On Tuesday February 16, 2010 I took a book binding workshop at The Paper Place. www. thepaperplace.ca The workshop was to teach us the piano hinge technique. Our instructor was Cherryl Moote author of Book With Girth. The picture below is of our supplies. We first did a mock up using computer paper and bamboo skewers. It's best to use inexpensive supplies to first get the feel of this binding then to go on to expensive or exotic items such as good paper and porcupine quills.
Here is Karen weaving in her doweling.
It is best to use an odd number of tabs for the spine. My mock up had 5 but I quickly went to 7 for my photo album. You can see in the upper right hand corner my template (purple paper with notches cut out). This ensures even that all signatures will be cut the same size and pattern.
I've already cut some dogwood yesterday for the spine and am ready to make a book at home.