Dispatches from Maine: Strong Arm Bindery
During our time in Maine we were able to visit Strong Arm Bindery, a bindery, fine book making, and book restoration shop, that sports it’s own letterpress shop (in collaboration with 43rd Parallel Press). This picturesque workshop is situated in the former Parts Department of a historic steam engine factory on the East End waterfront of Portland. As it’s founder and primary employee (not counting the Cat) Martha Kearsley is Strong Arm Bindery, when she’s not teaching at the very cool North Bennet Street School in Boston (read a great interview on the Armfuls of Show and Tell blog), she can be found here working her craft and trade.
From her nook in the old factory she does all kinds of restoration work, as well contract binding, and bookmaking, as well as a host of smart and quirky projects that suit her fancy.
The shop Cat.
Follow this photo-essay after the jump to see all the wonder of this amazing workshop.
Now that is not a paper guillotine. It a board Shear.
This studio had achieved the zen-perfect balance between clean craft space and kitsch.
(If these cat photos don’t boost our internet traffic nothing will!)
This project ‘Origami for Mainers’ is 1) totally funny (who every heard of Black Fly origami?) and 2) part of a larger locally-sourced craft fundraiser for regional schools, called the Close Buy Catalog organized by Masey Kaplan.
Cool light table hack: glass+paper+2 bricks+portable light.
We snuck across the gangway to the other buildings in the factory. look at that SPACE!
And a view of the harbor.
This shop had the best crap ever!
Martha (below) explaining things the out-of-towners.
The letterpress situation is a share with 43rd Parallel Press.
What a lovely shop/studio – if you are in Portland and you need something bound- look no further.Bookmark / Share / Print