Stayed home from work with a blazing headache today (you'd think I'd have enough asprin in me to dose a horse) but at least that gave me lots of time to finish my current bookbinding project. It's not that I needed that much time anyway, I was halfway finished sewing last night. This open spine method goes a lot quicker than the traditional method, probably because you don't have the drying time between several steps that you do in the other. Also, since this was a journal I didn't have to paint a cover, I just used a loud fabric instead. Sometimes I had to pull out a signature and resew it differently, but it worked out fairly well in the end. The only thing I couldn't figure out was how to go from one signature to the next. Here is a picture of the finished product!
It was a bummer I didn't get to use my new chisel and trim the edges, but having to cut the cover boards before sewing the book blocks, they would have ended up way to big once I trimmed them. I'll probably make a copy of The Gargoyle by Andrew Davidson next, so that will be my test for the chisel. Though maybe not that book, because if I fucked it up I'd be pissed. I guess I can just fold some scrap paper and give it a go first.