Bookbinding and calligraphy workshops

Bookbinding and calligraphy workshops and short courses provide an opportunity for individuals interested in exploring bookbinding and calligraphy to build skills, explore materials and become familiar with a wide-range of binding and calligraphy styles and techniques.

Individuals who are new to bookbinding and serious about learning the basics are encouraged to take the fundamentals classes. Some workshops are appropriate for all levels and master classes provide opportunities for professional binders to learn new skills. For the most part, calligraphy classes are appropriate for all levels.

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Sunday, February 14, 2016

Family Workshop - Writing Letters, Embracing a Lovely Tradition

Sunday-Monday, February 14-15
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Instructor: Maryanne Grebenstein
$125

In this first-time family offering students learn the old tradition of keeping a ‘letter book’. This workshop begins with binding the letter book. Then students write letters to someone special, keeping in mind some important things to remember when corresponding by letter and postal mail. For youth ages 10-16.

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Registration closes 7 days prior to class start.

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Saturday, February 20, 2016

Fundamentals of Calligraphic Arts I & II

Saturdays & Sundays, February 20-21, March 19-20, April 2-3, 2016
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Instructor: Maryanne Grebenstein
$1,100

This combined Level I and Level II course allows students of either level to benefit from a smaller class size. With a maximum of 4 students, each will have a more tailored experience and additional 1-1 time with the instructor. This course meets one weekend each month for three consecutive months for a total of 48 hours of instruction/studio time with ample time to practice skills between sessions.

Students beginning at level I will build a solid foundation in Italic lettering, Copperplate script lettering, layout and color. The skills acquired will have many practical applications.

Students in level II will expand into manuscript gilding and preparing hand-lettered artwork for commercial printing. Level II students create a certificate design to be printed and then completed by hand.

Students are responsible for supplying their own tools. A tool list will be sent at least 2 weeks prior to class start.

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Registration closes 7 days prior to class start.

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Traditional Ethiopian Bookbinding

Saturday-Sunday, February 20-21
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Instructor: Bill Hanscom
$375
Plus $50 materials fee, payable to instructor on first day of class.

CLASS IS FULL. Please call or email the Continuing Education Office to be added to the wait list. 617-227-0155 ext.130 or continuingeducation@nbss.edu.

Despite its steady decline during the last century, little has changed in the production of an Ethiopian bound manuscript for more than 1400 years. This two-day workshop will begin with a presentation detailing the traditional methods and materials of the Ethiopian scribe and bookbinder. Students will then construct two historical models. The first will be a basic binding with bare wooden boards demonstrating the fundamentals of the unsupported link stitch, board attachment and repair, and the construction of a ləbas (a protective cloth over-cover). The second will be a full leather binding with inlays of patterned cloth and traditional endbands of interwoven leather strips. Basic tooling techniques as well as common designs and motifs will be discussed and demonstrated. Students will be given the opportunity to decorate their bindings as time allows.Prerequisite: Fundamentals of Bookbinding I or equivalent experience.

Students are responsible for supplying their own tools. A tool list will be sent at least 2 weeks prior to class start.

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Registration closes 7 days prior to class start.

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Saturday, February 27, 2016

Box it Up! Making Protective Enclosures for Books

Saturdays, February 27 - April 2. No class March 26.
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Instructor: Amy Lapidow
$695

If it’s a fragile item, something precious or you just want to give your book something special, make a box! Learn how to measure for the perfect fit, review uses for each type of enclosure and the materials suitable for each. 5 weeks, 4 different enclosures.

This is an advanced beginner class. Students should feel comfortable with the basics of bookbinding: measuring, cutting and sewing a textblock on tapes; and gluing.

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Sunday, February 28, 2016

Single Signature Binding

Sundays, February 28 - March 20
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Instructor: Erin Fletcher
$475

Students begin by making a simple softcover pamphlet booklet then use this basic bookbinding technique and create two different hardcover single signature bindings. The first is a modified stub binding, which pushes the signature away from the spine, allowing the text to open flat. The second is a modified Bradel binding with a leather spine. Prerequisite: Fundamentals of Bookbinding I or equivalent experience, no leather experience necessary.

This is an advanced beginner class. Students should feel comfortable with the basics of bookbinding: measuring, cutting and sewing a textblock on tapes; and gluing.

