Pictorial Webster’s

September 18, 2009

Here’s a look into John Carrera’s bookbinding and letterpress studio - and much more! If you love bookbinding, or are a bookbinder - or just love watching old machines, hand tools and the process used to create beautiful handmade objects - you’ll like this video.

“From the discovery of the 1898 International Dictionary to linotyping the entries to printing the last print on the vandercook to cutting the fingertabs of the deluxe edition, this video gives a quick overview of the process of creating the Pictorial Webster’s fine press edition.”

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  1. That video is amazing! Thanks for sharing it!

    Comment by Julie Boyles — September 18, 2009 @ 8:01 am

  2. I know. I want to make that signature hole-punch jig for our shop.

    Comment by Jason Thompson — September 18, 2009 @ 8:21 am

  3. It’s funny you said that Jason! I thought the same thing this morning when I left my comment, but couldn’t figure out what to call it!

    That invention would be a life changer wouldn’t it!

    Comment by Julie Boyles — September 18, 2009 @ 4:43 pm

  4. this is so entirely beautiful!!!
    Esteem, patience…..what a treasure!

    Comment by Uschi — September 21, 2009 @ 12:58 am

  5. I’ve loved your blog for a long time, but this is the best ever!

    Comment by Don Olney — September 25, 2009 @ 7:17 am

  6. Thanks Don!

    Comment by Jason Thompson — September 25, 2009 @ 7:43 am

  7. Fantastic video. Amazing application of engineering and artistic talents. Very enlightening

    Comment by Fitzroy — October 7, 2010 @ 10:43 am

  8. Wow ! Thank you for sharing this video. I think I’m gonna watch it every monday morning.

    Comment by Myriam — October 13, 2010 @ 11:02 am

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