Tome of Maps
Remove the book from the press and check it looks in good shape. It's common for the edge to be slightly uneven. I'm going to use a dagger and straight edge to make sure it's as neat as possible. Put the book back in the press with the non-spine end just showing, put a straight edge on top and tightens it back up. I'm just trying to cut a couple of sheets at a time, the dagger needs to be very sharp as well. As you can see, it's now nice, straight and square.
If you remember the front and back covers are a heavier parchment. I will be using these wooden boards to fix the leather cover too, and then fix those to the heavier parchment. There is also a thinner strip of wood to reinforce the spine
Inach on Kilican was the best leather worker I could fine, he did an excellent job on the cover.There are some small marks on the back to ensure that the wooden boards line up with the design on the front. Apply an even coat of glue to the first wooden board and then position it on the back of the leather before pressing down firmly.
I need to leave a gap so that the leather isn't too tight and allows book opens correctly. Take the smaller 'spine size' board and coat it with glue, press the thin strip of wood down and leave a fingers width gap between it and the first board. Take the last piece of board and coats that one in glue, position that one the opposite side of the thin strip leaving the same finger sized gap.
I asked Inach to make the cover larger than the book so that I can fold over the edges, if the measurements are right there shouldn't be any trimming needed. I need to apply some glue to all four excess edges and then carefully fold them over.
Now that's down, it's the final stage, I just need to glue the hard cover to the parchment book. Apply an even coat of glue to the front cover before turning it over and carefully aligning it with the left hand wooden board. It's important to glue the book and not the board. It stops glue going where it shouldn't be. Again, the spine isn't glued, this allows the book to open and close properly.
Leave the glue to dry and you have the finished tome.