the garter belt like book band was rather distracting, so i took it off.
took quite an effort and a couple nicks to batter up the spine. a lady in my workshop saw me doing it and asked why was it all torn up and if i was doing it on purpose. the binding was an all day job. well...a couple considering i disbanded the first which was too flashy. this one is much more pleasing to my eyes.
i kind of showed her a picture of it and hinted it's coming her way. she was thrilled. i might do something similar for myself.