Hard Cover Fabric Choice

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Hello Sophia

Thank you for direction on attaching the text block to a new cover. I’ve learned when you ask for donations, particularly books, you don’t know what you’re going to get. We ended up with a pile of Bibles either without covers or badly deteriorated ones, although with “like new” text blocks. I make a makeshift press, and so far stripped and cleaned up 4 block backs. Thinking ahead, I’d like to ask your advice upon making hard covers. I was going to cover “binders board” with some material to make sturdy covers . . . I read somewhere Buckram is a good material for rough service. These Bibles are going to remote villages in Malawi, Africa where we build libraries with donated books we collect ship there. I went to the online supplier you mentioned, Talas, and was overwhelmed with the possibilities of cover fabric. Would you kindly comment if Buckram is the best choice? And a good thickness for binder board. And is muslin the most robust choice versus mull?

Thank you for answering my endless questions!

Paul

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    Asked on October 3, 2020 5:42 pm
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    Hi Paul,

    I did a little looking around and found exactly what you need at Hollanders. The minimum order is 10 yards but that should work out for you with all the books! 

    https://hollanders.com/products/buckram-bookcloth-black?variant=30341636259894

    Muslin is stronger than mull. 

    The binders board is a good question. Most of those Bibles would have originally had flexible covers. You could do that again with a thick Bristol Board, but if you really want hard-covers then .08 should be fine for the Davey Board. 

    I love your determination to get this project done and I am happy I can help.

     

     

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      Thank you Sophia for your valuable help.  I've ordered the materials you recommended from Hollanders.  Attached is my photo of a very typical house of the many folks we work with in Malawi.  You can see the need for "robust" materials!  Books in Malawi are a rarity!

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