|A few versions of my homemade camera trapping log, and the Moleskine notebook I use for general field notes.|
New Year is time to make record books for camera trapping.
I print 4 pages of the data form in landscape format on the front and back of one piece of 8.5 x 11" paper, and fold it in half.
When I have 24 sheets ready, I stitch together 4 signatures of 6 sheets each.
Each notebook has 96 pages, each page good for one camera trap set.
Last year I filled one notebook by the end of October.
I carried on with a spare notebook I had made for practice, but the stitching was loose and I realized my craft is still in the primitive stage.
|I highlight the set number when the set is closed |
and all the data fields are filled in.
This year I made minor revisions to the data form, and decided to glue the signatures after stitching.
I'm pretty happy with the results, which look and feel like they will hold together.
I also added a title page and a ribbon to mark my page.
I've learned about this ancient art from Bibliophile's Bookbinding and Hobby Blog.
It's written by a mysterious Icelandic lady who inherited a plastics plant and binds books for recreation.
She covers her books with tanned fish skin among other things, and she has all the book binding links you need to get started.
One of my frustrations is hand-trimming the pages for the finished notebook.
An exacto knife isn't equal to the task.
The pages can end up uneven and ragged.
So I'm grinding a blade for a guillotine cutter which my neighbor Richard advises me can be bolted to the cast iron front of my 15" wood planer.
"Clamp the notebooks in a wooden press on the out feed rollers with the edge under the blade".
He says the pages will be impeccably trimmed when I crank the planer's bed upward.
I'll keep you posted on that one.