A lucrative craft which may be carried on individually, or cooperatively as in schools for cripples in Scandinavia.
a. Albums, portfolios, guest books, etc. Apparatus needed, and steps in working. Illustrations of processes and appliances.
b. Rebinding old books.
A special industry in itself.
Methods of procedure.
Illustrations of sewing frame, press, etc., and various processes employed in covering a full-bound book.
Those wonderful volumes owned by Kings and Ecclesiastical Potentates, requiring months of patient labor, may be paralleled to-day by workers who have the triple requisites of money, time, and strength. Great libraries are still in existence which demand this exquisite craftsmanship in new work and in the repairing and preserving of precious volumes. There is no better field for the worker who loves intricate and laborious crafts.
But there is also an opportunity for the craftsman who has less capital and less strength, in the binding of music, the rebinding of old books by hand, and the making of albums and guest books. Such work is interesting and can be done at home, it is well paid, and affords great scope for exquisite delicacy of workmanship.
When it is done on a large scale, as in Scandinavia, where it is a feature of the schools for cripples, it is an excellent cooperative industry.
In such a case, large presses, "guillotines" to cut the edges of sheets, and other machines are required, and frequently printing and bookbinding are combined so that large contracts - as for example, government reports in Denmark - can be executed.
The directions given are for individual work, and the list of tools and materials is kept as simple and inexpensive as possible, but it is safe to say that work done on a larger scale would stand a fair show of success.