Fill your handmade books with beautiful writing! Try one of our upcoming calligraphy courses to get started. Italic Lettering and Copperplate Script are just around the corner.

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Registration closes 7 days prior to class start.

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Monday, April 4, 2016

Fundamentals of Bookbinding I

Monday-Friday, April 4-8
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Instructor: Erin Fletcher
$675

Students learn the foundations of bookbinding through hands-on experience and discussion. Learn structural elements, sewing variations, covering and cutting techniques using various materials, in addition to proper use of tools and equipment. Discussions throughout the course cover terminology, paper grain and folding, selecting proper materials and tools, and adhesives and their properties. The focus is on non-adhesive structures such as coptic, historical long stitch and case bindings such as flat back, rounded back.

Fill your handmade books with beautiful writing! Try one of our upcoming calligraphy courses to get started. Italic Lettering and Copperplate Script are just around the corner.

Students are responsible for supplying their own tools. A tool list will be sent at least 2 weeks prior to class start.

Please review our Registration Policies before registering.

Registration closes 7 days prior to class start.

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Saturday, April 9, 2016

Paper "Leather" Bindings

Saturday-Sunday, April 9-10
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Instructor: Fionnuala Gerrity
$325

Love the look of leather but hate the expense? Learn how to use paper as an alternative covering material to leather in this two-day class. This material is also great for conservation applications and for those who prefer to avoid animal products. Students make a blank book sewn on raised cords with a paper covering material molded around the spine and toned to simulate the look and feel of leather. No paring required!.

Students are responsible for supplying their own tools. A tool list will be sent at least 2 weeks prior to class start.

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Registration closes 7 days prior to class start.

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Saturday, April 16, 2016

Italian Paper Bindings

Saturday-Sunday, April 16-17
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Instructor: Bill Hanscom
$430
Plus $40 for materials payable to the instructor on the first day of class.

Explore the history and use of inexpensive paper-covered book structures beginning at the advent of the printed book in Europe and continuing through the industrial revolution of the nineteenth century. Participants will create four models of bindings commonly used in the Italian region including a plain wrapper, laminated case wrapper, basic long-stitch, and paper case. Models will incorporate decorated and handmade papers, as well as historically-employed sewing techniques and end-sheet constructions. Structural variations and decoration will be examined through images and historical examples from the instructor's collection.

Students are responsible for supplying their own tools. A tool list will be sent at least 2 weeks prior to class start.

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Registration closes 7 days prior to class start.

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Saturday, April 23, 2016

Introduction to Paper Conservation

Saturday-Sunday, April 23-24
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Instructor: James Reid-Cunningham
$425

Stable paper repairs form the foundation for the successful rebinding of any book. This workshop explores contemporary methods of repairing and reinforcing damaged or compromised papers. Students are provided with samples of damaged sheets of paper to repair, including commonly used book printing papers dating from the 17th to the 21st centuries. Students should bring in their own books and documents for examination and treatment during the course.

The workshop begins with a discussion of types of paper, their physical characteristics, the history of paper manufacturing, and the ways paper degrades over time. Students then examine and repair materials and tissues; the tools used to conserve paper; and a range of adhesives.

The paper conservation treatments covered includes surface cleaning; mending tears; guarding sections; filling losses or missing sections of a leaf; transparent mends done over areas with type or images; humidification and flattening of folded or creased pages; spot testing of inks and pigments; lining single sheets of paper; methods for drying wet paper; toning and coloring repair tissues; and the repair of coated papers. This workshop is for both beginners and those with training and experience in book repair who are interested in expanding their range of paper conservation treatments. Bench work will focus on producing aesthetically pleasing repairs that are structurally sound.

Students are responsible for supplying their own tools. A tool list will be sent at least 2 weeks prior to class start.

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Registration closes 7 days prior to class start.

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Friday, April 29, 2016

Springback Revisited

Friday-Sunday, April 29-May 1
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Instructor: Amy Lapidow
$540

The springback book structure was used historically for large account books that had to open very flat. This class covers the form of the springback made on a smaller, more modern scale, suitable for journals. Students build on their basic bookbinding skills and are introduced to leather as a covering material as well as to this unique book structure.

