I finished my parchment stationary binding from the workshop I took with Ann-Marie Miller of Codex Conservation. In the workshop we made models of 18th century bindings. Originally, they would have been purchased as ready-made bindings with blank pages, so they could be used for a variety of purposes. She has a great online presentation on these bindings and the presentation goes through their history, creation, and conservation. There are also loads of pictures of the originals if you want to see what those looked like.
The bindings have a front protective flap, and a secret hidden pocket.
It was interesting to get to work with parchment, since this is something I haven’t had a lot of experience with up until this point and we also used gelatin as an adhesive which was new to me as well. Overall, I’m really pleased with how it turned out and the marbled endpaper is just so handsome.
Their were no boards used as the parchment is very sturdy. When it was finished, I could see why someone would chose a parchment book over a hardcover. It’s quite light, but very durable and handy. This is going to make a great travel journal for me someday.