Podcast-Serie von iBookbinding.com startet mit erster Ausgabe: Fachgespräch mit Benjamin Elbel

  • Stepan Chizhov von ibookbinding.com hat auf seiner Webseite die erste Ausgabe seiner neuen Podcast-Serie "iBB Podcast" veröffentlicht. In der Serie führt er Gespräche mit Buchbindern aus verschiedenen Regionen, angefangen mit Benjamin Elbel von Elbel Libro in Haarlem, Niederlande:

    Ben Elbel from Elbel Libro. Part 1 – Path to Bookbinding and Workshop Tour


    Das Gespräch ist als Audio- und Video-Podcast verfügbar, auch ein Inhaltsverzeichnis mit Laufzeit-Register ist aufgeführt:

    00:35 – How to pronounce Ben Elbel’s name properly

    02:10 – Our first meeting in 2015

    04:18 – Ben’s Path to bookbinding

    07:03 – Father’s suggestion to study bookbinding and a year at Centro del bel libro Ascona


    13:33 – Looking for an apprenticeship

    14:56 – Apprenticeship in Germany at Die Buchmanufaktur

    15:38 – Learning to make things fast

    16:03 – Usage of PVA

    18:09 – Moving to London

    19:20 – German traveling apprentices

    22:20 – On taking apprentices at Elbel Libro

    23:48 – Starting a career in bookbinding with or without education

    26:00 – On the importance of learning French binding

    Workshop tour

    29:02 – Workshop tour at Elbel Libro

    31:03 – Showroom / Visitor area

    35:00 – Ground floor / Workroom / Storage

    36:33 – Leather splitting machine in action

    40:40 – Storage corner: leather, cloth, cardboard, etc.

    44:34 – All the sorts of cardboard Ben has in his studio

    45:50 – Superior board: Presspahn and Green Millboard by Conservation By Design (see the links below)

    48:05 – Workbench

    49:26 – Different heights of mine and Ben’s workbenches

    Das Gespräch ist in gut verständlichem Englisch geführt, ergänzend zum Gesagten gibt es auf der Seite zahlreiche weiterführende Links.

    Als nächster Gesprächspartner ist Todd Davis von der Middlesex Bindery in Massachusetts, USA angekündigt.

    Bildquelle des angehängten Podcast-Titelbildes (Bildzitat): https://www.ibookbinding.com/b…inding-and-workshop-tour/

  • ... und auch der zweite Teil des Gesprächs mit Benjamin Elbel ist jetzt online:


    In diesem Teil sprechen Stepan und Benjamin über neue Buchstrukturen, die Ben in seinem Projekt "Bookbinding out of the Box" entwickelt und vorgestellt hat, über Tutorials, die er veröffentlicht hat, und Benjamin antwortet auf Fragen aus der Community.

  • Bookbinding as a Third Career, Lockdown, Q&A - Interview mit Todd Davis von der Middlesex Bindery in Lowell, Maryland, USA

    Todd Davis ist Quereinsteiger und hat die Buchbinderei als dritten Karriereweg eingeschlagen. Er lernte Buchbinderei an der North Bennet Street School in Boston und betreibt sein eigenes Studio in Lowell, Maryland.


    Inhalt des Podcasts mit Zeitstempel

    Todd’s Path to Bookbinding

    00:26 – Beginning of Todd’s career in history and software engineering

    04:20 – Making a decision to get a real job

    06:00 – North Bennet Street School in Boston

    06:41 – Getting all bookbindery equipment in one lot

    08:45 – Four years in the studio doing bookbinding

    09:11 – Sliding into being a full-time bookbinder / Being a student-worker at the North Bennet

    10:25 – Having a second source of income as a cushion while shifting to becoming a full-time bookbinder

    11:15 – Getting the first large orders for the bindery

    11:55 – The lockdown

    17:57 – Doing bindery at least some business from home

    20:07 – How do the clients react to the delays due to the lockdown

    24:16 – Todd’s plans on moving forward after the lockdown is lifted

    A Bit of Show & Tell

    31:09 – Making round wooden spines for boxes using basswood – tips & tricks

    36:26 – 3d-printing round spines with plastic – iBookBinding experience

    41:15 – My everlasting internal battle because of producing more plastic tools with 3d-printing

    41:43 – 3d-printed papermaking molds from iBookBinding

    42:10 – How is the shop doing during the lockdown?

    44:00 – Tools for boxmaking and prices on the brass tools

    47:46 – Having beer and pizza video chats with co-workers and fellow artisans


    50:07 – Q&A begins!

    50:56 – Question from Sofia: Which was the hardest restoration Todd has made, and why?

    51:16 – Wedding album with laminated pages and masking tape repairs

    53:44 – Duct tape Bible

    55:44 – Books that Todd wasn’t able to repair

    57:12 – Question from Sofia: Which materials Todd likes to work with?

