Working a corner

Managing corners is a skill required in many walks of life: car drivers ~ seamstresses ~ bookbinders. Here we outline some techniques used by bookbinders, and provide links to more details on the more popular methods.

Flush covered square corners

This method is quickest and easiest. It leaves an exposed edge, and so the covering is not complete. For many purposes if this is acceptible, it is sensible on the grounds of economy of effort. One phrase I have heard used is that "...a bookbinder would never use flush coverings whereas a bookcrafter might well do it."

Square corners with paper or bookcloth

The most common method involves a mitre across the corner. The mitre has to be cut in such a way as to completely hide the interior material. Therein lies the technique which is more fully described [here].

Using this method results in the thickness of the cover at the corners having four layers of bookcloth over a very small area. This makes for unacceptable bulk when using thick covering material such as on...

Square corners with leather

Square corners with vellum

Round corners

Fancy corners




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