This is an advanced beginner class. Students should feel comfortable with the basics of bookbinding: measuring, cutting and sewing a textblock on tapes; and gluing.

Fill your handmade books with beautiful writing! Try one of our upcoming calligraphy courses to get started. Italic Lettering and Copperplate Script are just around the corner.

Students are responsible for supplying their own tools. A tool list will be sent at least 2 weeks prior to class start.

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Registration closes 7 days prior to class start

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Saturday, April 30, 2016

Italic Lettering

Saturday-Sunday, April 30 - May 1
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Instructor: Maryanne Grebenstein
$175

More elegant than typical roundhand calligraphy, italic lettering can be used for writing longer decorative texts. Beginning with the basics of pen angle, letter slope and letter proportion, students learn how to create the Italic alphabet using a chisel-shaped pen dipped in ink. Lots of practice and a few simple projects help students become familiar with this calligraphy style.

Students are responsible for supplying their own tools. A tool list will be sent at least 2 weeks prior to class start.

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Saturday, May 7, 2016

Ye Olde Booke Phone Case

Saturday-Sunday, May 7-8
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Instructor: Fionnuala Gerrity
$195

Make a custom book-case for your smartphone using traditional materials and styles to get that ‘old book’ aesthetic. Students design and construct at least one complete phone case and leave with the skills to make one (or more) for a friend!

Students are responsible for supplying their own tools. A tool list will be sent at least 2 weeks prior to class start.

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Saturday, May 14, 2016

Secret Belgian Binding

Saturday-Sunday, May 14-15
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Instructor: Erin Fletcher
$175

The origin of the Secret Belgian binding is debatable. It could be a contemporary structure coming out of Canada, United States, Italy or the Netherlands. Or it could have originated in a Belgian monastery sometime between the 14th and 16th centuries. Setting aside the politics, this workshop will explore the Secret Belgian structure and ways to modify it. On day one, students will put together two variations of this non-adhesive structure, which is simple and can be quickly constructed. It opens flat and is perfect for thinner text blocks. On day two, students will explore modified versions of the Secret Belgian binding explored by Anne Goy by playing with the amount of sewing, size of sewing holes and incorporating Tyvek.

Students are responsible for supplying their own tools. A tool list will be sent at least 2 weeks prior to class start.

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Registration closes 7 days prior to class start.

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Saturday, May 21, 2016

Copperplate Script

Saturday-Sunday, May 21-22
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Instructor: Maryanne Grebenstein
$350

This beautiful Victorian-era script is perfect for invitations, formal table accessories and as an accompaniment to broad-edged lettering on scrolls. Leave this weekend course with several usable projects including a mock invitation and envelopes.

Students are responsible for supplying their own tools. A tool list will be sent at least 2 weeks prior to class start.

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Registration closes 7 days prior to class start.

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Saturday, June 4, 2016

Exploring the Accordion Book

Saturday & Sunday, June 4 & 5 (2 sessions)
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Instructor: Nancy Fresella-Lee
$375/$337

The accordion book structure is a favorite with contemporary book artists because the format offers endless design possibilities and ways to convey visual and literary content. This is an ideal structure for beginners, and the workshop includes some basic techniques of bookbinding to help develop hand skills. Students experiment with and complete several variations of accordion books during the workshop.

Students are responsible for supplying their own tools. A tool list will be sent at least 2 weeks prior to class start.

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Registration closes 7 days prior to workshop start.

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Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Paper Covered Journals

Tuesdays & Thursdays, June 7- 14 (3 sessions)
6:00 PM - 9:30 PM

Instructor: Fionnuala Hart-Gerrity
$195/$175

Learn to make a simple journal, great for making lists or taking notes. This journal is a long stitch structure sewn through a heavy paper cover, and covered with decorative paper for a distinctive and eye-catching result. Using basic tools and techniques, students create one blank journal in this class. Simple to sew, easy to make, and a pleasure to use, these journals are a great gift for yourself and friends.

Students are responsible for supplying their own tools. A tool list will be sent at least 2 weeks prior to class start.

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Registration closes 7 days prior to workshop start.

