How do you store a 79 foot scroll?

September 19, 2017

How does one store a 79 foot long Temple Banner from the 17th century? To accomplish this our customer engaged TALAS for advice.  The project was complicated by the need to wind the banner on two tubes starting at each end and meeting at the center.  The box needed to be made completely from archival … Read More

Bone Folder vs. Teflon Folder

July 6, 2017

Simply put, a bone folder is an indispensable and essential tool for any bookbinder, graphic artist, or craftsperson.  Why you ask?  Because it’s a great tool for turning corners on cloth and leather, scoring paper, folding, smoothing out surfaces and burnishing surfaces. So what’s the difference between a bone folder and a teflon folder? The … Read More

Making Usu Mino Paper

June 1, 2017

In a small rural town in the Kochi Prefecture of Japan lives Osamu Hamada and his brother Hironao.  They have been making paper their whole lives, a tradition which was passed down from their grandfather Sajio Hamada. Sajio Hamada was designated a National Living Treasure in 2001 for his Tosa Tengujo-shi Paper.   Today Hironao continues his legacy … Read More

How to Alum Paper for Marbling

March 22, 2017

Watch this post as a video here! Marbling paper in the Ebru (Turkish) style of marbling requires that the paper first be treated using a mordant, in this case an alum mixture.  The alum helps the pigments used in marbling to adhere to the paper.  Without a mordant the pigments will slide off the paper. Alum, … Read More

Gamblin Conservation Colors and Pigmented Resin Wax Sticks Demonstration

February 28, 2017

Last week we had the privilege of hosting Catherine and Robert Gamblin for a presentation Upstairs at TALAS. Robert spoke about the history of Gamblin Paints and how it all began in his garage 30+ years ago!  Part of what makes Gamblin paints so unique is that they use Gambol, which is an odorless narrow cut … Read More

Who’s on your Holiday Gift List?

December 12, 2016

Holiday shopping can be tough. Need some gift ideas? See our guide below to help find the perfect gift for those you love, like, or those let’s just say you’re obligated to gift. To help you find the perfect gift, we have broken down each list into specific disciplines:  The Bookbinder, The Conservator, The Archivist, The … Read More

Fore Edge Painting with Martin Frost

September 27, 2016

Earlier this month we had the privilege of having Martin Frost lead a course on Fore-Edge Painting Upstairs at TALAS.  This event with co-organized with The Guild of Bookworkers. Fore-edge painter Martin Frost has been working from studios in West Sussex, England for 40 years.  He has painted the edges of well over 3500 books including … Read More

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?

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

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