Ars Obscura Book Arts

is creating Content for Social Book Artists: Bookbinders to Conservators!

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The Book Lover

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$3
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This is a reward tier for those of you who would like to support our Ars Obscura | A Book Arts Community efforts due to your general love of books and interest in what I am doing. You are interested in exclusive content not available on Social Media and would like to keep up-to-date on the general goings on at the Bindery. 


  • You will be invited to Participate in Ars Obscura | A Book Arts Community Benefits Polls to help keep what I am offering to my patrons relevant and desirable.


  • You get a Special Members-Only Landing Page with Patreon exclusive content on the Kranz Books Bindery Website for Patrons.


  • You get access to Exclusive Content Not on Facebook or other social media platforms.


  • You will be eligible for Reddit Members-only Flair next to your name.


  • You will receive a Monthly Edition of the Honey Badger Binder Newsletter with reviews, previews of upcoming content, and book arts, bookbinding, and conservation world news! You will also have access to previously published editions of the newsletter to read at your leisure.


  • You will have Access to Discount Codes for the Kranz Books Bindery Etsy Shop weeks before the general public knows about sales.


  • You will have Access to Flash Sales in the Kranz Books Bindery Etsy Shop NOT available to the general public or Social Media.


  • You will receive a Honey Badger Binder Bookmark in the mail after the first month of patronage!


  • You will receive a Honey Badger Binder Art Card in the mail after the sixth month of patronage! The card will be signed by the artist. 

The Bookbinder's Review

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$5
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This is a reward tier for those of you who would like to specifically support my reviews of bookbinding, book arts, conservation, and restoration techniques, schools of thought, tools, books, and products. If you'd like to see me post more reviews on YouTube, here's your chance to make that happen while getting access to exclusive content not available to the public. Here's what you'll get:


  • You inherently receive All of The Book Lovers Membership Benefits! Check out that membership tier for details! There is quite a list of really cool


  • Don't know which tool or cloth to buy? Not sure how to perform a certain technique? I can answer your question about bookbinding tools, materials, and processes.


  • You can suggest bookbinding, conservation, and restoration tools and products for me to review. Reviews will be chosen from the pool of Patron suggestions by voting in a monthly poll.
     
  • You can submit your questions about the tools and products I'll be reviewing and I will answer them in the review video.


  • You can watch my new reviews as early releases before they go public on YouTube.   
     
  • You get behind-the-scenes previews of the products while I'm reviewing them. 


  • You will receive personal invitations to events held at Kranz Books Bindery such as workshops, demonstrations, classes, and watch parties!
     
Instant access to Honey Badger Binder Review patron-only posts!


Plus you can instantly download 2 PDFs


  • How to Open a Book: Learn how to properly open a newly hand-bound book as not to damage the spine.


  • Medieval & Early Modern Manuscripts: Bookbinding terms, materials, methods, and models. This booklet was compiled by the Special Collections Conservation Unit of the Preservation Department of Yale University Library.


JOIN NOW TO ACCESS THESE REWARDS for $5/month

The Book Artist

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$10
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Are you a Book Artist or admirer of Book Arts? Then this tier is for you! You will be able to follow my explorations of both contemporary and traditional artistic practices related to the book as an art object. Here is a list of benefits you will receive if you become a patron at this level: 


  • You inherently receive All of The Book Lovers Membership Benefits as well as All of the Bookbinder's Review Benefits! Check out those membership tiers for details! Between the two tiers, there is quite the collection of benefits.


  •  You will have Exclusive Access to Book Art Content NOT Available On Social Media, The Kranz Books Bindery Website, or YouTube..


  • You get to Watch New Book Art Videos as Early Releases before they go public on YouTube.
     
  • You get Behind-the-scenes Previews of the book arts process while I'm creating them. 


  • You will receive One Chance to Win Each Book Art Project featured in the Book Art videos! Every creation featured in my videos will be raffled off to our Patreon subscribers! The drawings will all be a feature video on this tier.


