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Band +/or Team +/or Company
Merch +/or Swag +/or Product Fulfilment
Business +/or Service +/or Game. LOL

Our first official gig --

Driving Sideways Merchandise Order Form.

The band hands out copies of the postcard to all people coming through the door, and announces it during the show. The form serves two purposes:

(1) The audience can join the mailing list via the band's FAN CLUB, and

(2) The audience can commit to purchasing the band's Merch. This allows for several future invitations to purchase tickets to future shows, upcoming band CD's, limited edition swag, and any other marketing opportunity that arises.

Additionally, as a sort of side benefit, (3) the band isn't tempted to drink away all of their merch money, it gets paid as a cheque to the band's management when all of the orders are handled.
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Octavia Book BinderyA recent interaction, to show how the new system works: You getting the updates ? I just finished the order form for you. I'll print off a couple hundred. I'm excited to get this up and running for you. We're putting it all together as a merchandise fulfilment division of Octavia. You're in good hands. The band does NOT take money for sales, we'll call them after the show, all you need to do is hand out the forms at the front door, and announce them two or three times during the show. Make sure to collect all of the forms as well, otherwise your'e losing out on all of that opportunity. Note the Fan Club stuff at the bottom. Oh, and if you can get the sound guy to record the show through the sound board, that would be awesome. We could turn it into a CD and sell that along side of anything else, and also post it to the Soundcloud and Facebook pages. Its a great way to increase the impact. If you can get someone to take video, we can start putting together an electronic press kit for you. I'd recommend that they also do a few interviews with audience members and staff after the show and during intermissions, so that it has more impact. When you're good to go, I'll put together a letter agreement for you. Once we've fulfilled the orders and got the fan club mailing list up and running for you, it'll basically pay for itself. You get a cheque for a percentage of profits, less handling fees. Also, we'll take care of all of the merch updates and the mailing list as well. Lets us come up with more merch ideas, like T-shirt designs and such. Bring extra pens.

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A new division for Octavia that we've been contemplating for a while, and are in the middle of implementing right now, is a Print-On-Demand Band / Team Merch. Need T-Shirts? Leggings? Hoodies? Caps/Hats? Coffee Mugs? Tote Bags? Throw Pillows? Beach Towels? Canvas Prints? All we'd need is your logo or artwork, and we could make it happen. Because it's a P.O.D. Fulfilment order service, we place your order for you, manufacturing time is approximately two weeks, plus priority shipping from our Merchandising Partner either direct to your office, to your client's address, or to the Octavia Studio ( We'll quality control to make sure it's PERFECT). Do you need a design team to work on your logo or merchandise? Absolutely, we can arrange that for you! We work with local artists who are happy to work with you. Need a logo? Band poster? T-Shirt design? We can make it happen. Give us a call to get started 🙂 (587) 700 - 6575 And the best part? You don't need to spend a single dollar to get started. We have a boiler plate order form for your customers, complete with all of the merchandise we offer -- they fill it out, we fulfil the order, a few weeks later, they get their products directly in the mails.

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A new division for Octavia that we've been contemplating for a while, and are in the middle of implementing right now, is a Print-On-Demand Band / Team Merch. Need T-Shirts? Leggings? Hoodies? Caps/Hats? Coffee Mugs? Tote Bags? Throw Pillows? Beach Towels? Canvas Prints? All we'd need is your logo or artwork, and we could make it happen.

Because it's a P.O.D. Fulfilment order service, we place your order for you, manufacturing time is approximately two weeks, plus priority shipping from our Merchandising Partner either direct to your office, to your client's address, or to the Octavia Studio ( We'll quality control to make sure it's PERFECT).

Do you need a design team to work on your logo or merchandise? Absolutely, we can arrange that for you! We work with local artists who are happy to work with you. Need a logo? Band poster? T-Shirt design? We can make it happen. Give us a call to get started 🙂 (587) 700 - 6575

And the best part? You don't need to spend a single dollar to get started. We have a boiler plate order form for your customers, complete with all of the merchandise we offer -- they fill it out, we fulfil the order, a few weeks later, they get their products directly in the mails.
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Learn how to bind beautiful, custom-covered books!

