Blind tooling

in bookbinding and leather work, the indented impression of heated tools, without gilding; - called also blank tooling, and blind blocking.

See also: Blind

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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It is here, working with more abstract design elements and a limited palette combined with gold and blind tooling, that Wilcox is at his best, occasionally despite himself.