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Bookbinding Tools: The Good, the Great, and the Beautiful.

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Bookbinding Tools: The Good, the Great, and the Beautiful.

It's true, we make everything by hand here at Transient Books. Our tools reflect our work, our personalities, and our 14+ years here in the studio. Ever wondered what we use to bring it all together? Take a walk through our day... HANDSNothing quite like 'em. Always glad to have a pair in working condition.(Your books are made by me, Alex, my husband Magu and our faithful helper, Carolina Herrán.)   BONEFOLDERSThe binder's essential item. You can never have too many. They fold, they crease, they lift, they press, they smooth out, they feel lovely in your hand. They really...

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A Sketchbook Chronicle

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A Sketchbook Chronicle

Not long ago, my inbox shone with a memorable gift: A client who ordered a custom oversized sketchbook from us in 2006 sent photos of how the book had been used. Not only did she send photos, but she sent this beautiful text: "Tony Allard and Kristine Diekman are artist collaborators who, in 2006, asked Transient Books to create a beautiful hand-made sketchbook for a media project. Although the artists never used it for that project, many years later, in April 2014, they started a weekly drawing practice. Choosing an object at random, they placed the object in the middle...

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How to Work with Your Spouse

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How to Work with Your Spouse

My husband Magú and I have been married since 1997, and we have working together as Transient Books since 2001. Being self-employed, and working with family members, is fraught with advantages (tremendous freedom)...and terrifying unknowns.

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