Q-Collection Comic Book Preservation Project

Custom-made Wooden Binder

Custom-made Wooden Binders

Custom-made Wooden Binders

The binders are to be constructed using 50,000 year-old iridescent New Zealand Kauri wood, 1,200 year-old Alaskan cedar wood and ancient desert-grown ironwood (the hardest wood in the world).

The binders will open flat to allow the laminated comics to be read and then close up tight to keep the comics away from light.

The metal rings that hold the laminated pages in place are to be custom constructed so that when closed the joining points will meet at the bottom and not in the middle as most do. This will prevent the wearing, and possible tearing, of the laminated pages.

Eli Cleveland - Our Binder Maker

1,200 year old Alaskan Cedar Wood

Web resource: www.bearcreeklumber.com/SPECIES/ycedar.html

Scientific Name: "Chamaecyparis nootkatensis" - Yellow Cedar is the hardest known cedar in the world. Prized by boat builders, it has exceptional resistance to weather and insects as well as easy workability. It is one of the slowest growing trees in North America and includes trees that are up to1,200 years old. 50-60 annual rings per inch are not uncommon. This rare and exceptionally beautiful wood species seeks out high and adventurous sites and often grows to the tree line. It is slow growing with high disease and decay resistance, as well as oils that make it very aromatic.

Desert-grown Ironwood

Web resource: www.exoticwood.biz/desertironwood.htm?gclid=CMzg0cWr0qMCFVw65QoddFWruw

Desert Ironwood grows predominantly in the deserts of Arizona and California, USA as well as Mexico. It is one of the hardest and densest woods in the world, with a specific gravity around 1.2 or more. These trees are harvested legally from a reputable source in Arizona and now also from another reputable source in Mexico.

50,000 year old Kauri Wood

Web resource: searchwarp.com/swa87565.htm

The Kauri trees are from ancient forests on North Island, New Zealand and were buried under peat moss during the last ice age. They are well preserved and are now being dug up from the tundra. They have been radio carbon dated to approximately to 50,000 years old. Of coarse, 50,000 years is the ultimate limit of radio carbon dating so it is quite possible that these trees could be older! It is estimated that the trees were growing approximately 12 - 20 centuries before they were buried by the ice.

50,000 year old Kauri Wood (no soundtrack)