[GBW] Question about a Tool

Joanne Berkowitz joannebe at pacbell.net
Tue Dec 10 21:35:48 EST 2013


Thanks for all the great comments and suggestions. I will definitely look for the video-is it available through the GBW?


From: Marcia Watt 
Sent: Tuesday, December 10, 2013 5:46 PM
Cc: Guild of Book Workers 
Subject: Re: [GBW] Question about a Tool


In the DVD "Peter Waters: Master Bookbinder," created shortly after Peter's death, there is mention of electrifying this tool in order speed up the process. 


It's a wonderful video.


Marcia Watt

On Dec 10, 2013, at 8:33 PM, Bill Minter wrote:


  Peter,
  The tool that you describe with the connector pins at the end of the handle is identical to the typeholder that Frank Mowery received from his professor.


  Another bit of trivia about heating tools for gold tooling:   Peter Waters and Roger Powell (English binders and book conservators) also realized the benefit of electrically heating a holder for their decorative tools. They used a soldering iron and modified all of their type and decorative tools --- more information about this is planned for an article in the GBW NEWSLETTER.

  All the Best,
  Bill


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  On Dec 10, 2013, at 9:03 AM, Peter Geraty wrote:


    Joanne, 


    I don’t know how useful this is but after Fritz Eberhardt dies I bought his set of electric tools from Trudi. I was always fascinated that he could shape brass and place it in the various handles he had to tool the unusual shapes he made. There is a tool for single letters of type, one for line and decorative pallets and one, a standard lettering pallet much like the ones you have. The tools were made by L Berens in Hamburg and have a transformer that three tools can be plugged into at a time. The element is in the same location as the one you have but the cord feeds from the end of the handle, a more convenient location for using. I wonder if there is a way to move your cord.


    The set up is perfect for a small shop such as the one Fritz and Trudi maintained. They didn’t need pallets, center tools or corners with handles, they only needed the brass tools themselves. I suspect, however that these tools might have been made for production tooling as you could keep your type or pallets on a stove and merely keep switching them out of a constantly heated tool thereby loosing very little time in heating. After all it is the heating of the massive pallet which takes time, not the tiny type so being able to keep the tool at a constant heat is very useful.


    I admit I don’t use his tools very often but we do have a heated tool we use in the shop regularly. It is a roll we bought from Fort Hill Engraving many years ago, they still make them for the furniture industry to tool gold foil on tabletops. We had one at Harcourt Bindery which was where I was introduced to it. It is great for tooling gold lines around leather labels or tooling lines on the covers of half leather bindings. Fort Hill sells rolls to go on it but don’t get them they are very poorly made, or at least they were years ago. We have P & S send us rolls with no handle and the hole for the arbor is drilled out to ½” so it will fit the heated roll. In the end it is cheaper to go this way and it is very nice to have the roll at a constant temperature.


    Peter Geraty 
    Praxis Bindery
    1 Cottage Street, Room 4-24
    Easthampton, MA 01027-1667
    pgeraty at praxisbindery.com
    http://www.praxisbindery.com/
    413-527-7275







    On Dec 8, 2013, at 4:38 PM, Joanne Berkowitz <joannebe at pacbell.net> wrote:


      I'd appreciate posting this to the list:
      I bought the contents of a small bindery and this electric type holder was in it. The cord was very frayed and damaged and it had been repaired before and again now and it actually works. Has anyone any experience with these? Are they useful?  Is there a place to get parts as I have two but the second is not complete. Does anyone know when this may have actually been used? It had a very old fashioned 2-wire cord and someone had wired a primitive thermostat into the cord at an earlier date. Comments below are from my brother who repaired it.
      Thanks for any info.
      Joanne Berkowitz
      Sacramento, CA



       

      Fixed the tools as best I could.

      Tool on Left:
        a.. Guy apparently tried to replace the heater but couldn't find the exact replacement so he kludged in a different heater.  That's why the heater cover is all bent up with screws put in different places.  
        b.. I fixed the wiring from the heater to the switch so it is a little safer. 
        c.. He put a 3 wire power cord on.  Since the device was made before 3 wire cords even existed, the ground wire was doing absolutely nothing.  I replaced the power cord with a two wire cord. 
        d.. One of the thumbscrews was not held in place with anything so it turned freely.  The other thumbscrew was held on by a bent nail.  I installed cotter pins for both thumbscrews. 
        e.. I tested the thing.  It heats up, the switch works correctly and it is relatively safe but there is no guarantee on how long it will last.
      Tool on Right:
        a.. Looks like it's supposed to have the same heater as the other tool.  Since these things are antiques, it is probably hard or impossible to get the right heater.  Do you know of anywhere you can get heaters of any sort for these things? 
        b.. Removed and replaced the broken screw for the handle. 
        c.. The wooden handle turns rather freely.  Should I find some way to stop it from turning?
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