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Our Latest Chapter

Our Latest Chapter

May 12, 2016

If you’re reading this, you may have noticed that our website and blog has just undergone a transformation. It’s been a long time coming, and we are thrilled to share our new website with you! We are proud of how far the company has come over the past 54 years, and continue to take pride … Read More

A Bookbinder’s & Book Enthusiast’s Guide to New York

A Bookbinder’s & Book Enthusiast’s Guide to New York

August 29, 2016

New York is full of cultural and historical sites.  From the Met, to the Statue of Liberty and everything else in between.  With so many places and neighborhoods, we understand it can be difficult to navigate which is why we have compiled the guide below.  This is far from a complete list, so please feel … Read More

What is the Upstairs?

What is the Upstairs?

July 26, 2016

Here at TALAS we have always dreamed of creating a space to foster the many skilled crafts practiced by our customers. Upstairs is the realization of that dream, in the form of both a physical location and an online resource. Located on the 3rd floor of the TALAS warehouse in East Williamsburg, Brooklyn (330 Morgan … Read More

Visit to the St Armand Paper Mill

Visit to the St Armand Paper Mill

June 14, 2016

Jake and Marge the special opportunity on our return trip from AIC (American Institute of Conservation) Conference in Montreal to visit David Carruthers and Denise Lapointe at the Saint-Armand Paper Mill. Wow, this mill is great.  David was so gracious to take himself away from the beater to give us an informed and thorough tour … Read More

Tycore:  Same product, better price!

Tycore: Same product, better price!

July 26, 2011

Tycore is Tough… and with its new and improved price, it’s practically indestructible! Tycore’s honey comb structure makes this material our most dimensionally stable board. That coupled with its pH neutrality (buffered to approx. pH 8), make it an ideal material for a variety of uses. Already a fan? Or just now familiarizing yourself? Either way, … Read More

Unbuffered Bond Paper, Re-purposed

Unbuffered Bond Paper, Re-purposed

March 30, 2011

Recently we were approached by a Marbler looking for a new paper to use in his work.Frustrated by the predominance of buffering agents raping the surfaces of otherwise desirable papers for this artistic medium… he came to us, desperately seeking an alternative solution.At first, the “regular” marbling papers were discussed – to name a few: … Read More

The Importance of Paper

March 10, 2011

Interesting video on the significance of well preserved and constructed documents. Want to learn more about Byron Weston paper? Check it out on our website here. Byron Weston Linen Record Ledger has been the National Standard for permanent records since 1863. For over 140 years Bryon Weston papers have continued to meet the highest standards … Read More

Cut Heritage Corrugated Boards!

Cut Heritage Corrugated Boards!

February 11, 2011

So, you’ve heard the buzz about our Heritage Corrugated Board, but you haven’t yet been able to purchase a full carton…… well, that’s no problem anymore as Talas now stocks Cut Sheets of Heritage Board! Choose from one of our inventoried sizes, or inquire about custom size sheets, shapes, etc. We are excited to introduce … Read More

Brush off 2010…

Brush off 2010…

January 17, 2011

… and welcome 2011 with the help of our new KOI Water Brushes! KOI water brushes are lightweight, sleek and perfect for artists and conservators. They are made of fine flexible nylon bristles and have a unique water reservoir. The water level is visual through the transparent barrel and the brushes are available in three sizes … Read More

Zund Cuts Leather!

Zund Cuts Leather!

December 20, 2010

Not only has the Zund been proven wonderful at cutting boards, papers, etc. but it rose to the challenge when presented with leather! The image above shows Harmatan Goatskin (brown) and Hewits Calfskin (scarlet). Talk about a precise inlay!

Slim Down in Time for the Holidays

Slim Down in Time for the Holidays

December 15, 2010

The holiday season has arrived, which not only means bundles of shopping & a thinning wallet… but also an abundance of sweets and eggnog galore. Which is why we suggest you slim down in time for the holidays… or at least slim down your leather (and perhaps your wallet) with that Scharf-Fix machine you’ve wanted … Read More

Zund Training by way of Germany

Zund Training by way of Germany

December 14, 2010

Last week was an exciting one for Talas, and in turn for you… it was Zund training week in Germany! The week began with 3 intensive days of Impact CAD instruction, which is the program we will use to operate and plot on the machine. Sure, lessons were tough… but we still found time for … Read More

Visit with Thornwillow Press

Visit with Thornwillow Press

November 29, 2010

While most of us probably spent Friday at home, still recovering from all the turkey & mashed potatoes consumed the previous night on Thanksgiving… … a few TALAS folks avoided the imminent leftovers & headed up north to visit Thornwillow Press. Needless to say, we were extremely impressed by the scope of their operation and … Read More

Rice paper, what’s that? Japanese Fibers: Demystified

November 22, 2010

Western papers are enough to wrap our hands around… but then we enter the sphere of Japanese Papers. Welcome to Washi world!All too often, students visit Talas requesting “Rice Paper”. I don’t know what that is, do you? In the Japanese Paper (or Washi) 101 handbook, papers can be broken down into 3 key fibers: … Read More

Our Boxmaker Has Arrived!

