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Wha? Where am I? What just happened?

I am squinting into the sun today as I emerge from a teaching cave. August was a marathon of week-long summer school courses, weekend workshops, and afternoon sessions. I am so behind on everything else in my life that all I can manage today is a list of things I have taught in the last 31 days. Forgive this exhausted list-based post. Lists are all that I have left. Lists are all that make sense.

How to set type by hand
How to print on an Adana tabletop press
How to print on an Iron hand press
How to print on a Vandercook/Fag flatbed cylinder press
How to ink wood type by hand
How to carve/print from a reduction linoleum block
How to make/print from a pressure plate
How to make a good blind impression
How to adjust roller height
How to adjust packing and impression

How to prepare and trim sections by hand and on a cutter
One page book structures
The pamphlet stitch
The double pamphlet
Making a jacket
The multi-section book in a slotted paper case
The link stitch
The long & link stitch
The accordion fold
The folded folio accordion
Board covering
The drum leaf binding
Making book cloth
Case binding (flatback in a simple German case with a 6mm joint)

Things that also happened this month:
We moved
Our (adorable) purple car died
We found an (equally adorable) red car for £350 (but for how long? for how long???)
We made two trips to Ikea

Photographic evidence of the above:
Hand-scrawled handouts were issued when regular handouts proved unavailable:


Nonsense scrawled on newsprint taped to tabletops:



Bookbinding results:


Image and text experiments:

Bookcloth, just like I said:


Purpose of first Ikea trip:


Our Ikea cart:


As I type this I am in a friend’s dining room, making use of the internet that has not yet arrived in our new flat. It’s been weeks. Cross your fingers for me. And stay tuned for progress reports on the new bindery. . .

10 comments on “Wha? Where am I? What just happened?

  1. katylyn2013
    September 3, 2013

    What are those ‘divider’ things used for? I have one, and have no idea why!

    • Big Jump Press
      September 4, 2013

      Ohhhhh katylyn! Dividers are such a wonderful tool that perhaps I will devote an entire post to answering your question! Find yours and put them in a handy place for soon you will not be without them!

  2. suzanne
    September 3, 2013

    SB (or Little Bear, as we sometimes say) you’re a Supershero, and don’t forget it for one minute!!!!! RTR!

  3. Glenn House Sr.
    September 3, 2013

    Wonder Woman. Lay aside for one moment* your spandex suit of many colours (!) and your cape in which you can flit effortlessly from hither hemisphere to yon; then get some de-serve-ed downtime.

    * Or maybe two moments. Anyway. Does anyone hither or yon know the difference between one moment or two, or a hundred? And which is better for the purpose at hand: yon or thither?

    • Big Jump Press
      September 4, 2013

      Thanks, Glenn! I am taking it easy this week as you instruct. whew.

  4. louise hardman
    September 8, 2013

    Hi Sarah! Well, that’s great you had moments to make that list of achievements! Your book binding course was MEMORABLE! Thanks again! Louise

    • Big Jump Press
      September 9, 2013

      Thank YOU Louise! I had a great week and I am so glad that you and Jill came from so far!

  5. metalandmettle
    September 12, 2013

    You are amazing! And, as someone who loves lists, I am in awe!
    Great table from Ikea by the way.
    And, I agree with you, dividers are a wonderful tool, we jewellers could not live/work without them.

    • Big Jump Press
      September 16, 2013

      Thanks! Yes that Ikea table is the greatest. I am so happy with the new bindery that sometimes I just go stand in it and sigh.

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