A morning radio program recently was discussing lost arts. A few things were mentioned including calligraphy, chivalry, and blacksmithing. I was worried that book binding would be on the list of lost arts, but that does not seem to be the case at all.
This fiscal year my team has a budget line for book binding. We intend to send some of our cancelled looeleaf services to the bindery to both preserve their integrity as a point in time research tool as well as make it clear that the content does not change. There are a couple of very good book binding business in Edmonton that we regularly use and though the players in the market have changed some, there are still several thriving companies.
If you are interested in beautiful books and binding, you may pander to your passion at the Art of the Book conference in Calgary, July 11-13, 2013. This conference is organized by the Canadian Bookbinders and Book Articists Guild and takes place every 5 years. There are workshops offered by the organization on July 6-10. If you are in Ottawa on May 4, from 10:30 to 4:00 there are demonstrations and a Book Arts Show and Sale. (English poster).
For a taste of the Art of the Book '08 entries, check out the online exbition.