Well, as far as things go 'WOW' pretty much sums up my feelings here. I've checked your gallery here and it leaves me pretty much speechless. With all those new-style fancy-pants notebooks one can see in shops and over the net one just has to love your works. I mean, what you've shown here looks just like the classical bindings from the old times! Pardon the curiosity, but are you a self-taught bookmaker or were you on apprenticeship at some bookbinder or guild?
I see that you have a rather fine book here. Might I ask what form of leather you'd used as it's binding? Moreover, I see that you have some finely rounded cords on the back; what was your sewing method - double-cord, single cord? The head and tail of your book is also stylistically rounded, presumably over your endbands, but in looking at the shot of the parted signatures of your book, it doesn't seem that you have true endbands stitched on.
Regardless, from an aesthetic standpoint, you've created a very fine book. I especially like the raised paneling you have within the covers; it works well in tandem with your distressing of the leather.
Wonderful work, BCcreativity. Thank you for showing it here.
(P.S.: On a related note, I've always wanted to get my hands on a copy of some nautical ephemera which I could bind into a Monastic-style book... Merely as a novelty piece. )
Thanks for the comment. much appreciated. The end bands are in fact just glued on. I chose to use this method for the head and the tail of this particular book because, it matched my ribbon bookmark. I practice hand sewn end band regularly, but occasionally will use pre-sewn if they have the pattern I am looking for. The seven cord spine is of a single cord hand sewn during the grouping of the signatures. They are sewn with a nautical double loop knot to follow the authenticity of the nautical theme. More stuff on etsy.
Thanks. I used a very fair piece of sandpaper and slowly followed the edges. When it was to the point that I liked the look, I buffed it out with some polish to give it a sheen. This book is like a brick! With a seven cord spine, its lasting a long time.