How to Make a Book by Hand

Sunday November 06, 2016 Written by Genevieve

Hammering, cutting, clamping, sewing and trimming might all sound like things that carpenters or upholsters do. But they’re actually the daily duties of traditional, handcrafted bookmakers.

Add typesetting, ink application, and all the other painstaking processes involved in generating books, one by one, and you’ll have a better idea of just how much patience and effort was – and still on occasion is – required to transfer written information from one individual to another.

Don’t get us wrong – we’re no luddites. E-readers can be awesome and we’re clearly partial to a bit of internet. But if anything (other than books themselves) is able to reinforce our love of the printed page, it’s this video.