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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Saturday, April 26, 2014

Fundamentals of bookbinding II

Saturdays, April 26 – May 24
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Instructor: Amy Lapidow
$695

This course focuses on hardcover structures. Students begin with rounded back case bindings and end with on-set board binding. Throughout the course students, students fine-tune their skills through practice and learn to focus to details such as, endpapers structures and headband variations. Discussion topics include an overview of bindery equipment such as stamping on the Kwikprint and trimming with the plough.

Amy Lapidow graduated from the NBSS Bookbinding program in 1995 and is a founding member of The Three Ring Binders in Somerville, Massachusetts. Amy's interests include modernizing historic bindings working with artists to help them translate their visions into book form. Visit Amy's website at www.thethreeringbinders.com

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Manuscript guilding

Saturday - Sunday, April 26 - 27, 2014
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Instructor: Maryanne Grebenstein
$365

THIS CLASS HAS BEEN CANCELLED

Have you admired the illuminated manuscripts from centuries ago? If so, spend a weekend learning the technique of using gesso to apply gold leaf to paper. This technique, paired with decorative background painting (landscape, botanical portraiture) can produce a beautiful piece reminiscent of the old manuscripts. Although often seen with calligraphy, it is also a stand alone art form that can be enjoyed by non-calligraphers as well as calligraphers.

Maryanne Grebenstein is a calligrapher, graphic designer, and book artist. She is the owner of The Abbey Studio in Hingham, Massachusetts. Maryanne studied under Sheila Waters and Jeanyee Wong and at Parsons School of Design and Hood College. She is the author of Calligraphy: a Course in Hand Lettering. Visit The Abbey Studio website at www.theabbeystudio.com

Monday, April 28, 2014

Fundamentals of bookbinding II

Monday - Friday, April 28 - May 2
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Instructor: Erin Fletcher
$695

This course focuses on hardcover structures. Students begin with rounded back case bindings and end with on-set board binding. Throughout the course students, students fine-tune their skills through practice and learn to focus to details such as, endpapers structures and headband variations. Discussion topics include an overview of bindery equipment such as stamping on the Kwikprint and trimming with the plough.

Erin Fletcher was first introduced to the craft of bookbinding while obtaining her BFA at The School of the Art Institute (SAIC) of Chicago. After SAIC, she studied bookbinding at North Bennet Street School under the direction of Jeff Altepeter and Martha Kearsley where she fine-tuned her hand skills and mastered a variety of historical and contemporary structures from non-adhesive to case bindings to fine leather bindings.

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Saturday, May 3, 2014

Fundamentals of bookbinding I

Saturdays, May 3 - June 7 (no class 5/24)
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Instructor:Amy Lapidow
$695

Students learn the foundations of bookbinding with hands-on experience and discussion. The course covers non-adhesive structures and case bindings, students learn about structural elements, sewing variations, covering and cutting techniques using various materials, and 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.

Amy Lapidow graduated from the NBSS Bookbinding program in 1995 and is a founding member of The Three Ring Binders in Somerville, Massachusetts. Amy's interests include modernizing historic bindings working with artists to help them translate their visions into book form. Visit Amy's website at www.thethreeringbinders.com.

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Monday, May 19, 2014

Single-signature binding

Monday – Thursday, May 19 - 22
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Instructor:Erin Fletcher
$560

Students begin this workshop making a simple softcover pamphlet booklet. Students 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. Students should have a basic understanding of bookbinding, no leather experience necessary.

Erin Fletcher was first introduced to the craft of bookbinding while obtaining her BFA at The School of the Art Institute (SAIC) of Chicago. After SAIC, she studied bookbinding at North Bennet Street School under the direction of Jeff Altepeter and Martha Kearsley where she fine-tuned her hand skills and mastered a variety of historical and contemporary structures from non-adhesive to case bindings to fine leather bindings.

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Monday, June 16, 2014

Fundamentals of bookbinding I

Monday – Friday, June 16 - 20
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Instructor:Erin Fletcher
$695

Students learn the foundations of bookbinding with hands-on experience and discussion. The course covers non-adhesive structures and case bindings, students learn about structural elements, sewing variations, covering and cutting techniques using various materials, and 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.

