BOULDER JUNCTION - Hand sewing and stitching seems outdated, and in the era of Kindles and Nooks, hand book binding seems absolutely ancient, but one local book binder wants to keep it around.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.
MERRILL - When you think of movies you probably think of Hollywood, but one man from Northcentral Wisconsin is bringing his feature film to the local screen.
Wausau’s Jarrod Crooks not only makes movies, but he also stars in them.
His latest film, "Dispatched" is based off the Elvis Presley movie, “Girl Happy,” says filmmaker Jarrod Crooks. “My character Jake is sent to go watch my bosses daughter while she’s on vacation with a friend. Then an old enemy is kind of after him while he’s on vacation, so some things happen.”
Crooks made, "Dispatched" on a $5,000 budget and it’s full of romance, action, and comedy.
“My buddy would joke with me, ‘why don’t you just pick one genre man and then just go with it'," says Crooks. "I’m like because I want to make this movie how I want to make It'." "I actually like romantic comedies, I think they’re kind of fun, and I think they’re cute. I like action films because I’m a guy, and I like comedy because Jim Carey is great.”
Crooks is only 28 and has already made 4 feature films. His passion started when he was 12 years old.
“I went over to my friend’s house and he had a video camera. I was like oh we should make a movie, and at that time I was really into, “Wishbone,” says Crooks.
“We’d always remake our own literature pieces. Then I saw my first Jackie Chan movie and I’m like, alright it’s settled we’re doing action films from now on," says Crooks. “From then on it was just a love affair with the filmmaking.”
His latest film will be shown at the Cosmo Theatre in Merrill on Saturday at 5pm.
“The fact that I’m bringing it to central Wisconsin is great because this is where I grew up," says Crooks. "All my family and friends get to see it, so I’m very excited about that and you get to see yourself on the big screen what’s better than that.”
Wisconsin court to decide on testing drunk drivers
MADISON - The Wisconsin Supreme Court is set to decide whether police can legally draw suspected drunken drivers' blood without a warrant or driver consent.
The court said it would hear three drunken driving cases, two of which involved a homicide. That announcement came nearly a year after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on a Missouri case that could call into question Wisconsin's law.
Wisconsin since 1993 has granted police authority to draw drunken driving suspects' blood without a warrant or consent.
About 5,000 people refused to comply with police tests in 2011 and 2012.
The eventual rulings in the three cases are expected to clarify how law enforcement can gather evidence in some Wisconsin drunken driving cases.
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