In the mechanical era, most versions of bookbinding are done by computer-run machines than churn out thousands of books per day. Handmade books, and book repair is a dying art, and the once-rich industry in NEw York City has dwindled down to just a handful of small businesses.
One of the last remaining bookbinding businesses in the City is a small basement shop in Yorkville called Rustie’s Bookbinding. In this video from NYU Tonight’s Caitie Hawthorne, hear all about the art of bookbinding from owner Rustie Gungor himself.
Rustie Gungor is one of the few book binders left in New York City. Here, we take a look inside his workshop and his rare, dying craft.