Punch cradle

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.

This is “Sally’s Piercing Cradle” designed by Sally Robertshaw and sold at John Neal Books.  It’s found on this page.   John Neal is a good source for pens, ink and book making supplies.

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.

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About redharparts

Born in Michigan. Attended undergrad and graduate universities there. I've lived in England, Germany, Southern California and now Washington (state). I'm a retired Medical Social Worker with a past specialty in Oncology. I've enjoyed exploring historical re-creation through the SCA. I costume in several fandoms. Lately I've returned to Art and have taken up Urban Sketching, a version of en plein air painting.
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