I’ve been doing a bit of small journal/book binding.
Susan Angebranndt, of Green Chair Press, posted a reminder that today, August 24th, is the feast day of St. Bartholomew, who is honored as a patron saint of bookbinders.
Truth be told, I think there are others who are better fitted for the title and task of patron saint of bookbinders, but St. Bartholomew seems to be the most widely accepted. And today IS August 24th, so I thought I’d give you a peek at what’s on my work table.
In this shot, you literally get to see what is ON my table – this is what it looks like when I’m working on multiple projects. Messy and crowded and exactly how I love it. But you also get to see what I’m calling my Goldenrod Journal. It’s goldenrod season, and it’s a much oft overlooked plant, so I’m doing a bit of writing about it.
Okay, now the truth is out. I’ve always got my eyes peeled and twigs often catch their attention. This little book isn’t blank – I already had the content done and then bound it. I’ll share peeks inside in another post.
This is one of my favorites. For years I used to make checkbook covers. And then at some point it occurred to me that instead of just putting in the pack of checks and a register, I could add pages in those sections instead. Voile – a book is born.
One of the books on my reading list for this summer is The Journal of Dora Damage by Belinda Starling. I haven’t gotten to it yet, but this quote is precisely the reason it made it to my must-read pile:
“My father used to tell me that before we are born, St. Bartholomew, patron saint of bookbinders, presents our soul with a choice of two books…One is bound in the softest golden calf and majestically gold-tooled; the other is bound in plain, undyed goatskin straight from the tan-pits.” The “nascent soul” who chooses the opulent volume, she continues, “will open it to find that the pages of the book are already inscribed with a story of an inescapable fate.” The latter’s pages “start off blank, and await inscription by the leading of a life of free will according to personal inspiration and divine grace.”
I hope you find some way to celebrate books today, although in my opinion that should be an everyday occurrence. And while I do read the occasional thing on an e-reader, I’ll always be firmly in love the heft, the depth, and the beauty of bound works.
What about you? Are you celebrating today? What’s in your reading pile? Do tell – you know I love to hear.