It takes a loooooooong time to make good books. In the two months of class I've had, I've only turned out a dozen finished books (but there are more in the works, so stay tuned).
Here are some photos of sewing some textblocks .... very slowly:
The books are sewn on hemp cords. You get all the holes in line by using a saw on the spine. (TOOLS).
The nerve is level with the pages (not above or too deep).
Even though it takes forever, it's super satisfying to finish sewing textblocks and for them to turn out well. I guess that's what the handmade book still has going for it!