After posting the piece about the Kelmscott Chaucer I remembered that one of my first bindings, around 1978, had blind tooled decoration, chiefly because I then had no means of doing anything else. I had no decorative tools, no gold leaf or foil and no knowledge of gold work anyway. But I did have a workbench, some files and some large brass screws. So I filed the heads into two simple shapes, polished the faces and used them on an old bible I had bought in an antique shop in Warwick for £18, with no covers and needing repair, but, surprisingly, complete.
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Began bookbinding as a hobby 45-plus years ago. Acquired some degree of skill through practice, courses and workshops. Acquired good range of equipment, tools and materials and set up home bindery. For the past 25 years I have undertaken all kinds of repair and binding work for booksellers and collectors. I live near Stroud in Gloucestershire, UK. View all posts by therebindery