So how have I been spending my time? I have had some dental work done, thanks to a fall I took about a month ago that resulted in a fractured tooth, and I have been binding books. My avocation is bookbinding. About 6 years ago I found a book called "The Penland Book of Handmade Books" and was inspired to learn this art. After several years of classes in varying venues, along with experimenting on my own, I have settled on the fact that what appeals to me most is the book structure, not its contents. (That is, in terms of my creating the book!)
These next two books were commissioned by a good friend, who intends to give them as gifts. They are made with wooden covers (African padouk on the top and mahogany on the bottom) and have an exposed spine binding. The binding is the Coptic stitch, which originated in 4th century Egypt.
I am taking a small subset of my bookbinding tools with me and am looking forward to getting acquainted with bookbinders and paper artists in Bucharest.
Oh -- I also have had my mail forwarded, finished packing, eaten leftovers, had social occasions with friends and family who wanted to wish me well, purchased locks for the suitcases, made copies of all the important papers going with me and ... The next update will be written from Bucharest and will share first impressions!