  • You will receive a Honey Badger Binder Enamel Pin in the mail after 18 months of patronage.


  • You will receive a Honey Badger Bindery Custom Coin in the mail after 24 months of patronage.
     
Plus you can instantly download two additional PDFs in addition to the Honey Badger Bindery Review tier PDF files.


  • Instant download is currently on hold. The Covid-19 pandemic has slowed everything down, including the production of these PDFs. I assure you, they are under development and you will have instant access as soon as they are available. No later than July 4, 2020.


JOIN NOW TO ACCESS THESE REWARDS for $10/month
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You will receive this awesome Honey Badger Binder sticker!

The Conservator

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$10
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This is a reward tier for those of you who would like to specifically support content revolving around book and paper conservation and restoration techniques, processes, materials, and tools. Real world conservation & restoration information for booksellers, collectors, and bookbinders.


  • You inherently receive All of The Book Lovers Membership Benefits as well as All of the Bookbinder's Review Benefits! Check out those membership tiers for details! Between the two tiers, there is quite the collection of benefits.


  • You will have Exclusive Access to Conservation & Restoration Content NOT Available On Social Media, The Kranz Books Bindery Website, or YouTube.


  • You get to Watch All My New Conservation & Restoration Videos as Early Releases before they go public on YouTube.
     
  • You get behind-the-scenes previews of the Conservation & Restoration Processes while I'm restoring and conserving books and paper. 


  • You will receive a Honey Badger Binder Tee-Shirt in the mail after 36 months of patronage.


  • You will receive a Honey Badger Binder Apron after 42 months of patronage!


Plus you can instantly download two additional PDFs in addition to the Honey Badger Bindery Review tier PDF files.


  • Instant download is currently on hold. The Covid-19 pandemic has slowed everything down, including the production of these PDFs. I assure you, they are under development and you will have instant access as soon as they are available. No later than July 4, 2020.


JOIN NOW TO ACCESS THESE REWARDS for $10/month
Exclusive Sticker
Fulfilled by Patreon
You will receive this awesome Honey Badger Binder sticker!

The Bookbinder

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$10
per month
If you are you a Bookbinder or admirer of Bookbinding, then this tier is for you! You will be able to follow my explorations of both contemporary and traditional bookbinding techniques, processes, and practices related to the art of Bookbinding. Here is a list of benefits you will receive if you become a patron at this level: 


  • You inherently receive All of The Book Lovers Membership Benefits as well as All of the Bookbinder's Review Benefits! Check out those membership tiers for details! Between the two tiers, there is quite the collection of benefits.


  •  You will have Exclusive Access to Bookbinding Content NOT Available On Social Media, The Kranz Books Bindery Website, or YouTube. 


  • You get to Watch My New Bookbinding Videos as Early Releases before they go public on YouTube.
     
  • You get behind-the-scenes previews of the Bookbinding Processes while I'm creating the books by hand. 


  • You will receive One Chance to Win Each Bookbinding Project featured in the Bookbinding videos! Every creation featured in my videos will be raffled off to our Patreon subscribers! The drawings will all be a feature video on this tier.


  • You will receive a Honey Badger Binder Tee-Shirt in the mail after 36 months of patronage.


  • You will receive a Honey Badger Binder Apron after 42 months of patronage!
Plus you can instantly download two additional PDFs in addition to the Honey Badger Bindery Review tier PDF files.


  • Instant download is currently on hold. The Covid-19 pandemic has slowed everything down, including the production of these PDFs. I assure you, they are under development and you will have instant access as soon as they are available. No later than July 4, 2020.


JOIN NOW TO ACCESS THESE REWARDS for $10/month
Exclusive Sticker
Fulfilled by Patreon
You will receive this awesome Honey Badger Binder sticker!

The Honey Badger Binder

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$30
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This is a reward tier for those of you who want it all! You will receive all the benefits of the Book Lover, the Bookbinder’s Review, the Book Artist, the Bookbinder, and the Conservator all for less than their combined subscription.

