Water Activated Adhesives vs Self Adhesive Tapes

February 13, 2019

It’s simple, if the adhesive comes in direct or very close contact with artwork, you should avoid using a self adhesive product whenever possible. We get this question a lot!  What’s the right product, tape, adhesive to use?  There are LOTS of choices.  Our goal with this post is not to give specific advice but … Read More

Gudy 870 vs Gudy 831 (Gudy O vs Gudy V)

September 21, 2018

Gudy adhesives, both 831 and 870, are exceptional double-sided mounting adhesives.  These acid-free dry mount tapes are great for mounting prints, bookcloth, paper, you name it. Both options are applied by hand, without the need for heat or laminators.  Just press and peel the liner to apply. The difference between the 830 and 870 can … 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

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

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

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

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