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Hanno Braun

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Notebook #4

A closed notebook, bound in cork leather. (click for full size)

Lots of process improvements on notebook #4, like a different technique for glueing on the bookmark, finishing the text block before adding the cover, and much more.

An open notebook with blank pages. The edges of the paper are visibly rough. (click for full size)
A closeup of bottom side of the notebook, the bookmark sticking out. The edges of the paper and cover are visibly rough. (click for full size)

From a feature perspective, this one has thinner end pages, which makes the combination of end pages and cover less rigid. I think this is better, but there's still more to do in that area.

Notebook open; damage visible from the inside, between pages 2 and 3. (click for full size)

When opening the notebook fully, this puts tension on the first page after the end page, leading to the damage shown here. I need to find a solution for that. I have some ideas that I want to try in the next build.

The notebook, showing the following signature on the inside of the cover: Notebook · Hanno Braun · 2022-W11 · #4 · Made in Odenwald (click for full size)

I don't think I'll start with the next one right away though. I'm currently working on some tooling that I hope will improve the accuracy of the holes, and thus of the whole text block.

Here are some pictures I took during the build.

A stack of signatures; hole for sewing already made. (click for full size)

The signatures, with the holes for sewing made.

The sewn text block. (click for full size)

The sewn text block.

The text block clamped in the book press, the spine side sticking out. The bookmark has been glued on. (click for full size)

The bookmark glued onto the spine, before the mull goes on.

The text block, a sanded side up front. (click for full size)

One side sanded.

The text block, a clamp holding it together. An unsanded side is up front. (click for full size)

Another side yet to be sanded.

The text block, all sides sanded (click for full size)

All sides sanded.

The text block, all sides sanded, the corners rounded. (click for full size)

Fully finished.

Notebook #4; cover glued on, but not cut to size yet. (click for full size)

The cover glued on.