Erin Fletcher was first introduced to the craft of bookbinding while obtaining her BFA at The School of the Art Institute (SAIC) of Chicago. After SAIC, she studied bookbinding at North Bennet Street School under the direction of Jeff Altepeter and Martha Kearsley where she fine-tuned her hand skills and mastered a variety of historical and contemporary structures from non-adhesive to case bindings to fine leather bindings.

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Saturday, June 21, 2014

Copperplate script

Saturday - Sunday, June 21-22, 2012
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Instructor: Maryanne Grebenstein
$365

The beautiful business 'hand' of the 18th and early 19th centuries known as Copperplate Script will be taught in this hands-on workshop. Developed centuries after the broad-edged style of traditional calligraphy, this pointed pen style is useful for wedding invitations and other stationery items, as well as poetry and other framable pieces.

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Monday, June 23, 2014

Fundamentals of bookbinding II

Monday - Friday, June 23 - 27
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Instructor: Erin Fletcher
$695

This course focuses on hardcover structures. Students begin with rounded back case bindings and end with on-set board binding. Throughout the course students, students fine-tune their skills through practice and learn to focus to details such as, endpapers structures and headband variations. Discussion topics include an overview of bindery equipment such as stamping on the Kwikprint and trimming with the plough.

Erin Fletcher was first introduced to the craft of bookbinding while obtaining her BFA at The School of the Art Institute (SAIC) of Chicago. After SAIC, she studied bookbinding at North Bennet Street School under the direction of Jeff Altepeter and Martha Kearsley where she fine-tuned her hand skills and mastered a variety of historical and contemporary structures from non-adhesive to case bindings to fine leather bindings.

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Saturday, June 28, 2014

Family Workshop - Make a book

Saturday, June 28, 2014
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Instructor: Nancy Fresella-Lee
$125

One child with an adult partner complete three books each in this fun, one-day workshop. Learn three different book structures that incorporate basic pop-up and moveable book techniques while practising cutting, measuring, folding and glueing skills. Participants are able to experiment with different papers and are introduced to a variety of bookbinding materials and tools used in a bindery.

Nancy Fresella-Lee is a bookbinder and an art historian who loves to get others excited about art and bookbinding. She has worked at several museums and formerly ran a long-running after school art program for children in Cambridge, England. As a bookbinder, she currently works part-time in the conservation department at the American Antiquarian Society in Worcester and has her own bindery business in Concord, Massachusetts.

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Saturday, July 12, 2014

Paste Paper

Saturday, July 12, 2012
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Instructor: Amy Lapidow
$195

In this one-day workshop we explore a variety of recipes, papers and techniques to make decorative paper using a combination of adhesive and colorant, commonly called paste papers. Paste paper is regularly used in bookbinding and can be used for other paper projects.

Amy Lapidow graduated from the NBSS Bookbinding program in 1995 and is a founding member of The Three Ring Binders in Somerville, Massachusetts. Amy's interests include modernizing historic bindings working with artists to help them translate their visions into book form. Visit Amy's website at www.thethreeringbinders.com

illustration: Julia L. Rabin

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Monday, July 14, 2014

Historic Book Structures for Conservators

Monday - Friday, July 14 - August 15
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Instructor: Jeff Peachey
$2,500

This five-week class meets Monday – Friday each week. Field trips are scheduled for some Fridays, and other Fridays will be open lab days. The course is designed to further develop basic bookbinding bench skills and to explore historic book structures in the context of the conservation of books as historic artifacts. Readings, research on book structures and bookbinding history, and creating models of historic structures are the basis of the course. Class presentations, short essays, a midterm and possible online publishing are required. The course is for students who are serious about bookbinding history and who are interested in further exploring conservation of books as cultural heritage. Class size is limited. Admission to the class is determined by application. Application requirements include a personal statement on the role of the class in your work, a portfolio of three-dimensional studio work that exhibits fine detail, and a recommendation (from a professional in the conservation or preservation field if possible). Students will need to supply their own hand tools..

