NEW! Printed tutorial: Pianel binding


Learn how to make a Pianel® binding: a bookbinding structure that uses the piano hinge as a main structural and visual feature. Pianel® has a very reduced outlook with all the unsightly elements of the piano hinge tucked away in a neat, nifty construction, leaving only two clean vertical lines on the outside separating the spine and boards. Shiny dots of polished brass rods complete the head and tail.

The process behind the result is simple but requires a lot of precision and planning. A highly rewarding project.

After an introduction, an overview and a list of material and equipment, the tutorial describes every step of the construction, with many full-colour images and line drawings. The exceptionally detailed 56 page booklet is inkjet printed in two languages (French and English) and hand bound by us in Haarlem.

  • Level: challenging / please note that basic operations like sewing and gluing up spine are not described in detail (not suitable for complete beginners)
  • This project requires basic tools but no heavy equipment such as guillotines etc.
  • A material pack is available for this project at a discounted rate. Select Pianel tutorial + material pack from the dropdown menu.
  • Useful tools for this project available from us: dividers, square, small ruler, big ruler, needle holder, sanding block, glue roller, liquid beeswax, metal polish, 40mm brush

We do not offer digital files, find out why here

Check out below the video of the live Pianel launch on Instragram recorded on 15.11.2020. Ben talks about the Pianel and demonstrates some of our products.



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