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Saturday, June 11, 2016

Embroidered Leather Sampler

Saturday & Sunday, June 11 & 12 (2 sessions)
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Instructor: Erin Fletcher
$275/$247

Embroidered bindings are typical of the 15th-17th centuries and were primarily done on silk, satin, velvet or canvas. Contemporary bookbinders and book artists have been incorporating embroidery into a variety of materials. In this workshop, students learn a range of embroidery stitches on cloth before executing them onto leather. We discuss ways of preparing the stitched leather for covering.

Students are responsible for supplying their own tools. A tool list will be sent at least 2 weeks prior to class start.

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Registration closes 7 days prior to workshop start.

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The Folded Book

Saturday & Sunday, June 11 & 12 (2 sessions)
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Instructor: Bill Hanscom
$395/$355

Plus $20 materials fee payable to instructor at first class

Explore the intersection of origami and bookbinding. Students put the techniques of traditional paper-folding to work creating structures that draw inspiration from many corners of bookbinding. The accordion fold, the codex, albums, maps, and even boxes and envelopes all make appearances. Your hands, supplemented by only the simplest set of tools, transform flat sheets of paper through folding (and the occasional cut), resulting in a variety of elegantly simple and dynamic structures.

Students are responsible for supplying their own tools. A tool list will be sent at least 2 weeks prior to class start.

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Registration closes 7 days prior to workshop start.

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Monday, June 20, 2016

Fundamentals of Bookbinding

Monday-Friday, June 20-24 (5 sessions)
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Instructor: Erin Fletcher
$675/$607

Students learn the foundations of bookbinding through hands-on experience and discussion. This course covers non-adhesive structures and case bindings, which teach structural elements, sewing variations, covering and cutting techniques using various materials, tools and equipment. Class discussions will cover terminology, paper grain and folding, selecting proper materials and tools, and adhesives and their properties.

Students are responsible for supplying their own tools. A tool list will be sent at least 2 weeks prior to class start.

Please review our Registration Policies before registering.

Registration closes 7 days prior to workshop start.

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Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Brass Clasps

Wednesday-Friday, June 22-24 (3 sessions)
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Instructor: Jeff Altepeter
$475/$427

This class is an introduction to basic metalworking for bookbinders. Over two days practice a variety of techniques to make samples of traditional book fastenings. Working mainly with sheet brass, students explore methods for cutting, filing, drilling, bending, cold forging and polishing metal to produce samples of hasps and catch plates. Learn to make cold connections (rivets) and experiment with decorative techniques including chasing, dapping, and rudimentary engraving. Students may also practice attachment techniques by riveting the samples to boards and straps.

The instructor supplies tools to share in class, however it will keep everyone working smoothly and avoid delays if you are able to bring as many items as possible from the tool list.

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Registration closes 7 days prior to workshop start.

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Saturday, June 25, 2016

German Paper Binding

Saturday & Sunday, June 25 & 26 (2 sessions)
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Instructor: Bill Hanscom
$395/$355

Plus $30 material fee payable to instructor at first class.

This two-day course examines one corner of the history of inexpensive paper-covered books used from the advent of the printed book in Europe through the industrial revolution of the nineteenth century. Participants construct three common German paper-bound structures (paper wrapper, stiffened paper binding, and trade paper case with lapped components) using the associated sewing variations and end-sheet constructions. Structural variations and decoration are examined through images and historical examples from the instructor's collection.

Students are responsible for supplying their own tools. A tool list will be sent at least 2 weeks prior to class start.

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Registration closes 7 days prior to workshop start.

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Picture Inset Case Binding

Saturday & Sunday, June 25 & 26 (2 sessions)
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Instructor: Fionnuala Hart-Gerrity
$275/$247

Incorporate a favorite piece of art or a small photograph into a binding by learning to inset images into a book cover. Students create a blank model cloth-case binding with an image inset into the front or back board behind glass. This technique is great for photo albums, or to personalize gift bindings. Students can bring their own small image (1” square) or piece of flat art, or choose from images supplied in class. .

Prerequisite: Familiarity with making basic case bindings (Fundamentals of Bookbinding I or equivalent experience).

Students are responsible for supplying their own tools. A tool list will be sent at least 2 weeks prior to class start.

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Registration closes 7 days prior to workshop start.

