The Binding Process
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Step 22
A 3-dimensional cover design is created by cutting and carving. In the custom design shown here, it is a requested Name and carved Rose, as well as a border which will frame a Harley-Davidson belt buckle. The book will next be affixed to the coverboards with the leather binding cords. The cover hinges will also be reinforced with two layers of 55 pound tensile strength fabric for added durability and heirloom quality.
 

Step 23
The leather is glued to the cover with archival flexible glue. This glue is applied to a one inch sized section at a time while the leather is situated into each groove with small tools and fingernails until dry. This continues in tiny increments until the entire cover design is tightly covered under the leather hide.
 

Step 24
Sheet metal (in this case, copper) is hand cut into desired shapes. The finish is sanded and holes are punched through the metal in order to wire sew it through the cover.
 
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