I had the pleasure and privilege of attending Karen Hanmer‘s “Medieval on the Go: The Girdle Book” class during the 2015 Focus on Book Arts Conference. During the class, I created this anatomically correct model of a Medieval girdle book.
Notable features of this model include:
- the textblock is sewn with packed sewing over raised double cords
- the spine shape of the textblock was created by the natural swell caused by the packed sewing – no hammering was used to create the shoulders
- the textblock was consolidated with an initial vellum patch lining between the cords, then a second slotted lining of suede was applied over the first lining
- sewn endbands of silk over a cord core – the ends of the core are laced into the boards
- shaped wooden boards
- the boards are laced in via the sewing cords
- covered in full teal suede
- okay this part is probably not 100% historically accurate in terms of material and color, but it looks GREAT!
- the “tail” is finished off with a Sailor’s knot collar of plain leather
- metal bosses
- a metal clasp I made myself!