bookbinding

5:30pm

Mon March 10, 2014
Arts & Culture

Making a book from beginning to end, with one of San Francisco’s last remaining bookbinders

Tim James shows the final product
Jasmín Lopéz

Stepping inside the Taurus Bookbindery is kind of like stepping back in time. The wide open space is packed full of retro machines from the 1920s that could double as torture devices. There are electric paper cutters with long blades, sizzling hot, rusty knives, and eight-foot-tall cast iron weights. Rolls of cloth and leather line the walls, and their earthy smells mix with odors of oil, paper and hot glue.

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