Our Boxmaker Has Arrived!

November 15, 2010

After literally years of chit-chat… The ZUND G3 has arrived! Digital Cutting System Custom Box Making, and Board/Paper Cutting & Scoring Are you anxious about all those custom fit boxes that desperately need constructing? Can’t find the time or the energy to make them? or the interns? Let TALAS help, with our brand new Zund … Read More

In the Movies

In the Movies

November 9, 2010

Setting the Stage… (front door rings, Gwen – local artist & art director for various feature films- is buzzed in to 330 Morgan Ave and proceeds to Talas’ showroom on the 2nd floor) Gwen: I desperately need your help! I was in earlier in the week, and purchased some supplies for the movie I’m working … Read More

13th Edition Catalog is here!

13th Edition Catalog is here!

November 1, 2010

Drum roll please… After countless weeks of teasing, the 13th Edition Talas catalog has finally arrived!!! 256 pages, including a 16 page full-color section for your perusing joy. It was a long road full of re-prints and nit-picking, but the result is a product that we feel goes above and beyond that of any of … Read More

Casing In A Book

Casing In A Book

October 28, 2010

10 steps for casing in a book block. Materials: PVA Adhesive: Jade 403 Glue Brush Mull / Super / Tarlatan (one in the same) Bone Folder or Burnisher Kraft Paper Scalpel Handle & Scalpel Blades Binder’s Board Covering Material and of course… your book block! 1. Place the book block between backing boards, a securing vice, or … Read More

Texlifil Bookcloth

Texlifil Bookcloth

October 21, 2010

Fall has arrived, but summer has sprung at Talas with our newest bookcloth addition:TEXLIFIL This line of paper backed bookcloth has a vibrant range of colors reminiscent of Provence, and is manufactured in France. It has a wonderful sheen and feel, for an elegant high end look.Do you like working with Iris or Cialux? Well … Read More

Guild of Bookworkers: 2010 Standards of Excellence

Guild of Bookworkers: 2010 Standards of Excellence

October 19, 2010

Yep, it was that time of the year again… Autumn arrives and bookbinders from all over the world converge at this much anticipated annual Standards of Excellence meeting. This year the 3 day long meeting took place in sunny, dry Tucson Arizona. (certainly a nice change of pace from cold & rainy NY) As always, … Read More

Alran Goatskin

Alran Goatskin

October 8, 2010

Just when you thought we’ve introduced enough products in the month of September…September ends and October arrives, which means time for some more new stuff…Enter: Alran GoatskinsOur newest line of of full-vegetable tanned & aniline dyed goatskins from France. These skins have a genuine grain and a soft touch. Their finishing is well adapted to … Read More

Sturgeon Glue

Sturgeon Glue

October 4, 2010

After its long hiatus… Sturgeon Glue is back again! It was a long and tiresome journey, but we are pleased to announce that we now have our very own Fish & Wildlife Permit, and are able to successfully import this product into the states! Please see our website HERE for more information & ordering details.

Split French Goatskin!

Split French Goatskin!

September 29, 2010

Ever want to work in leather but are bothered by all of the work and preparation involved? Sick of sending your skins off to the mountains to be split? Worry no longer, as TALAS now stocks a variety of our French Goatskin’s in a “split” variety. At only 0.5-0.6 mm thick, make these skins an … Read More

13th Edition Catalog!

13th Edition Catalog!

September 27, 2010

Can’t wait until our 13th Edition Catalog returns from the printer next month?? Well, no worries – the new catalog has just been uploaded to our website & is waiting for you to download your copy today! Here is a sneak-peak of what our cover looks like: Our inventory lines have expanded into 256 pages… … Read More

Fabriano CMF Ingres

Fabriano CMF Ingres

September 22, 2010

Were you as upset as we were upon receiving notice that Fabriano Ingres was to be discontinued? For close to a year now we have been selling out our inventory… that was until the recent introduction of: Fabriano CMF Ingres The CMF Ingres is very similar to the discontinued Fabriano Ingres line, however, it only includes … Read More

Marbling Paper, the Age Old Question

September 16, 2010

What paper is best for making marbled paper? This age old question has been asked for centuries… and quite frankly we have always been a little confused as to what the best option may be. When talking about papers these days, it is nearly impossible to neglect to acknowledge Buffering agents. Most of our papers … Read More

Claire Guillot Papers

Claire Guillot Papers

August 13, 2010

We are extremely excited to introduce this line of decorative papers to our collection! On a trip to the South of France this summer, we met Claire in her studio.  See our website HERE for more information. This lucky selection of Canson & Hahnemuhle Ingres Paper sits on Claire’s shelves… waiting to be transformed into … Read More

New CAVE Paper Colors!

