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Mr. Wildcard can make more than guitars.  For those book makers out there who are interested in having a press clamp, here’s a honey-do the Wildcard recently did for me.

Press clamp
Press clamp

We bought a “delux press clamp” from Grizzly Industrial for $70.  The Wildcard scrounged up the off-fall from a maple butcher block counter top and some scrap walnut which he had stored and moved for the past several years.  I found the perfect breadboard of Black Acacia at our local big box store for $20.  Some nuts and bolts. Y voila!  A press for the book construction process, something I had always wanted but not put high on the list because I thought them too expensive.

He found he had to make a couple of small modifications: 1) sand the oil off the breadboard, and 2) add a cross piece near the center of the breadboard to keep it from spinning.

No more “heavy” art books to weigh down projects.  Maybe I can jettison Janson.

Thanks, hunny.

Father’s Day

Neither  Oola nor I traveled much this summer.  Oola lazed about an imaginary pool, and I took my daily walks in the center of one of the most famous and desirable areas in the world — our own SF Bay Area.  I like to go to the Emeryville Marina and walk the path from the Bay to the pier to the yacht harbor.  I follow the occasional suspicious sea lion and watch those amazing young men stay alive on their sail/boards or lift themselves high into the air with their kite/boards.  (I don’t know what the real names of those toys are, but they produce some amazing sport.)

I did have Oola help me scatter some nasturtiums on the Bay for Father’s day, and with a little help from the Mysterious One I just finished this artist book about the experience.

Here are some sample pages:

Muß ist eine harte nuß.
Muß ist eine harte nuß.
Your baptism with the sharks
Your baptism with the sharks
And your long journey.
A great thirst of small birds, And your long journey.

To see the full sequence, go to

http://www.jandove.com/index.php/artist-made-books/fathers-day