BOULDER JUNCTION - Hand sewing and stitching seems outdated, and in the era of Kindles and Nooks, hand book binding seems absolutely ancient, but one local book binder wants to keep it around.
Boulder Junction's library had a special presentation today as part of their monthly Neighbor to Neighbor program. People got to learn about the art of book-binding by hand.
"What we do is one off work, on the bench, by hand. Pretty much the way it's been done since the 15th century," says Florian Bieschke, the owner of Atelier Bindery in Arbor Vitae.
Florian Bieschke taught the class. He first learned the art years ago.
"It started for me with an apprenticeship in Chicago in Studio 22 which is a fine arts graphics house. And as their apprentice, I could take all the classes that I wanted to for free. One of the classes was book binding," said Florian Bieschke.
Bieschke ran a bindery in Indiana for several years. He then decided to open up shop in Arbor Vitae. And believe it or not, people still want hand bound books.
"Collectors and people who have a family heirloom. A family bible with family history pages where there's hand entries. Who was born, when they died, who married who," says Florian Bieschke.
Bieschke's shop also binds books from very old hand written paper because the paper would rip with a machine process. The shop offers classes to the public to learn the art as well.
RHINELANDER - Wild Instincts celebrated the release of BBC's "Supercharged Otters," which filmed at Wild Instincts in Rhinelander.
Saturday's viewing at Rouman Cinema in Rhinelander had a complementary showing of the episode.
The episode features otters that spent seven months with Rehabilitation Director Mark Naniot and his team.
The episode gives people a look into the life of an otter.
"Like everything else it's the web of life. Everything's all interconnected and even if it's just the pure enjoyment of watching an otter swim or catch a fish and seeing how playful they are sliding down a mudslide or sliding through the snow that alone is immeasurable really," said Naniot.
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