    57:21 – Back pared onlays

    1:01:31 – Question from Justine about the irreversible mistakes

    1:06:29 – Book repair, restoration, and conservation

    1:08:29 – Being a bookbinder in Lowell vs being bookbinder in Boston

    1:10:00 – Safety measures and super-sharp bookbinding tools

    1:16:25 – Who would Tood like to see as future guests of the podcast

    Und hier - ganz speziell für Carsten ;) - das eingebettete Video:

  • What is book restoration? Studio tour, leasure, study, work-life balance - Interview mit Eliane Gomes von der Nautilus Boekbinderij in Haarlem, Niederlande

    Eliane Gomes ist eine brasilianisch-niederländische Buchbinderin und Restauratorin und betreibt die Nautilus Boekbinderij in Haarlem (NL).

    Video 1 (2020, 48:24 Min., Webseite: https://www.ibookbinding.com/b…on-3x4-meter-studio-tour/)


    01:55 – Eliane’s path to bookbinding

    05:02 – Choosing between conservation and restoration

    06:31 – Genesis of conservation as a profession after the 1966 flood in Florence

    08:08 – Having a “restoration buddy”/mentor

    08:40 – Importance of knowing your limits

    10:03 – Book repair is not book restoration

    10:29 – One of Eliane’s restoration exam’s projects

    11:09 – Using reversible materials

    12:59 – Eliane’s clientele and the regional distribution

    15:18 – What are the boring and routine parts of being a book restorer?

    16:33 – Preparing a report and having a plan

    18:38 – Fixing a mistake

    19:02 – Importance of not underevaluating your work

    19:26 – Keeping spreadsheets for calculating your prices

    22:29 – Including all expenses into the final price of your work

    25:29 – Recording and photographing your projects

    Workshop Tour

    30:38 – Workshop Tour

    30:48 – 3×4-meter atelier

    32:00 – Skylight

    32:13 – Drawers and cabinets

    33:17 – Boxes and stuff under the workbench

    34:25 – Having everything within arm’s reach in a small studio

    35:18 – Swivel jointed finishing stand by Geert van Daal

    36:04 – Using a whiteboard for thoughts and drawings

    36:19 – Humidity control, sterilization, and fire safety

    Some of the Projects

    37:28 – 16th-century book with doodles and cut-out decorated initials in restoration

    39:05 – Company archive / several volumes of corporate scrapbooks

    40:02 – Punching cradle from iBookBinding and its place on the wall

    41:31 – Large format Dutch limp binding – cash register book

    Video 2 (2020, 01:18:06 Min., Webseite: https://www.ibookbinding.com/b…work-life-balance-and-qa/)

    Moving On from the Workshop Tour

    03:14 – Importance of staying up-to-date and continuing your education

    05:54 – There no better time to learn something than now!

    17:01 – Extra time is for extraordinary things


    19:30 – Sotheby’s offering a full collection of ВС comics from 1934 to 2014

    20:18 – Collecting ephemera vs collecting books

    21:14 – Value and fragility of old comic books

    22:15 – The craft is connected to the trade. The balance between the price of materials and the price of work. Dr. Nicholas Pickwoad – Language of Bookbinding course

    23:32 – Paper clinic in NL, Marchelma van Breugel: snipper.eu/


    27:45 – Question from paperetceteras: Working with glues and paper, is it tricky?

    30:36 – Using dry or liquified glues and paste depending on materials and other conditions

    33:24 – Question from Elin Dalstål: What is the most unusual/unexpected material or tool you like to use for bookbinding or book restoration?

    33:38 – Using the airbrush for book restoration projects

    34:25 – Tacking iron

    34:36 – Using all sorts of unusual leathers

    37:31 – Experimenting with different materials in bookbinding: metal, plastic, wood, etc.

    38:03 – Gluing and attaching translucent plastic materials to book covers

    40:07 – Sharing experience with other bookbinders and book professionals

    42:14 – Question from Lynne: What exactly is a waste sheet used for in binding, either in a new book or a repair?

    46:31 – Unfinished projects

    47:30 – Question from Vinícius Rennó: How can I study book restoration coming from Brazil? If not here, where is the most affordable place to study abroad?

    51:32 – The difference between a book restorer and conservator

    53:16 – Question from Peter Triska: A question is about headbands. How do you get the ends to hide, so you don’t see them when you open a book?

    55:04 – Perfection in bookbinding is relatively new

    55:47 – Question from Janet Mente: What is the most satisfying part of your job as a binder/restorer?

    57:46 – Question from Janet Mente: How do you or would you use the 3D-Printed Spine Rounding Tool?

    1:02:33 – Question from Tzvi J. Liberman: What methods are used for restoring the physical page of a book if a piece is missing? Is there any way to mix up the new matching paper pulp and fill in the gaps?

    1:03:18 – “Cutting” Japanese paper with a watercolor pencil

    1:06:11 – Using a paper casting machine and working without it

    1:05:51 – Question from Tzvi J. Liberman: How do you prevent the endpaper wrinkling when gluing in the text block?

    The books I have bound all end up with a crease in the endpaper on the cover side, usually near the fold?