After a year or so of using an open telephone book as a punch cradle, I decided to get a proper one. I’ve seen a tutorial for making one’s own out of wood but I didn’t want to get out the power tools.
I tried it today for the first time. It is 3 metal pieces, one with a thick felt pad, that all fit together with Velcro.
It’s not very long but is about the longest I could find. The metal cradle is 8 inches long but the felt pad is just under 7.5 inches. It’s fine for me as my books are usually only about 8.5 inches and the punch area is shorter. One reviewer, though, says she makes 11 inch tall books on it just fine.
It went together easily and worked very well. An added benefit is that it is light weight, comes apart and thus is quite portable. That’s nice to have as I’m taking a book making series of workshops at Daniel Smith.
Packed for transport.
I’m glad I bought it. The cost, before postage, was $26; with, $33.