OCTAVIA BOOK BINDERY will be running the Introduction to Bookbinding Workshop on January 27, from 10AM to 4PM, and the follow up class Structure of the Classic Book (Introduction to Bookbinding Workshop Part 2) on January 28, from 10AM to 4PM. Both workshops will be taught by Calgary's own Master Book Binder, Robert L. Angus.

The second class requires participation in the first, each class is $200 ($400 for the whole weekend, if you would like to attend both). Materials for the classes will be an additional $50 per class (For a total of $500 for both classes and supplies). Class will break for a 1 hour lunch at 1:00 PM each day.

Class size is limited to eight people, and are offered on a first come, first served basis.

A group rate discount of 10% will be offered on bookings of 2 or more persons.

During this 2 day, 10 hour weekend workshop you will learn:
4 simple book binding techniques
Learn the basic process & skills of book-binding
Bind your own small book or journal (materials provided)
How to create & bind larger, hardcover books

Please call Robert at (587)700-6575 to schedule your booking.
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Traditionally, Thesis binding is done by apprentices, so that they can learn how to bind books PERFECTLY. Thesis binding is a relatively simple job, it is a case bound book with sewn interior. But because it is so simple, it is also very, very difficult, there is no room for mistakes, every mistake is glaringly obvious, which makes it the perfect instruction tool for apprentices to learn on.

Octavia Bindery Guarantees our work. If it's not perfect, we'll make it perfect. Our books are made by hand. They are quality controlled by hand.

We are craftspeople, we take pride in our work. We do the best job possible. That's why we're the only bindery in Calgary doing professional grade work for graduate students.
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An example of a trade paperback upgraded to a leather-bound book. This copy of Aesop's Fables has been bound in sheepskin and dyed to appear antique. The exquisite marbled endsheets are hand-made by Robert Wu. Bring in your favourite book for an elegant rebinding today!
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TREAT YO'SELF!
For the consummate book lover, nothing beats a leather-bound book. Octavia book bindery can rebind your favourite books so you can have the library you deserve. Hand-dyed and hand-tooled, each book becomes a unique piece of art.
Treat yourself- bring in your favourite book for a decadent upgrade!
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Gosh, I sure do miss doing cool jobs like this one. Might just do something like this as a new guestbook for the studio. A really big one, like, 12" x 14". Fancy as heck. If I can find the time after hours. There are around 15 leather books to get done this week, though, so I'm going to have to get this batch done, first. They're cool enough, don't get me wrong, but it's not often that I get clients who want to spend money on really neato custom work. New guestbook. Done. I'm going to tackle that one as soon as possible.
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INTRODUCTION TO BOOKBINDING WORKSHOP

OCTAVIA BOOK BINDERY will be running the Introduction to Bookbinding Workshop on January 27, from 10AM to 4PM, and the follow up class Structure of the Classic Book (Introduction to Bookbinding Workshop Part 2) on January 28, from 10AM to 4PM. The second class requires participation in the first, each is $200 ($400 for the whole weekend). Materials for the classes will be an additional $50 per class (For a total of $500 for both classes). Class will break for a 1 hour lunch at 1:00PM.

Class size is limited to eight people, and are offered on a first come, first served basis. A group rate discount of 10% will be offered on bookings of 2 or more persons.

Please call Robert at (587) 700 - 6575 to schedule your booking.
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Andrea AbramsRight now live a little too far away to come, but dropping a line to say that I am very much interested in this programming. =]

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Kymm HinterbergerThe commute from Portland would be a bit much. Lol

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Mac McDougallaww always missing cool stuff on the weekend

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Big, small, we fix them all. We LOVE repairing your old books.
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Custom Book and Printing Jobs, Big or Small

Octavia Book Bindery does a lot of work binding PhD graduate theses and municipal council meeting minutes as well as creating special leather-bound, collectable tomes for corporations. However, much of Robert’s expertise is put into restoring and customizing books from private collections and printing wedding invitations and posters on the bindery's antique letter presses.

Robert glues leather corners to the edges of a handmade, marbled paper hardcover for a copy of By Grand Central Station I Sat Down and Wept by Elizabeth Smart. It's a customer’s favourite book. “She wanted a nice leather copy for her library. Quite literally it’s the only one of its kind,” he says.

Octavia also restores a lot of family bibles and hymnals. Later, Robert displays one he's working on. It's inscribed with a handwritten message dated 1906. “You can’t lose that sheet on the inside of the cover. It’s the valuable part. It has the owner's parents’s signature in it. That’s important.” He will spend hours with tweezers and a razor blade to lift the sheet with the signature from the old book and transplant it to its new cover.

