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

Ouch, that dark brown came out way too dark. All good, I had a black bible the same size due this month, as well. ... See MoreSee Less

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Yes, mistakes happen, I hate to admit. We guarantee our quality of work, so that means fix the mistakes. These University of Calgary graduate thesis bindings had a U and an A interposed. So, we erase the lettering as cleanly as possible, then stamp in the new lettering. It is tedious work, and costly in time and cost. But the result is getting things right.

If we can't fix it, we'll replace the cover. Your books are worth it, and we appreciate your business.
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We have some new Journals available !!! Coming soon to Octavia Book Bindery. Pre-Order yours by calling us at (587) 700 - 6575
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The thing is, most bibles are VERY cheaply made. Manufacturers cut corners every which way they can. This one? Absolutely no mulling, so it's completely missing any reinforcing to the joints and spine. All too common.
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Late night paper mending session turned into an early morning paper mending session. It's 4AM. ... See MoreSee Less

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I wouldn't rather be anywhere in the world than right here. This studio is my idea of Heaven. I love my job. Fixing your books, building your family legacy, crafting heirlooms that your family will love and covet for generations -- that is my life's purpose.

This trashed atlas would have been any other mans garbage. To this client, it was Gran's Atlas. Her heart is in this book. Memories are in this book. Legacy is in this book. It could have been replaced with some other copy off of the internet for $5. But it doesn't have Gran in it. It doesn't carry the stories, the joys, the connection, the roots. I love getting to rebuild this book. I can feel that woman in it, her smile, her hugs, her stories.

There is nothing better in this world than what I do.
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Thank you so much. This post has put tears in my eyes. I can't wait to see the final product.

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It’s so intriguing how you guys do this awesome work!!! Can’t wait to see results.

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What you do fascinates me!

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Felicitaciones y sigue disfrutando

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Yay!

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loving the passion

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A facsimile copy of the 6th and 7th books of Moses. Hand dyed leather, hand tooled blind and copper foiling. Endsheets are marbled paper by Robert Wu. Printed on cream paper. Bound by hand at Octavia Book Bindery for a private collection.
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Some quick changes to our site are coming up. Let me know if it looks okay. I'll be putting links to all of our pages and such to the left sidebar so that it's easier to navigate and find the services that you're looking for, and also we're about to add in TWO different catalogues to the site -- our publishing house catalogues and price lists in the form of a FREE PDF download, an online store page for bookbinding related products (Because many hobbyists have asked if we have leather, board, and cloth for sale, so, why not?) and finally, a store for products that we have in the studio for sale, but that you may actually want to buy here and have us mail it to you. We sell tons of neat things, not just books (Robert designs tons of cool products).

So, that is a thing. 🙂
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So far this week, and a few more in the press. It's 4:30am. Time to go home, maybe?
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Octavia Book BinderyPadauk, an African hardwood. Its only been polished with beeswax, so this is almost its original colouring.

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Nice! What material did you make the skull and rose motifs from?

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Pulling all nighters always seems like a great idea at the time, but then the next morning hits and I'm virtually useless. Ah well, work day two of insomnia at half pace and try to get some sleep tonight.

Either way, got tons done 🙂 I'll slog it through the next few hours and try to tackle this dictionary that is supposed to be done for Friday. And this book of poetry. And these leather journals. And. And. And. ...
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3:10AM. And people wonder why I stay at the studio so late. These oak skulls are being machined for a client's custom journal.

You see, a friend of mine, Marc Bourbon (He's a menswear fashion designer, so if'n you're in the market for a custom suit, shirt, or need to have your wardrobe updated, this is THE MAN you go to. Quality, we live our lives by it) commissioned a nice book for a buddy of his, who was going away to Asia for a much needed vaycay (I've never had one ... but that's an aside). His belongings got stolen, along with the custom journal. Sad story.

So, after he 'fessed up to the loss (seriously, he felt super bad, and didn't want to tell us that he lost such a beautiful book), I decided to replace it with something more amazing than the original.

Memento Mori, as they say. I hope that he loves how this one turns out.
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Nice work

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