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Saturday, July 9, 2016

Exploring Paper

Saturday & Sunday, July 9 & 10 (2 sessions)
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Instructor: Linda Lembke
$325/$292

In this class we look at the history of paper, examine its physical properties, and play with its creative possibilities. Activities are designed to develop a deeper understanding and appreciation of paper and to build an awareness of its working properties. On the first day students look carefully at a wide variety of contemporary Western papers: handmade and machine made papers, European and North American papers, art papers and printing papers. On the second day we play with the creative possibilities of paper without the use of other art materials and make an accordion book of sample paper alterations intended to serve as inspiration for other bookmaking applications. Students leave with a collection of sample papers, accompanied by a printed guide for their use and a glossary of paper terms.

Students are responsible for supplying their own tools. A tool list will be sent at least 2 weeks prior to class start.

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Registration closes 7 days prior to workshop start.

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Monday, July 11, 2016

Conservation of Leather Bindings

Monday-Friday, July 11-15 (5 sessions)
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Instructor: James Reid-Cunningham
$975/$877

Traditional leather rebacking utilizes thinned and colored calfskin or goatskin to repair broken joints and reattach loose spines and boards. This technique is less common among contemporary book conservators due to new techniques such as joint tacketing, board slotting, and the use of colored kozo tissues to reattach leather boards. Students have the opportunity to explore all of these techniques. Topics include: removing surface dirt; chemically consolidating damaged leather; lifting leather; techniques of board attachment; paring leather; and inpainting. This course includes in-depth discussions of issues relating to leather, repair papers, dyes, surface coatings, consolidants, adhesives, and tools for lifting and paring.

This class alternates demonstrations with benchwork under close supervision. It is aimed at students with some experience paring leather and covering in leather; more experienced students and those with previous training in leather rebacking are challenged to explore more advanced topics. Students work on 2-3 books during the course. Bring six old leather bindings with loose boards and/or spines, or cracked joints to class. The books should have intact sewing and stable leather. Remember that these books are intended for practice, and shouldn’t have any real value.

Students are responsible for supplying their own tools. A tool list will be sent at least 2 weeks prior to class start.

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Friday, July 15, 2016

The Sculptural Book: Using Woodworking to Create a Shaped Book

Friday-Sunday, July 15-17 (3 sessions)
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Instructor: Johanna Finnegan-Topitzer
$350/$315

In this workshop, explore the meeting of disciplines and push the boundaries of bookmaking. Book covers can be made out of many different materials and do not have to be rectangular in shape. Using woodworking tools, students create shaped books with wooden covers. Students create two models to start and then have a chance to get creative and explore. This class covers the basics of bookbinding and uses simple woodworking machines.

Students are responsible for supplying their own tools. A tool list will be sent at least 2 weeks prior to class start.

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Registration closes 7 days prior to workshop start.

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Monday, July 18, 2016

Introduction to Blind and Gold Tooling on Leather

Monday-Friday, July 18-22 (5 sessions)
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Instructor: Samuel Feinstein
$700/$630
Plus $175 for materials, payable to instructor on first day of class.
Or
$1250/$1125 (Price for both Intro to Blind and Gold Tooling on Leather and In Focus: Tool-Edge Onlays with blind and Gold Tooling on Leather)

In this week-long intensive, students learn the fundamentals of blind tooling and gold tooling on leather, focusing on straight lines and using BS Glaire to affix the gold. Line-work is one of the most important, fundamental, and versatile decorative techniques used on tooled bindings, and it is used in both traditional and contemporary designs. Students also explore the use of curved lines and small decorative tools within a limited scope. A final plaquette is completed using the techniques covered

This is an introduction for beginners as well as a step forward for those who would like to build on their existing knowledge. The goal of this workshop is to familiarize you with the processes involved and prepare you for further practice.

Students are responsible for supplying their own gold cushion and gold knife. A tool list is sent out at least 2 weeks prior to class start. Finishing tools are supplied by the workshop.

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Registration closes 7 days prior to workshop start.

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Saturday, July 23, 2016

Beyond the Rectangle: Exploring Books through Geometry

Saturday & Sunday, July 23 & 24 (2 sessions)
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Instructor: Linda Lembke
$325/$292

In this class students make a collection of books of many shapes and an origami box to hold them. Beginning with compass and straightedge, we construct the circles and polygons that form the foundation of each book structure. These drawings inform our discussions of the properties of these shapes and the geometric underpinnings of book design. The collection includes circular, triangular, square, pentagonal, and hexagonal book forms. Printed directions and notes accompany each form. A final book project – a small accordion book with shaped pages – connects our geometric drawings and the forms they inspire in bookmaking.

