gold edge gilding machine, and some old style hand finishing tools, so that we can offer some new custom bookbinding options.
That's the news !!! I'm excited to see you all this year 🙂 I'm hoping that it's going to be a brilliant one 🙂
PS: I still didn't get a cabin vacation offered to me yet, so I'll ask again: if anyone has a cabin in Kaninaskis, Jasper, Banff, etc -- really, anywhere, then I'd very much love to borrow it for a weekend sometime soon. 🙂 ... See MoreSee Less
Paul TronsonMoney must be flooding in now mate with all these new purchases! it's an edge gilding m/c not "gold" edge....just sayin' And if you are using aluminium foils then each edge still needs to be sanded and washed with a pigment to reflect the colour of the "gold" and make sure the pigment is fast drying.....I only gild edges by hand using Armenian bole and black lead as the pigment a glaire and 24 carat gold leaf. You don't need glaire with foils but you do need to know what temperature the foils operate at...high, medium, low....You m/c should work well with a medium temperature foil .....My gift to you...happy New Year brother!2 months ago · 1
Well, my dear friends, family, and clients, the time has come. I am done. It is 7:00PM, Friday December 23, 2016. I have been working solid for three weeks in the studio, with only two evenings home, crashing most nights on the couch in the studio, working until 2-3, and sometimes even 4 or 5 AM, trying to get everyone's Christmas presents done on time. I fell a little short, not quite getting a couple of them finished before the deadline, but I am happy to say that I got most people's presents finished and delivered. I am incredibly tired, folks. I've been burning the candle at both ends, and I am burned out. I have two days off this year. Saturday and Sunday. My phone will be turned off. Please don't call this weekend. I love you all, but my head hurts, my hands are aching, and I am seeing things from lack of real sleep. I wish you all a Merry Christmas, and a safe holiday. And, hey, if any of my dear clients own a cabin in Kaninaskis that I can borrow for a weekend, your friendly neighborhood bookbinder is due a vacation. It's the only Christmas present I could ask for 😉 Santa doesn't pay his elves, and this old elf is in need of a massage or something. I am dying here !!! See you all after I get a decent sleep. And maybe some eggy nog. ... See MoreSee Less
Liz GillumSounds like you deserve that weekend break - I hope you have got it! Merry Christmas!2 months ago
I expected my book repair to be a long drawn out process, however the work was done very quickly and well under budget. Highly recommend. ... See MoreSee Less
Another late night working at Santa's workshop. Santa is no where in sight, he's left us elves to our own delight. So, off we go, making funny little books, thesis bindings, bibles, and things and such. One day left of burning the candle at both ends, falling behind, I hope I can make amends. I think I've got most everything done, but that's how it is when Christmas season comes. Too many jobs, and just not enough time, one would almost think that bookbinding were a crime. But it is what we elves love, it just gets a bit much -- unlike the other 365, we get no sleep during the crunch. So, if we fall amiss and don't reach our goals, please forgive these sad little trolls. We do what we can, we do it day and night, and we are burning out and getting no sleep, but there still is no end in sight. Good Christmas to all, and to all a good night !!! ... See MoreSee Less
Still at the studio. Four more hours until I have to force myself to sleep. Either way, one set of thesis bindings done. One large leather book finished, and four more leather bindings nearly ready for dying. Tomorrow is going to be a full day as well.
For the record, my friends, I have been working day and night at the studio until 2-3AM trying to get Christmas orders done. Overwhelmed. Busting my bottom. I haven't been home in nearly two weeks -- crashing on the couch so that I can make everyone's Christmas a bright one 🙂 ... See MoreSee Less
I did a little recording to show you some of the work that goes into your antique book restorations. First, we take your book apart, page by page in most cases, and then we get all of that old glue off, all of the scotch tape (which of course, a well meaning family member put there) and then we mend all of the torn pages with mulberry paper tissue and rice paste. The result is that the pages are fixed one at a time, and then collated back into order, and finally resewn. This book, which has about 1500 pages, took over a week and a half to do this process, and we still haven't started the resewing yet. Also, note that I am having to clean out the dust, dead mold, and (I assume) cat and dog hair (lots of dead insects, as well) from between the pages with the red fluffy paint brush. ... See MoreSee Less
Some serious damage to this lovely old book. Holes repaired and filled in with mulberry tissue and rice paste.
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