Book Binding with

Peter Goodwin

Master Tips


One of the things that seems to strike fear and trembling into the amateur bookbinder is 'paring' leather. This means shaving the thick leather down
with a knife to make it easier to turn in and give a pleasing result.

This job is usually approached with apprehension. A special paring knive
is produced at great expense and the whole job is given an importance far
above it's status . Paring is quick easy and cheap
because as you see I use an old Victorian dinner knife. I keep
it nice and sharp and the whole job is done in minutes.
Takes a bit of effort though and can be tiring.

If you are still on dial up treat yourself to broadband then
you can watch my tips and save yourself the espense of a
so called paring knife!

If you get stuck drop me an email but I am away until until June!


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