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The Best Side of Humans

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The Best Side of Humans

A PAY IT FORWARD blog post. Here at Transient Books, we have been making custom books for humans all over the planet via the internet since 2001. I'm always grateful that my work involves interacting with the best part of humans: their generous, sensitive, thoughtful side. I open emails each morning, and I'm greeted by individuals who have other individuals in mind for whom they would like to make a special gift. Almost always the email begins with, "I don't know if this is possible but..." It is very satisfying to get to respond regularly, "Of course this is possible!"...

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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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How to Give Bookbinding Workshops

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How to Give Bookbinding Workshops

and other joyous undertakings.   It doesn't matter if they're four or eighty...the first time a person makes a book they always exclaim the same thing:   “Look! I made a book!”   The glee is contagious.   For me, a natural side effect of being a writer and a bookbinder is sharing with others what brings me such happiness:   the freedom to turn my ideas into handbound books.    (Festival de la Palabra, "Books on the Fly" Workshop. Alta Gracia, Córdoba, Argentina, 2014.)     After more than a decade of giving bookbinding workshops to people of all...

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