  • You will have Exclusive Access to Content NOT Available On the Other Tiers, Social Media, The Kranz Books Bindery Website, or YouTube.

  • You will have Exclusive Access to the Honey Badger Binder’s Personal Journal Notes only available to Patrons of this tier.

JOIN NOW TO ACCESS THESE REWARDS for $30/month 
Exclusive Merch
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  • Exclusive T-shirt - You will receive a full color Honey Badger Binder tee-shirt!
  • Exclusive Sticker - You will receive this awesome Honey Badger Binder sticker!

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About Ars Obscura Book Arts

Ars Obscura Book Arts is generating book arts topic ideas and a social community dedicated to sharing knowledge in all aspects of the book arts: bookbinding, gilding, art books, conservation, and restoration. Our goal is to create awesome book arts related content ranging from book and tool reviews to videos showing detailed techniques and processes.

Making book arts information readily accessible through our posts here on Patreon in the form of written words, photographs, videos, infographics, and audio clips, is combined with a social interaction and professional discourse on all things related to the book arts. If you join our Ars Obscura Book Arts here on Patreon you will have access to exciting bookbinding informational and educational media in the form of digital & print tutorials, video tutorials and lectures on bookbinding and fine bindings, and book humor!

Ars Obscura Book Arts is operated by the bookbinders and conservators at Kranz Books Bindery, a small, family owned and operated, traditional, hand-bound book bindery based out of Erie, Pennsylvania. In addition of operating Ars Obscura Book Arts, Kranz Books Bindery specializes in creating bespoke modern book art, heirloom quality albums and journals, as well as historically accurate bindings.

One of our goals is to share all aspects of bookbinding knowledge and preserve the tradition of a lost classical skill and art. This is where you can help as a Patreon of bookbinding and book arts!

To expand our capabilities and ability to provide a wider variety of content for you, our viewers, Kranz Books Bindery wants to add more functioning traditional equipment such as a Board Shear, Job Backer, Corner Rounder, an Arming Press, Brass Type and Gilding Tools, and several other pieces. Over the past six years, Edward has been actively purchasing tools and equipment when and where he could. The desired tools are expensive and would take another decade or more to acquire them all without help.

Join the Ars Obscura Book Arts here on Patreon today and gain access to an ever increasing trove of book, book arts, conservation, and restoration knowledge and help us grow, enabling us to create more and better book arts content!

Our vision includes adding book arts workshops; teaching absolute beginners to advanced binding techniques, including gold gilding, restoration techniques, and conservation. The workshops will start off with our very own Honey Badger Binder and conservator, Edward Patrick “Ezju” Kranz, and evolve into extraordinary workshops with guest bookbinders, book artists, and conservators from around the globe.

As an Ars Obscura Book Arts member here on Patreon, you will have exclusive access to all of the workshops both as they are steamed live and as a video perk after the workshop ends. These video workshops will always be available to you as a member of our community.

Another facet of our vision will start with audio and video call interviews with book art, conservation, and restoration professionals from around the world and, when the patronage allows, Ezju will travel to near by and far off destinations to bring the interviews to the book artists and conservators, in their natural environments! One month we may interview a bookbinder and conservator out of Duluth, Georgia and the next be off to Egypt to spend time with the head conservation at the Museum of Cairo!

Regardless of where the interviews take us, one thing is for certain, a deep insight into techniques, practices, and processes from the binderies, studios, and conservatories from around the world will be explored and posted here. All interviews, either via digital communication or in person will be exclusive content for our Patreon members because, without you, the travel would not be possible.

Join the Ars Obscura Book Arts here on Patreon today and get exclusive access to incredible and informative book, book arts, conservation, and restoration information. Help us realize our vision and provide you with exclusive content from the greatest bookbinders and conservators the world has to offer!

Join today! Review the tiers, choose which best fits you, or go for the Honey Badger Binder tier and have it all!
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We have a small selection of brass and cutting tools and will add more each month to expand our capabilities and ability to review for you. Each tool purchased will be fully demonstrated and reviewed in an exclusive video post.
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