Octavia Book Bindery restores and customizes books.
The bindery restores and customizes books as well as printing wedding invitations and posters on its antique letter presses.
Electronic Publishing, Podcasts and Just Hanging Out
Octavia Book Binding is also in the business of book publishing and audio production. Robert works with Amazon’s on-demand printing services to publish custom books for authors. The list of subjects includes poetry, family histories and professional business development. Print-on-demand allows authors to enjoy worldwide distribution and to make copies of their books as needed rather than committing to printing hundreds or thousands in one shot.

The book bindery also operates a recording studio geared to producing podcasts and audio books. “Where I come in is being able to help people publish their podcasts and market them,” says Robert.

Intrigued? Every Friday afternoon, Octavia hosts a book club/discussion group/excuse-to-hang-out in its bookshelf-crammed alcove. For the uninitiated, it’s a good way to see what the shop is all about: books new and old.
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Facebook has announced major changes to the newsfeed coming in the next few weeks. From the sound of things--- posts from pages are going to be largely removed from the newsfeed, and you’ll be seeing more posts from friends and family.

The media world is not very happy about it, as it is basically a cash grab in order to raise the price of their advertising platform out of the reach of small businesses. They make us pay to have an audience, then they make us pay again to reach that audience. I've always found it to be a bit of a scrubby way of doing business. But, that has always been the case in advertising, social media is no different. We use it in a slightly different way -- to let people know what we're up to, and we port our feed directly to our website. It's much easier than just having a blog that no one knows to look for, as it's right there on Facebook should they choose to look us up.

I think it’s a good thing. My newsfeed was starting to feel a bit like a carnival or a casino. Anything to grab attention. We at Octavia enjoy using Facebook to share in the small happy moments of our day, the projects, the shenanigans, and to keep you all up to date with our goings on. We plan on posting a lot more in 2018, especially as the Facebook Page links directly to our website's Front page That's not going to change, but you may have to seek it out by coming directly to the page or to the website. I am not so naive to believe that people will seek us out directly, but it still serves its original purpose.

We will also be pushing our images and posts to other platforms, specifically, Kijiji, other facebook pages and groups, and places like Yellow Pages and Yelp. When one well dries up, one ought to have another at hand.

As always, thanks for following along and making all this possible. Have a great 2018!
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Robert is building a new project in his evenings, the Octavia Games Company. I guess it's time to start showing some of the projects that he's been up to when he's not making luxurious books, now he's getting into making luxurious games. Here are some of his newest designs, based on two 19th Century cast brass cribbage sets. He plans on carving them out of decorative hard woods and leather, precious and semi-precious gems and metals, fossilized ivory, and other beautiful items. ... See MoreSee Less

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Query:

This week you lost three different customers since you never were open during your posted hours! Even though one of your EMPLOYEES WAS IN THE STORE, HE REFUSED TO TALK to me. To complete the story, nobody ever answers the phone... great service looks different

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Sir, not everyone who works at the studio is an "employee". The bookstore owner knows nothing at all about bookbinding, nor does the sound studio tech, nor do our editors nor do our publishers, nor does the designer, or the janitor, for that matter.

Business doesn't only happen in one place, either. If I am in a meeting with a bank manager, I will not insult his time by answering the phone while in a meeting.

I will, on the other hand, call back clients as soon as I am physically able to. They do not go ignored, nor are they treated poorly, nor with the kind of disrespect and condescension that see coming from your note, here.

I am fully capable of choosing my clients, just as you are of choosing the services you use. Since I am the only bookbinder in the city, it does sometimes put me at odds with trying to be everything for everyone. But I will not put up with rude behaviour from anyone. Ever. I do not deal with other people's entitlement issues whatsoever.

I am more than willing to "fire" rude clients. And when I am finally through calling everyone that missed me this morning while I was in an important meeting, I will be sure to recommend another bindery for you once I get to your number (I see that you dialed me 6 times this last hour). The nearest custom bindery anything near on par with our own, short of coil binding, is in Toronto, or Vancouver. There is a sub par bindery in Edmonton whose craftsmanship is not very good, and I also know that if you come to him with that kind of haughty attitude, he'll just hang up the phone on you.

