David Ernest Sumrall did everything right. He started with an excellent edition. He went to an excellent binder. He got an excellent result. The photos speak for themselves:


David wrote to me about the project:

I stumbled across your blog one day and must admit I fell in love. There are few things that I enjoy in life as much as a good Bible to read. I have filled so many Bibles with notes that I can no longer find that I was completely intrigued by your blank Bible concept. I contacted Paul Sawyer and had him make three sets of blank Bibles for me based on the Cambridge single column NIV. I had one set  done in red for my wife, a brown set for a friend and a black with blue interior for myself. I thought I would send you the pictures. Paul did an excellent job and I am having so much fun. Thank you so much for the wisdom your website has presented. 

Here's how the exterior turned out:


Obviously, the NIV Single Column Text Bible was divided into three parts. Interleaving all that extra paper -- a blank page between each printed one -- would have increased the heft considerably, especially with thicker paper. The spines look great. With those raised bands and the crisp lettering, they'd look nice on a shelf of antiquarian volumes.


A single column text setting is ideal for the wide margin treatment, since you can make notes right beside the relevant passage. As you can see, the same principle applies to blank Bibles. The NIV Single Column from Cambridge is an ideal starting point for this kind of project.



If you search the site, you can find other examples of Paul Sawyer's work. I'd like to offer a special thanks to David for sharing the photos with us. This is an inspirational project, to be sure!