Students are responsible for supplying their own tools. A tool list will be sent at least 2 weeks prior to class start.

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Registration closes 7 days prior to workshop start.

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Monday, July 25, 2016

In Focus: Tool-Edge Onlays with Blind and Gold Tooling on Leather

Monday-Friday, July 25-29 (5 sessions)
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Instructor: Samuel Feinstein
$700/$630
Plus $175 for materials, payable to instructor on first day of class.
Or
$1250/$1125 (Price for both Intro to Blind and Gold Tooling on Leather and In Focus: Tool-Edge Onlays with blind and Gold Tooling on Leather)

The elegance of tooled-edge onlays gives a clean and crisp look to onlaid leather decoration, and its uses span from historical compositions to contemporary design bindings. In this week-long intensive, intermediate level workshop students learn how to tool and make thinly pared leather onlays, both plated and not, as well as relief-onlays. We cover shapes made with straight and curved lines, as well as decorative tools, and execute a design after making up a template. A final plaquette is completed using the techniques covered.

Prerequisite: Some finishing experience necessary with blind tooling and gold tooling. Please inquire if you have questions about your level of experience.

Students are responsible for supplying their own gold cushion and gold knife. A tool list is sent out at least 2 weeks prior to class start. Finishing tools are supplied by the workshop.

Please review our Registration Policies before registering.

Registration closes 7 days prior to workshop start.

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Friday, July 29, 2016

Pierced Vellum Bindings

Friday-Sunday, July 29-31 (3 sessions)
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Instructor: James Reid-Cunningham
$525/$472

Vellum stiff-board bindings were common from the 16th to the 19th centuries throughout Europe. This course explores a hybrid modern structure utilizing historical elements found in early versions of the vellum stiff-board binding, but with flexible joints that create less stress. This binding is sturdy and elegant, takes gold tooling well and is suitable for conservation re-bindings as well as for presentation and design bindings.

Using this structure, students create modern versions of the 17th century pierced vellum binding, with the design created by utilizing a punctured vellum cover revealing decorative boards beneath. This course covers: lap link sewing on vellum tapes; back bead endbands; fabricating and decorating the boards; constructing a stiff-board case; creating a pierced vellum design; and covering in vellum.

Prerequisite: Fundamentals of Bookbinding I or equivalent experience.

Students are responsible for supplying their own tools. A tool list will be sent at least 2 weeks prior to class start.

Please review our Registration Policies before registering.

Registration closes 7 days prior to workshop start.

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Monday, August 1, 2016

Millimeter Binding

Monday-Friday, August 1-5 (5 sessions)
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Instructor: Erin Fletcher
$725/$652

As leather shortages arose during WWII, binders developed the millimeter structure as a way to provide elegant leather binding to their clients. A minimal amount of leather covers the spine, with just a millimeter or two of leather on the cover boards. In this workshop, students create a Rubow-style millimeter binding. The book is wrapped in decorative paste paper made during the workshop with a thin strip of leather running across the top and bottom of the binding.

Prerequisite: Fundamentals of Bookbinding II or equivalent experience. Students should have some knowledge of leatherwork.

Students are responsible for supplying their own tools. A tool list will be sent at least 2 weeks prior to class start.

Please review our Registration Policies before registering.

Registration closes 7 days prior to workshop start.

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Monday, August 8, 2016

Building Boxes

Monday-Thursday, August 8-11 (5 sessions)
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Instructor: Erin Fletcher
$650/$585

Books, documents and other objects can be damaged by the atmosphere around them; either by dust, temperature or sunlight. Creating an enclosure for your item is one way to protect them from their environment. Students construct a book, and then build four different enclosures around the book. The list of enclosures includes a slipcase, four-flap enclosure, clamshell box and “pizza” box. In addition to the enclosures, students make a leather spine chemise around a book from their own collection.

Students are responsible for supplying their own tools. A tool list will be sent at least 2 weeks prior to class start.

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Registration closes 7 days prior to workshop start.

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