I spent the better part of a week emailing back and forth with the guy who bought a set of Napier’s Bones from me and found some mistakes. He’s a professor at the Universidad Publica de Navarr, which is, I guess, Navarr State U. He was very patient with me, and must be a wonderful [...]
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I’ve been stockpiling books to take to the MBS Conclave in Vancouver next month, but every now and then I have to break out and make something not quite so . . . .bookbindery. I was going to take them all to Vancouver without letting you see them, but I figure what the hell, you [...]
I made a lovely little box of Napier’s Bones to clear my head for the upcoming labyrinth book: Better pictures and dimensions on the website tomorrow.
I finished my new little set of Napier’s bones: What the pictures didn’t capture is the leather dust cover that goes over the bones inside the box. I realized that the Hobson lecture that goes along with the bones is one of the smallest I make. Why don’t I make more micro-only books?
I’ve started designing The Sixth Year of the Bo Press, and will include the nine books I published this year, plus a selection of the miniatures and other curious things I’ve made that don’t fit into any other category. I think, since I made so many medieval-inspired pieces this year, I’ll do the book as [...]
Another new piece for the Conclave: A miniature set of Napier’s Bones, with a copy of E. W. Hobson’s lecture, John Napier and the Invention of Logarithms, 1614, which doesn’t actually have anything to do with Napier’s Bones, but has a nice tie-in with John Napier.
I made a double slipcase for the smallest of the sets of Napier’s Bones: This turned out to be 1 3/8″ x 2 1/4″. I’m having such a good time making these, and I have a smaller side-by-side version I want to make, but who will ever buy all these Napier’s Bones? How many history [...]
Miniaturization is achieved! the tray is 1″ x 1 5/16″, and the book is 1″ x 3/4″. This one’s in walnut. I put the first two up on eBay to see how they would sell, but these won’t be uniques – if you want one for $65 I’ll gladly make you a copy, and in [...]
. . .and another version in the standard tray, which makes it much easier to work with them. This version has a removable divider which keeps them in form, and a slot for the book.
. . .or Napier’s rods, but Napier’s Bones sounds so much more mysterious. I’ll explain what these are later (or you can read about it here), but in the meantime, here’s a couple of shots of the model and the actual cherry wood box for a set of Napier’s bones and a miniature copy of [...]