The Very Best Masonic Binding
I challenged myself recently— take a Masonic Cipher and Manual sent to me by a highly decorated Masonic Brother and make them something S P E C I A L.
The bindings were removed and the sewing, backing, and other essentials done. I then dyed the fore edges blue and did gilt on the page top and bottom edge. I gaffered those edges with various symbols in the Masonic style. I then antiqued the gilding with a glaze. I used marbled end sheets and bound the books in hand beveled boards.
I decided I would try a new supplier of leather and am now a devoted fan. The leather I bought, a navy blue, is the very best goat I have ever used. I bound the books and hand tooled them extensively with Masonic styled stamps. I created a box with matching goat on the outer and an inner sleeve something I have seen called, “pliver skiver”…or very very paper thin white calf. I added corner pieces made of metal that I modified and nailed into the box, tooled them heavily, finally added some specific Masonic codes.
Above you can see the process from basic leather binding to the full tooled finished item.
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