I took a wonderful workshop through the guild of bookworkers yesterday; easy leather spine bindings.
We were instructed to bring several completed text blocks to the course so we could concentrate on the binding. It is genius! It makes having a beautiful leather spine so easy and almost stupid-proof.
The case is constructed off the text block.
Here it is in the prep faze. (it is standing on the fore-edge of the case):
Since the case is constructed off of the text block - all of the decorative spine work can be done first. For example: if I wanted to gold stamp a title onto the spine - it would be SO MUCH easier to do it at this step rather than after the case is on the book.
Once the leather spine is on and has had a chance to dry the boards are covered with decorative paper - or even more leather- or ???