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Hanno Braun

making and small-scale manufacturing

Notebook #3

A closed notebook, bound in cork leather.

Notebook number 3! Tried a few process improvements on this one, but the main feature is the bookmark.

A closeup of bottom side of the notebook. The edges of the paper and cover are visibly rough.
An open notebook with blank pages. The sides of the paper are visibly rough.

Some things went wrong with that one. I didn't think the bookmark quite through, and it got in the way of the finishing process. I'm also getting fed up with the finishing process more and more every time. The rest of the build is pretty enjoyable though.

The notebook, showing the following signature on the inside of the cover: Notebook · Hanno Braun · 2022-W08 · #3 · Made in Odenwald

As always, I'm bursting with ideas on how to improve it, and can't wait for the next one.

Here are some pictures I took during the build.

A stack of signatures; hole locations are marked.

The signatures, with the hole locations marked.

A stack of signatures; hole have been created.

The signatures, with the holes created.

The sewn text block.

The sewn text block.

The text block, mull glued onto it.

This time I glued on some mull to strengthen the spine.

A sheet of cork, covering a table.

I used up my initial inventory of cork for the first two notebooks. Ordered a larger sheet for the following ones.

A sheet of cork, covering a table; the cover for notebook #3 cut out.

Same sheet of cork, with the cover for notebook #3 cut out.

Notebook #3, ready for finishing. The cover is still too large, the edges of the pages don't line up.

Notebook #3, ready for finishing!