Gallery: Sermons of John Calvin upon the Booke of Job

The Tennessee Arts Commission’s Master/Apprentice program paired me with artist Jennifer McQuistion of Nashville’s Brown Dog Bindery. We spent over 100 hours together in the shop, first expanding her bookbinding skills and then collaborating on a number of bindings featuring her woodburning skills. This is my favorite from that program. It is a Banner of Truth Facsimile edition (1993), a small folio. Titled, Sermons of Maister John Caluin vpon the Booke of Job, it reproduces the 1574 Georgii Bishop printing.

The book was resewn on raised cords and bound in alum-tawed goatskin. Thick boards were inset so that Jennifer’s painted wood panels could be attached, and then I created the “frames” by applying black morocco around the edges, onlaying red and white leather, and then tooling hundreds of tiny dots, stars, etc. The outside of the book is exceedingly simple, being tooled only in blind, but the silk doublures and gorgeous panels inside make for one of my favorite bindings. It is now back from the gallery and is available for purchase at $2800. Inquire for details.

Bound in white alum-tawed leather, before tooling.

Bound in white alum-tawed leather, before tooling.

Blind tooling outside.

Blind tooling outside.

Panels being painted after woodburning

Panels being painted after woodburning

Cutting out leather onlays

Cutting out leather onlays

Leather borders being built up with tooled red and white leather onlays.

Inside front cover

Inside front cover

Inside rear cover.

Inside rear cover.

Front panel closeup

Front panel closeup

Outside covers

Outside covers

Rear panel

Rear panel

Front panel

Front panel