New CAVE Paper Colors!

August 6, 2010

This week TALAS introduced 4 beautiful, new Cave paper colors! #12 Tangerine #13 Vivid Red #14 Lime Green #15 Teal Handmade paper made from Belgian flax. Designed for the use on book covers, and are extremely strong and have been used for collage, graphic designers and printers. Its strong tooth also makes this paper desirable … Read More

Lots to Come

Lots to Come

July 27, 2010

We’ve been keeping quiet all summer long… but we promise we’ve been keeping busy! Here’s whats been crackin’: Lots of new & really exciting products!!A trip to France landed…several new lines of Goatskin (one is pre-split skins!), a new line of beautifully handcrafted marbled papers, specialty brass finishing tools by Alivon Tools, & yes, TexLibris … Read More

Bushwick Open Studios!

Bushwick Open Studios!

May 4, 2010

Mark your calenders for the weekend of June 4th-6th 2010! Arts in Bushwick presents the 2010 Bushwick Open Studios TALAS is opening its (now partly-vacant) 3rd floor studio spaces for a group show presented in lieu of the event!(Yes, this DOES mean that the Talas building will remain open over the weekend… although don’t get … Read More

White Stabiltex

White Stabiltex

April 16, 2010

What’s better than an overcast Spring Friday? An overcast Spring Friday with WHITE STABILTEX in the mix! Yes, that’s right, back by popular demand, this White Stabiltex is currently gleaming on our shelves. Imported from Switzerland and used for reinforcing/backing fragile textiles: stronger and more dimensionally stable than other comparable products. Stabiltex has good resistance to ultraviolet … Read More

Better Late Than Never!

Better Late Than Never!

March 10, 2010

French Chagreen Sample Books! Thanks for your patience, the sample book is FINALLY available! The chart contains all 42 colors. These skins are noted for their beautiful and uniform finish and for their exquisite color palette. The skins are finished in a fine crushed pattern, and are exceptional for gold tooling. Feel free to contact … Read More

New CROFT Folders Just In!

New CROFT Folders Just In!

February 22, 2010

This just in… CROFT FOLDERS A brand new delivery of bone folders, each hand carved from extremely dense bones (wild deer, elk & moose) by Jim Croft!Available in a variety of shapes & sizes for virtually every use in the book (or box if you will!)

Text Blocks Have Arrived!

Text Blocks Have Arrived!

February 19, 2010

You asked for them, and now we’ve got ’em! TEXT BLOCKS Got the winter blues? Reminiscing about that wonderful trip you took last summer? Well now you can relive those memories and finally create that album you’ve been putting off, and while you’re at it… sketch in style with your own semi-handmade journal! Our text … Read More

Mounting Parchment & Vellum

Mounting Parchment & Vellum

January 26, 2010

Materials Vellum: size of board + 40mm all around Board: 12mm Plywood Glue: Starch Paste Lining Paper: Standard (acid-free) 1. Line the upper surface of your board with lining paper – usually white or light cream, as it will affect the color of the vellum. Use Acid-Free paper for longevity. 2. Dampen Vellum on both … Read More

Buffered vs. Unbuffered Tissue

January 7, 2010

This question is commonly asked, and we feel it is important to outline the differences, and thus the preferred uses of each. Buffered Tissue has an alkaline, or basic, composition (ie pH above neutral; pH 7), which usually is achieved by adding calcium carbonate to these tissues. Instances when this buffered surface would be preferable … Read More

Happy and a Healthy New Year!

Happy and a Healthy New Year!

December 23, 2009

  Wishing you all Happy Holidays & a Healthy New Year from the crew at TALAS! Keep warm, and remember that we will be closed from Thursday December 24th – Sunday January 3rd. We will be reopening on Monday January 4th. Catch you all when we return in 2010!

