| From 1874 comes a little book that we decided to put back in print because it was so charming. |
I'll talk about the contents in a second but first let's just say we are really proud of the cover - In order to save costs low volume printing has to be done to set sizes. The original book is slightly narrower than the reprint but also a good bit shorter. Wider top and bottom margins are fine on the actual pages but the cover, which is just PVE (Pure Victorian Exuberance) would look odd in a different aspect ratio. Also the cover of original book, which you can see in the background of the picture above has faded over time, some of the gold color has come off, and there is scuffing and damage. Also the original was embossed and with a modern glossy cover just reproducing the cover would result in a subdued shadow of what once was. So we took the original cover, digitized it, turned it into a modern, layered, vector Illustrator file, and then restored and rescaled all the graphics. It was actually a fair amount of work taking several days but when we got the proof copy from the printer our hearts sung with joy. If we were judging a book by its cover this would get a prize.
What caught my eye about this book is not the nitty gritty of actually making anything. The author kind of expects you to know how to use your tools, or be building the projects with knowledgeable help. The book shines because it's so full of stuff not covered anywhere else. It is a great starting place for ideas, there are projects in it with just enough detail to release your imagination, and the projects run the gamut of levels of complexity. However what really makes this book worthwhile is that it is chock full of information on how to layout complex moldings and do geometric constructions that once understood will give you the ability to do some really fancy work. It has the only chapter of instruction I know of that teaches you how to layout Gothic tracery.
You can learn more about the book and download some sample pages by clicking The Boy Joiner and Model Maker.
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