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Keeping Books Alive

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Although books have somewhat been replaced with iPads and other online sources for reading, I find myself continuously drawn to ink and print; the texture of binding, and the delicacy of the paper on the inside.

Paul Vogel, perhaps the best book binder in the country, is preserving an interest in books by embellishing the skin of each book by hand using century old techniques and luxury materials. Based out of East Hampton, his process averages 40 steps (and about 10 weeks) to complete.

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Without question when I have books around me I feel completely unrestrained. They are a luxury that helps me travel without moving; a luxury that I'm so grateful we have craftsmen to preserve.

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