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You'd be forgiven for not guessing that flour and eggs are used in the binding process of leather volumes.

Flour is used to make up a paste for adhering the leather to the boards and spine during the covering process. Rice and wheat flours are the most popular.

Eggs are seperated and the white mixed with a drop of vinegar, left overnight, and then strained to produce a glaire. This glaire is to help gold leaf adhere to the leather when impressed with a heated brass tool.
egg and flour used in bookbinding

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Tools used in bookbinding
Bone folder used in bookbinding

This is perhaps the one of the cheapest bookbinding tools you can purchase but this little tool is the most used by any bookbinder. We can't live without one, let alone do any work without one!

Bone folders are very personal to each and every binder. They can have varying shapes and forms to them that can suit an individual taste.

Bone folders are usually made from cow bone but other materials have been used to make them.
This simple tool is used for various processes in bookbinding. They are ideal for the folding and creasing of signatures that make up a books pages, but can also be used to help work pasted-up leather onto a books boards and spine during the covering process. They are also used in other operations such as headbanding, capping the spine, marking up, as well as for working onlayed leather onto decoartive bindings, etc. A truly amazing and simple multi-functional tool.


Book presses are used for nipping endpapers during the binding process, pressing finished books, and for blinding in engraved plates to leather covers to produce embossed decoration.

At The Gently Mad we have three small presses called Tom, Dick and Harry, plus one large 'nipping' press called Bertie.
A Gently Mad Book Press
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Marble Papers we Use
Tools we Use
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~ Binding Tools ~
Bone Folders
Book Presses
Laying Press & Plough
Sewing Frame
Paring Tools
Backing Boards
Backing Hammer
Band Nippers

~ For Gilding ~
Finishing Press
Finishing Stove
Rolls, Pallets, Fillets, Gouges & Centre Tools
Polishing Iron
Agate Burnishers
Gold Leaf & Foils
Glaire & Bole
Gold Knife & Cushion
Brass Type

~ Our Materials ~
Marble Papers
Plain Papers
Threads & Silks
Scrim or Mull
Millboard & Greyboard
Repair Papers
Glue & Paste

The Gently Mad : 2 Summer Place, Edinburgh, EH3 5NR : 0131 261 6028 / 07702592972