walking and books

 yesterday there was a little snow left
 she loves it

today i took two girls walking around school 
(which is in town)
for their p.e. class
suits me
and then taught my bookbinder
he has very good hand skills
and is comfortable piecing two pieces of hide together 
for his wrap around cover
 he "gets" sewing
 this was his first pamphlet, 
with a little decorative stitching
i showed him my byzantine binding exemplar today
he was impressed
on today's 2.5 mile walk 
with wendy
i was gifted with 
early spring
how weird this winter
so far


on the way to work this morning there was a rainbow arching over the school. only either end was visable, but it was a big one. rainbows are about light shining through darkness. that was what happened today.
i witnessed a student learn to sew, increase his skill base, make a book, and most importantly learn that he can make things. things good enough to be proud of.
he made a long stitch binding with a button closure. he used a natural flaw in the leather for his buttonhole.
this isn't a particularly difficult binding, and the book is all made of hand-me-downs. but this is what he said: i've never sewed before. this is too hard. i'll never get this. i made this and it's good. and he worked diligently because he now trusts me and when i told him it would work, he tried to make it work. it did. he is fully aware that he has believed a story about his own incompetence. he's now rethinking that tale. 

gary frost wrties about the haptics of books, and this student, who used to hate to read and write, is writing despite his poor spelling, and telling his story. now he has a book he designed and built. i hope he will use this book and, perhaps, bring it back to show me. he gladly let me take photos.