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?
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
Visit to St. Cuthberts Paper Mill
Earlier this month we had the pleasure of visiting St. Cuthberts Paper Mill. Located in Wells, England this picturesque mill has been creating quality papers since the 1700s. This mill is fortunate to have one of the few remaining Cylinder Mould Machines left in the world. It is now over 100 years old, and was … Read More
Witches & Zombies & Book Blocks, OH MY!
Sure, witches, warlocks, ghosts and zombies are a fright this season… but you know what’s really scary? How easily you can case in your own book block! All you will need to do is follow these 10 steps to bookbinding bliss. Materials: PVA Adhesive: Jade 403 Glue Brush Mull / Super / Tarlatan (one … Read More
Fore Edge Painting with Martin Frost
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
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?
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
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
Our Latest Chapter
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
Tycore: Same product, better price!
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