Tour Stop 10: The Cutter
This guillotine-like device, the Polar Paper Cutter, is the ﬁnal stop on a book’s journey. It looks more dangerous than it really is, but caution is advised. A book’s measurements (its ‘trim size’) are entered into the machine, creating a program of different cuts. Using two hands (a safety feature that ensures no limbs are lost) the operator cuts the book (or broadsheet, postcard, etc.) accordingly. Four to six books can be cut at a time. They’re then boxed and shipped out the back door. The blade is changed once a month.
Georgia Webber, our most recent recruit, spent a hazing period of eight months chained to the guillotine, though she has since branched out to the other bindery machines and even the computers upstairs. In her spare hours, she writes, draws, sews, publishes gangLion comics and is working on a comic series on the Toronto Islands, where she grew up.