Shop with TALAS for the Holidays (Part IV)

Shop with TALAS for the Holidays (Part IV)

December 16, 2009

At this point I assume everyone’s begun to get completely wrapped up in the regular holiday season jargon, as it becomes increasingly difficult to avoid. But who can complain, and who doesn’t love that warm cuddly feeling associated with this time of year? Which is why we think you should consider getting cozy on your … Read More

Shop with TALAS for the Holidays (Part III)

Shop with TALAS for the Holidays (Part III)

December 15, 2009

Gift Guide #3: Blank Book Journal Kits! Nothing says you care quite like giving the gift of something homemade. Each book kit comes equipped with pretty much all of the materials necessary for binding your own journal (all you’ll need is a bit of Jade glue, a glue brush, and a bone folder). And if … Read More

Shop with TALAS for the Holidays!

Shop with TALAS for the Holidays!

December 14, 2009

Gift Guide #2: BOOKS! Give the gift of knowledge this year with one of our wide selection of books and DVDS, and who knows, maybe next year you’ll receive some fantastic handbound masterpieces in return for the holidays! For the aspiring bookbinder, how about: How to Make Books; covers simple folding techniques to more elaborate … Read More

Shop with TALAS for the Holidays!

Shop with TALAS for the Holidays!

December 11, 2009

  It’s that time of the year again already: Gift giving season! I can’t speak for all of us – but I know for sure that I’m typically scrambling at the last minute to find gifts to please even the most difficult of recipients. But this year, TALAS is making your holiday shopping easy with … Read More

Cutting Binder’s Board

Cutting Binder’s Board

December 4, 2009

Cutting binder’s board can be quite difficult, particularly when working with a heavier weight board. There are many approaches to take when cutting these boards, but I’ll lay out a few I feel are important to discuss and address some of the pros and cons of each. Guillotine: Arguably the best way to cut your … Read More

Botanical Painters Visit TALAS

Botanical Painters Visit TALAS

November 12, 2009

Last week we had the pleasure of welcoming the New England Society of Botanical Artists to our shop. Coming straight from the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens, the bus arrived delivering 33 botanical painters to our showroom for the purpose of talking, learning, and purchasing their own vellums & parchments. People often question the distinction between vellum … Read More

TALAS visits San Francisco

TALAS visits San Francisco

November 2, 2009

Thanks to this years Guild of Bookworkers show, TALAS had a fantastic excuse to head west and to spend some time in San Francisco last week. But before the show began, we had the opportunity to visit some customers…     Day 1: Straight from the plane, we made our first port of call at … Read More

Guild of Bookworkers

Guild of Bookworkers

November 2, 2009

Standards of Excellence: San Francisco October 29-31 Every year bookbinders from across the country meet for a weekend of lectures, demonstrations, and purchasing fun! The location of the show varies from year to year, and from coast to coast. This year the show happened to take place in in San Francisco, and thus, was extremely … Read More

Beat to a Pulp

October 9, 2009

Your Short Guide to Paper Selection   Ever walk into an art store for some paper and get completely floored by the seemingly infinite number of options and indecipherable codes? Don’t worry, you are not alone! Below I will map the basics to help you decipher some of the foreign hieroglyphics of paper codes and … Read More

9″x11.5″ Davey Board!

9″x11.5″ Davey Board!

September 21, 2009

Alas, an economical, manageable, and not to mention inexpensive way to get your hands on a bit of our Davey Board! Yes, it IS true, we now sell cut sheets of 9″x11.5″ Davey Board (in all thicknesses) And no, your eyes are not deceiving you! It’s just one of the many perks of our new … Read More

Liberon Product Line

Liberon Product Line

September 17, 2009

  As some of you may have already discovered, TALAS has become a distributor of the Liberon product line! While adding the entire product line to our inventory was yet another feat, we are extremely excited to offer these fine materials! For more than a century Liberon products have been enhancing surfaces and enriching the … Read More

TALAS Gets a Guillotine!

TALAS Gets a Guillotine!

August 7, 2009

So the rumors are verified. TALAS does in fact have its own guillotine!   Nothing ever seems to move quickly, particularly not when you weigh 9,000lbs, but after much shopping around & research we have indeed found our perfect match…   Built some 50 years ago, this machine is still rock-solid (and we’re not just … Read More

TALAS visits Brazil

TALAS visits Brazil

August 6, 2009

As Talas shut their doors for the summer holidays, Marge & Jake took a trip down south of the equator to visit some of our customers & suppliers in Brazil. Marge & Jake are lovers of all things South American, and were excited to see some of our supplies in use first hand! First on … Read More

TALAS’ New Home!

TALAS’ New Home!

August 5, 2009

For those of you who have followed TALAS from location to location around Manhattan know that we have perpetually been on the hunt for bigger & better warehouses to best suit our needs as the company has continued to expand over the years. While we loved our last location on 20th Street in Manhattan, it … Read More

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