Guide to Bookbinding Leathers

April 12, 2018

Not sure which bookbinding leather to choose? When it comes to selecting leather there are many options to choose from. Below is a guide to navigating our selection of hides, but we are always available by phone or email to discuss your specific requirements.   Tannage Tanning is a method of using specific chemicals derived … Read More

Abaca Fibers and the Morgan Conservatory

March 22, 2018

Located in Cleveland, Ohio is the Morgan Conservatory.  It is the largest arts center in the United States dedicated  to every facet of papermaking, book arts and letterpress printing.  If that’s not enough, it also helps cultivates the talents of established and emerging artists through its gallery and studio spaces.  An international destination that is free … Read More

Accordion Archival Box Dividers

January 17, 2018

As New Yorkers, we understand that space is of the essence and that often times multiple objects, or people, must co-habitate inside the same structure. This was no different when it came to housing The Faunae Insectorum Germanicea collection at Princeton University. The Faunae Insectorum Germanicea is comprised of 110 individual slipcases each containing about … Read More

What’s the difference between the Jade PVAs?

December 21, 2017

Good question!  There are 3 varieties of Jade PVA:  Jade 403, Jade 711 and Jade R.  But before we get into the specifics, let’s first talk about Jade itself. Jade is an acid-free PVA (polyvinyl acetate) adhesive that dries clear and flexible.  It is fast drying, water soluble when wet, and permanent when dry.  If … Read More

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