Finally

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This book has been five years in the making. It is about all the gardens I visited in Japan from 2007 to 2013. It contains most of the photos I took in the gardens along with maps and other ephemera. I probably finished the text block in 2014 or 2015. Since then it’s been wrapped in plastic and sitting on a table in my workroom waiting for covers.

My first bad decision was making the word GARDEN in French knots. Sometimes I enjoy embroidery; too often it’s tedious and boring. So the fabric, thread and boards have also been sitting on that table for the last five years.

The book is huge. Two hundred sheets of paper 8.5 x 14 inches plus about 50 additional folded pages for the maps and stuff. Altogether it is more than two inches thick bound with three brass screw posts (Chicago posts). My second bad decision was to pad the covers using quilt batting. It only added a few millimeters of thickness but made it much harder to cut the holes for binding. I had to drill three 1/4 inch holes through the text and covers. I have a Dremel tool but it won’t hold the 1/4 inch bit. I improvised using a hole punch. It was an awful job.

This is book number 90.

5 thoughts on “Finally

  1. Hello, I found Maurie’s Story online. Thank you for sharing it. My grandfather was the architect Walter Conley and Maurie’s boss. I don’t have many details of his history so it was wonderful to read about it through Maurie’s perspective. On page 75, he mentions the Bahai Temple of Wilmette, IL. Was he saying Conley and Carlson took over supervision of its construction?

  2. Picture looks beautiful. Woo-Whooo!!! It’s finished!!! One less thing on the table. A lot of work went into the making of that book.

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