Above: The seven books from Saturday range from 7 x 9 inches (the two at the back) to 8.5 x 8.5 inches (two in the middle and one on the left lying down) to 7.5 x 7 inches (two in the front on the right). The front most has a lovely dark purple bookcloth, other dark cloth is a textured black. The two back books have 4 signatures each, of a very thick paper—Magnani's Annigoni Designo. All the other books have five or six signatures, some with the thick Annigoni, some with Gutenberg.
Yesterday I mananged to finish seven of the remaining eleven books. That leaves me four more to do today, but I won't be binding until late this evening. The first order of business is to start tidying up things and watching the weather. With a bit of luck it will rise to 38 or 40 degrees and I'm hoping to get outside on the bicycle. Plenty of time for binding after that.
I ended up doing all of these books in one long batch and my fingers really revolted by the end of it (I'd poured out too much glue so I kept working). I've long used 140 lb. watercolor paper to make my decorative paper, but my fingers, cracked from cold weather and weary from computer keyboarding and bicycling (indoors and out), just told me yesterday that they don't ever want to use that paper on covers again. Now whimpers from my older students come back to haunt me. Hubris.
Happily the bookbinding session was followed by the making of a pineapple upside down cake. I took it over to Dick's folks' to share with his sister's family. It went over really well, but then I've found that most foods that are 1/2 butter do.
Left: The pineapple upside down cake (from Dick's maternal grandmother's ancient Betty Crocker cookbook). Usually we have larger pecans with which to work, but people seemed to enjoy the many small ones. I was out of circular cardboard cake "platters" on which to flip the cake out of the cast-iron pan, hence the large aluminum foil covered cardboard. I long ago gave up trying to wrestle with a glass cake stand and a cast iron pan at the same time. I don't even use the cake stand any more as the cake never lasts.
Note: A word about Gutenberg. I was concerned I couldn't find it in Legion's list of products so I don't know what's up with that. But Talas has it (hence the link above). I have used both the 130 gsm and the 180 gsm for my visual journals. If I need lots of pages for a trip (or State Fair journal for instance) I'll go with the 130 gsm to fit more pages in a thinner more portable book. In general I prefer the 180 gsm for heavy mixed media use, including collage. My current take along journal is this 6 x 8 inch journal made with 180 gsm Gutenberg.