cont'd I already have a bone folder for cardmaking, and I may be able to get help from a carer, but I wondered if you could give me a better idea of how physically demanding a hobby this would be? Thanks, Anna, and I'd like to just say that I love your work. :D
Thank you for your kind words. It means a lot to me that you decided to write to me from all the binders out there.
Some bindings are long, are hard and physically demanding. But in modern times some bindings have appeared. Some are new, some are simplified versions of early bindings. A new one is the Secret Belgian binding, a simplified one is the Coptic binding.
Your biggest thing, in my opinion, are the covers. You have to cut them, you have to glue the cloth or the paper you choose. However, you can ask someone to make it for you or you can try to find alternatives, maybe strong cardboard or reuse of old book covers.
Now, the sewing. I am not sure how your hands are. It is not physically demanding, you can sew from the bed if you want. But you have to hold a needle. If you don’t have a problem with that, then you are ok :).
My suggestion is you start for the easiest and most simple and then upgrade in complexity. For instance, I’d start with pamphlet stitch. It’s super easy, super quick and you will get an idea on how hard it is sewing paper for you. Then maybe a Coptic stich. If you get tired of sewing or your hands hurt, you can choose to leave it aside and it won’t undo itself or you can choose to finish the sewing right there and it won’t matter. Also, maybe a Japanese Journal. Belgian journal may be more demanding, because the spine sewing can be tricky in the beginning, but you could try. And, finally, if you made all of those with no problem, you can try a casebound journal, that is, a regular journal (but it requires more glue, while the others don’t).
Here, take this link: http://gatzbcn.blogspot.mx/2014/06/a-reference-guide-on-bookbinding-types.html
A girl took her time to make a list of bindings along with different tutorials, so I think you will find it really useful. I would suggest you avoid most of the adhesive bindings, because they usually are longer, more demanding physically and require more tools, because they are usually more traditional. Maybe the person your father knew made these type of bindings. But you still get plenty to choose from!! Show your father the tutorials provided in the guide, and I am sure he won’t put you off anymore.
I hope this was helpful. If you have any other question, I’d be more than happy to reply it.
I wish you the best, and good luck bookbinding! :)