Natural Cutaway Model

One of my deeper interests.

Brien Beidler

One of the best and coolest ways of displaying book structure is undoubtedly a cutaway model, where different layers of a book’s construction are intentionally left exposed in the final product.  As you can imagine (or maybe have experienced), constructing a successful cutaway model takes a lot time and planning, and can almost be more of a pain than simply making a finished book.

cutaway8 Naturally-lifted (aka failed) paste-down, exposing recycled parchment manuscript hinge, textured waterleaf* board, and leather turn-ins.

Pictured above is a 1580 imprint of Cicero’s Epistularum ad Atticum (Letters to Atticus, Cicero’s buddy). The majority of the adhesive used on the paste-downs and spine has failed, scandalously revealing the beautiful materials and structure used in the construction of the book, and in effect making it a cutaway.

cutaway2 Detail of herringbone sewing (over split tawed thongs). One of the things I love most about herringbone sewing is that is…

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