house a thon 36

May 9, 2013 § Leave a comment

music, like the kitchen table
even if it was a cable spool, like
running water & electricity was constant well (ha!) we carried water
(from the damn well, or at least the stream which fed it) when the pump
froze that winter in the canyon
and were without running water and electricity
for most of two weeks after the flood, but
I get ahead of myself here and
the point is there was always music
and art and books until we lost
a lifetime of books in the flood but
even then there was music like love

maybe it’s its own story



solvitur ambulando

April 1, 2013 § 3 Comments




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golden aglets & cats

March 31, 2013 § Leave a comment

a good end to a day of beginnings,
I collated SOLVITUR AMBULANDO today, a perfectly metaphoric Easter Sunday project!

and was pleased to be able to pull together a 14th copy out of the pickin’s!

and even better the sweet sweet cats watched from the sidelines, oh big big sigh
of gratitude

and here is a peak at the golden aglet and the bootlike lacing I will use to bind the books, I finally decided on waxed crochet thread.

Time now for a jig to square up the holes which need to be drilled,
to score the front cover and finally
to sew, and then,



oh yes, and some more dingbats are on the way. yeha! many thanks to the plant manager…

creating order where there is none

March 28, 2013 § 3 Comments

solvitur ambulando
walked drawn handset handcranked and foot treadled by author
printed at Iota Press, Sebastopol CA
&, Guerneville CA


in the end

March 27, 2013 § 2 Comments

in the beginning is one thing, finishing up quite another.

finishing, as I’m always reminded is a different set of risks, a different complexity of agreements, but I’m so already halfway on to the next project…so it’s time to move on and in fact, all the pages for the camino series, are printed!!!!

including cover and flyleaf which took a proper amount of dithering because it also meant having to choose and then cut the proper paper, and the back cover which meant having bought a 10 pt bembo from Pat Reigh and solidifying the colophon which for the first time will include a printing citation of here. say. press in Guerneveille CA, as well as at Iota Press in Sebastopol

and now it’s a matter of ordering the pages and punching holes, choosing and getting lacing and sewing the damn things. I say lacing rather than thread because I’ve decide I will bind it using a crisscross pattern along the spine, just as I might were I lacing my boots getting ready for the next walk…

one step at a time. gluing.

March 9, 2013 § 1 Comment

there’s a lot to say about gluing. but most importantly,    festina lente

sigh, big big sigh. not that the whole business of typesetting isn’t about patience, and like walking simply one step after another, it’s the unforgiving need for fastidious, the fussy, unrelenting, need for…sterility…a clean glue free other than where it’s supposed to be workspace, which is daunting. which takes practice

which takes an unending attention to the tiniest nuances

which means forethought and planning which relies on practice so you, I actually know what problems will need to be solved ahead of time,

which also means advice, and learning from glue masters, oh yes.

and they all say the same thing.

right tools for the job
right glue for the job

and many many many many many many pieces of paper so the surface you are working on is always clean,

and every time you apply some glue, before you do anything else shift to a clean working surface so you never get inadvertent glue where it is not meant to be,

and clean hands, which means wet paper towels so you can always wipe the glue off your fingers, and dry paper towels so you are not touching the paper with wet hands

and working slowly enough so the adjoining papers don’t accrue wrinkles or bubbles or aren’t crooked

it’s as bad as caulking.

the gluing project at hand is the backside of the photo printed on the sandpaper which needs to be rendered more suitable to the project at hand, and

as it turns out

I have another set of ohsospecial papers I’d been saving in case I used them for the wrong things which are in fact exactly the size I need, the pages of the book are 8.5 X 5 and the pages I’ve found are 8.5 by 15. ha!

so glue ho, but with gluing it is important to make haste slowly.



getting over myself. whew

March 8, 2013 § Leave a comment

So, I finally got to that sweet spot, that you know, shit or get off the pot spot!
I cut up all those papers that until now I couldn’t possibly have offered up to the project which of course is what they were for in the first damned place

and then I did some printing, oh if I do say so myself our sweet Lady Gray
of here. say. press is a fine mighty press, proud as an old tractor, sturdy and no nonsense, full of grace, anyway, printed two more pages, and speaking of presses, I suppose some kudos are in order for the canon inkjet which did a snazzy job of printing a photo of one of the cobblestone roads on sandpaper! It came out really really well after I coated the sandpaper with some liquitex gloss medium, and lowered the platen on the press.
The photo of the finished print doesn’t do it justice, so you’ll just have to buy the book…

anyway coming down the stretch,
still need a title
still need covers
still need more paper to finish printing the pilgrim page
still need to print the colophon and decide if I’m really going to use the sandpaper photo page in the book, if so, need to get more sandpaper and finish that printing as well. But it’s coming along, finally.

whew. oh and I’m feeling better too.

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