Treat people with kindness, maybe you'll get your needs fulfilled. Treat the only bookbinder in the city like he's your servant, he'll double the price on you and take three times as long to get things done, just to show you that he's not to be spoken to in such a manner.
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Again, folks, we'll be closed today. I'm being kidnapped by my team and being forced to relax in the hot springs in Banff. Never been there, so this is going to be an adventure. If you need anything, please give me a shout first thing in the morning tomorrow, and you'll have my undivided attention. Thanks for understanding !!! ... See MoreSee Less

Octavia Book Bindery was kicking it.

DUE TO FAMILY EMERGENCY
(read: Robert's being kidnapped...)
OCTAVIA WILL BE CLOSED
(...to take a one day vacay in Banff...)
TUESDAY, JANUARY 9, 2018.
(But he'll be back on Wednesday.)
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Octavia Book BinderyDid you know that, in spite of living in Calgary for nearly 24 years, Robert's never been to Banff? (Or seen an ocean, or been out of Canada, has been virtually prairie bound his entire life, and hasn't had a proper vacation in over 10 years?)

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Octavia Book BinderyREALLY, I need the day off. Hardly ever happens. I'm being forced into a Banff Hot Springs Staff Party by my team, because they see me turning grey and are afraid that means impending heart attack.

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Bonnie DalkeithMy dad would take me to Banff for the day.I lovedit

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Well, after a friend cancelled our hang out session Friday night, I ended up staying in the studio until 6Am working on the Haliburton bindings. Covers are almost ready for stamping, just need to do the turn ins and stamping on the covers. But that will have to wait, I'm exhausted now, and am kind of wondering if it might be fun to catch the train home at 6:30 in a Saturday morning, or if I'll fall asleep on the train and wake up in Somerset, pockets turned out by hooligans and drooling on myself, some stranger complaining about my snoring.

SJ says that I seem to get a ton of work done at night when I hang out at the studio until dawn, and it's rather true -- no distractions, and I focus better when there are no other people around, really. I put on an audiobook or a podcast channel and jusgetterdun.

I did a bit of design research as well, and found a few antique cribbage boards that I'm interested in making. (Love cribbage). When we can afford to upgrade the CNC machine to a larger 4 axis (we have a 3 axis right now, it does things like signs and plaques, and the 4 axis does 3D objects like chess pieces and sculptures), I want to do some really awesome game pieces, like old style ornate draughts and chess pieces out of fancy hardwoods and leather.

All in good time. (PS: If someone brought us $6000 in work, you know, leather re-bindings on a shelf full of books, and said specifically to spend that money on that new piece of equipment, I'd totally buy it ASAP....just sayin').
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NOTE: This is NOT my work, and I am in no way affiliated with Joe Fenton, but THIS is the kind of artwork that I'm going to be spending my evenings doing at home, to create limited edition photo albums and such this coming few months.

I picked up the materials and tools earlier in 2017, and have a ton of ideas sketched out and ready to go, but it was just too busy for me to commit the time to the projects -- this and designing products for our new Octavia Games Company <Leather and Letterpress and Wood and Gems and Metals and Old Fashioned Games> So, my evenings will be spent making brilliant products -- it's been a plan in the works for years, but now is finally becoming a reality.

You might remember that last summer my friend Sheldon helped me fulfill one of my Childhood Dreams -- purchasing a 3' x 4' etching press, and all of the supplies for producing custom print products such as block printed posters, wood cuts, and other AMAZING art ideas -- I'm also building a set of letterpress blocks for a series of limited edition playing card decks, based on antique decks from the 1600's - 1800's.

Anyhoos, check this out -- it's one of the irons in the fire -- an artist is never off of the job, even when he's supposed to be at home wasting time watching television and drinking with friends. (No time for TV, no time for pubs).

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This is a short film that was created over a 3 month period documenting the creation process of - Pater- 2014 - By Joe Fenton

Sarah Joy and I often chat about how much we love doing legacy work -- that is, family bibles, memoires, wedding albums, remembrance books, etc -- you know, the things that keep family tradition alive and pass on history from one generation to the next. They fill us with a sense of meaning in our work, and a purpose to constantly improve what we do.

Thanks again, Quigley family, for sharing your Christmas with us !!! It was a grand pleasure to work on your Family Bible.
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