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April 17, 2009

The Hide Glue Book cover mock-up v.2

Filed under: Hide Glue,Historical Material,Of Interest,Publications,Uncategorized — Stephen Shepherd @ 5:33 pm

Here is the second iteration of the books cover.  And I should tell you that it is a collage, the glue pot is made of thin brass, thin copper and a coat hanger.  The glue brush is real with a foreshortened handle.


I certainly appreciate all comments and suggestions.



  1. I liked the first one, this looks top heavy. The brush on the first framed the text. I also liked the 3 dimensional effect of the brush handle on the first one, but I’m just the 500 lb gorrila in the room

    Comment by Dave Buss — April 17, 2009 @ 5:53 pm

  2. I think this is a significant improvement, Stephen. Can’t wait to have it in my hot little hands, albeit old hot little hands.

    Comment by Larry Marshall — April 18, 2009 @ 5:18 am

  3. I like it a bit better than the first one. There is something about the board under the pot that bothers me a bit.

    I think it might work out better to show a pot along with the glue being applied to say, a dovetail joint or mortise and tenon – perhaps with a handsaw laying on the workbench in the background. A bit more personal. You wouldn’t need to show the whole person applying the glue – just the hand, joint, brush, and possibly the pot.

    Anyway, I hope you don’t delay the publication of the book too much working on the cover.

    Comment by Luke Townsley — April 18, 2009 @ 8:06 am

  4. Stephen… I was going to say what Luke said. The pot is a great piece of work… 3-dimensional in a 2-d portrait. The board looks almost cutoff and flat. It makes the pot look out of place. Ditching the board in favor of a piece of work to be glued, or in the process of being glued would go a long way towards serving the cover as an active portrayal of the topic. Don’t know about the hand though. At first I liked the idea, but the pot and glue brush look almost live, as if someone is in the midst of a glue-up job. It’s a moment in time that I like.

    Sorry Luke!


    Comment by Gary Roberts — April 18, 2009 @ 2:40 pm

  5. I’d buy the book if there was only the words Hide Glue on the cover.

    I like the table and pot off centered on this photo, but I also liked the brush standing up. Same take as Dave had.

    I’d also be tempted to drop the verbage on the front cover. But I’m a bit biased since I already know a bit about Hide Glue is/for.

    Or, reduce it to someting like “Historical and Practical Applications”. Repeating “Natural Hide Glue” under the title seems maybe redundent.

    Again, thats just me. I couldn’t be less marketing savvy.

    Either way, this book is on the top of my “can’t wait for list”. A date with Cindy Crawford is neck and neck with your book 🙂


    Comment by Jim Campbell — April 19, 2009 @ 9:35 am

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