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April 21, 2009

Hide Glue (Book) cover mock-up v.?

I am not sure if everybody is happy, but I am.  I will in fact have the photograph professionally shot as soon as I get approval here.


I await your comments.



  1. Catching up on the RSS feed after being away… I don’t know if any of the other commenters have mentioned, but Papyrus, the font being used in all of the mock-ups, is generally regarded as something of an eyesore.

    I don’t know if maybe you mean to use it specifically – it’s your book after all, not mine – but were I in your shoes, I’d choose something that hasn’t been so thoroughly overused.

    Comment by James — April 21, 2009 @ 1:17 pm

  2. I was mostly critical before, but I have none left. Now I just want to buy it.

    Comment by Chuck Beck — April 21, 2009 @ 5:41 pm

  3. I’ll take one!

    Comment by Luke Townsley — April 21, 2009 @ 7:47 pm

  4. The cover has an Albrecht Durer feel to it. Planar but it gives the idea that there is depth. The pot is interesting enough to grab your attention. In fact, the pot as the center of attention is such a grabber that it works!

    Comment by Gary Roberts — April 22, 2009 @ 7:13 am

  5. The problem I have with this version is the pot is to far to the left and the brush further draws your eye out of the edge of the cover

    Comment by Dave Buss — April 22, 2009 @ 9:37 am

  6. correction to my last comment, the pot is to far to the RIGHT
    DAVE (I had that trouble in the army as well)

    Comment by Dave Buss — April 22, 2009 @ 9:39 am

  7. Wow, it just keeps getting better. I love the blue colors.

    I really like the font. I think adds to the feel of a serious book. This cover (and v5), for me, is one I would be drawn too visaully before knowing the subject.

    I would say that I preferred “The Hide Glue Book” as a title, but not enough to have a strong opinion either way.

    I commend you for being so brave in asking for comments!


    Comment by Jim Campbell — April 22, 2009 @ 5:36 pm

  8. The first (v1) one is the very best with the latest graphics superior to the original. I like the pot, the board, and the short title. It is going to be terrific.. Georgia

    Comment by Dave Buss — April 23, 2009 @ 9:12 am

  9. I like the font and the pot placement. The brush had me confused at first, as it blends in with the pot. Looks like a real winner.


    Comment by Don Richards — April 24, 2009 @ 8:06 am

  10. Stephen, The cover looks good. I am looking for a glue pot to purchase and I have several questions as I have read some information on the web. I know you prefer copper to cast iron. Judging from the cover of your book, you prefer a non-electric type. I have seen lately an electric type that goes by the name of “Hold-Heet” it appears to come in aluminum and copper inserts (copper only available in the quart size). It comes in pint size and quart size. My first question is, to a hobbyist woodworker does it make more sense to get the smaller pint size even though it only comes in aluminum rather than the larger quart size so the glue does not spoil before being used? Should I bypass these electric ones and find a freestanding one that I can put on a hotplate. I live in Florida, so it is not like I have a woodburning stove to set it on. Last but not least, can you give me a recomendation on what to get and where I can purchase one?

    Comment by Larry Chenoweth — April 24, 2009 @ 11:47 am

  11. Thanks everyone.

    You can probably get by with a small crock pot or baby bottle warmer and a couple of glass jars with lids. I would also recommend you get the small one if you get an electric as the big one will likely cause you to make up too much glue.
    Both of the glue pots I use are cast iron with tinned liners, copper is the best and I do have a couple of old small copper glue pot but both are tinned on the inside. The glue pot on the cover is made of flat sheet metal and is a collage, so it isn’t real.
    I cover glue pots in great detail in the book.


    Comment by Stephen Shepherd — April 24, 2009 @ 12:42 pm

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