Posted by: Gábor | December 13, 2009

Cutting the Sheets for the World’s Largest Book

Today we were short on helping hands so we decided to do just cutting and folding the sheets but not sewing them as that requires more people. Out plan was to finish 7 signatures, instead we’ve done 8. That’s 96 pages! 🙂

Progress: 288 cut (85%), 192 sewed out of 336.

Posted by: Gábor | December 10, 2009

World’s Larges Book – 3D Design

This is how the Book will look like when finished. Design made in SketchUp.

On the cover we will place a leather covered, carved salamander the coat-of-arms animal of the Aggtelek National Park.

Posted by: Gábor | December 6, 2009

Large Book Sewing

Today we’ve started with the sewing of the pre-cut sheets. That means moving three signatures back to the first table and sewing the fourth, then moving back all signatures one by one and after collating the sheets into one signature, sewing them. This procedure felt to be a very quick process compared to our normal work when we need to cut and fold the six sheets before collating and sewing. Of course it was just a feeling our overall progress was the same at the end of the day.

If the afternoon we continued our work in the normal way: cutting, folding, slipping, collating, sewing.

This is when a very big surprise has come: unprinted pages on the roll. Two completely empty page where photos and text ought to have been. It was not indicated on our printing list where all printing errors are marked. Luckily we’ve found the good, replacement sheets after unwinding 38 square meters (409 square feet) of one side printed paper.

Progress: 192 done out of 336 pages (57%).

Posted by: Gábor | December 5, 2009

Cutting the Sheets

Today we just cut the sheets to prepare them for sewing. After folding all sheets were slipped onto the semi-finished book. Today we’ve reached page 156.

Posted by: Gábor | November 29, 2009

Sewing the Largest Book

The sewing is continued. Today we’ve faced a hard day in terms of roll change. We have a list from the printing company with markings indicating any printing problem. Because the sheets are in continuous order on the rolls in case of a mistake we need to change the current roll to the “correction roll” and use the reprinted  pages from there. After that we can continue the original roll. This means moving the 100 kg (220 pounds) rolls and lifting it with a shaft of the approximately same weight. All together we are over 6 roll change due to this, 3 more is ahead.

Progress: 120 done out of 336 pages.

Posted by: Gábor | November 28, 2009

Sewing the World’s Largest Book

Today we’ve continued the sewing. Based on the experience of the first 24 pages, we plan to reach page 120 by the end of tomorrow. That means we need to sew 4 signatures each day.

By the end of the day we’ve done with the planned pages for today. That’s the double what we’ve done at the first time because we are now using those techniques that we developed at the beginning.


Progress: 72 done out of 336 pages.

Posted by: Gábor | November 25, 2009

Guinness World Records

Today I received a Claim ID and confirmation about the application. It just took one day for them at Guinness to review the application. It doesn’t mean they accepted the claim, it’s just information about their internal process.

Posted by: Gábor | November 24, 2009

Guinness World Records Application

This is the second time we have contacted Guinness World Records. I sent the online record attempt form today and signed digitally their ARRA (Agreement Regarding Record Attempt) and Terms and Conditions. A few minutes later the online agreement was in my email box with the WebClaim ID.

Claimed title: Largest book 🙂

Posted by: Gábor | November 21, 2009

First Signatures Sewed

The first two signatures were sewed today. Each signature contains six sheets (12 pages). In the beginning the procedure took longer than we expected due to many of the procedures were used first time on the large book. Even a simple folding required three person’s simultaneous work and every endeavor to make a straight fold.

Progress: 24 done out of 336 pages.

Posted by: Gábor | November 20, 2009

End-leaf and the First Page

Today we are adding the first page to the book. The size of one page is 360 x 400 cm (141.7 x 157.5 inch) and one empty sheet of this size is glued to the end-leaf.

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