Course supplies are an additional $250.

Please submit applications for this class by April 15th. For details about the class and for more information about applying for this class please contact : Jeff Peachey jeffrey.peachey@gmail.com. “

Upon acceptance to program by Mr. Peachey, students are invited to register at this site.

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Saturday, July 19, 2014

Traditional Ethiopian bookbinding

Saturday, Sunday, July 19-20, 2014
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Instructor:Bill Hanscom
$395

Bookbinding in Ethiopia is arguably one of the oldest continuously-practiced material traditions in the world. 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 begins with a presentation detailing the traditional methods and materials of the Ethiopian scribe and bookbinder. Students then construct two historical models. The first is 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 is 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 are discussed and demonstrated. Students have the opportunity to decorate their bindings as time allows. No prior experience is necessary..

Bill Hanscom graduated from the Book Arts/Printmaking MFA program at the University of the Arts in 2008 after earning his BFA in Graphic Design. He is currently a conservation technician for special collections at the Weissman Preservation Center at Harvard Library and an adjunct instructor in the Book Arts program at Montserrat College of Art. He is currently engaged in research on the subject of traditional Ethiopian bookbinding practices and techniques..

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Monday, July 21, 2014

Fundamentals of bookbinding I

Monday – Friday, June 16 - 20
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Instructor:Erin Fletcher
$695

Students learn the foundations of bookbinding with hands-on experience and discussion. The course covers non-adhesive structures and case bindings, students learn about structural elements, sewing variations, covering and cutting techniques using various materials, and 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.

Erin Fletcher was first introduced to the craft of bookbinding while obtaining her BFA at The School of the Art Institute (SAIC) of Chicago. After SAIC, she studied bookbinding at North Bennet Street School under the direction of Jeff Altepeter and Martha Kearsley where she fine-tuned her hand skills and mastered a variety of historical and contemporary structures from non-adhesive to case bindings to fine leather bindings.

Fundamentals of bookbinding I

Monday – Friday, June 16 - 20
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Instructor:Erin Fletcher
$695

Students learn the foundations of bookbinding with hands-on experience and discussion. The course covers non-adhesive structures and case bindings, students learn about structural elements, sewing variations, covering and cutting techniques using various materials, and 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.

Erin Fletcher was first introduced to the craft of bookbinding while obtaining her BFA at The School of the Art Institute (SAIC) of Chicago. After SAIC, she studied bookbinding at North Bennet Street School under the direction of Jeff Altepeter and Martha Kearsley where she fine-tuned her hand skills and mastered a variety of historical and contemporary structures from non-adhesive to case bindings to fine leather bindings.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Versal caps and gilding

Saturday - Sunday, July 26-27, 2014
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Instructor: Maryanne Grebenstein
$365

Learn the technique of creating beautiful versal capital letters reminiscent of illuminated manuscripts of the past. Although closely related to calligraphy, these letters are drawn and painted, rather than written. Calligraphy experience helpful but not necessary.

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Monday, July 28, 2014

Fundamentals of bookbinding I

Monday – Friday, July 28 - August 1
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Instructor:Erin Fletcher
$695

Students learn the foundations of bookbinding with hands-on experience and discussion. The course covers non-adhesive structures and case bindings, students learn about structural elements, sewing variations, covering and cutting techniques using various materials, and 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.

Erin Fletcher was first introduced to the craft of bookbinding while obtaining her BFA at The School of the Art Institute (SAIC) of Chicago. After SAIC, she studied bookbinding at North Bennet Street School under the direction of Jeff Altepeter and Martha Kearsley where she fine-tuned her hand skills and mastered a variety of historical and contemporary structures from non-adhesive to case bindings to fine leather bindings.

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Saturday, August 2, 2014

Bookbinding open workshop

Saturday, August 2
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Instructor: Amy Lapidow & Stacie Dolan
$175

Can't remember the next step ? Have a project but need a bit of help ? or perhaps you simply need to use some big equipment. At this bookbinding open studio day, experienced instructors are available to advise and assist on bookbinding or box-making projects. We warm up with a quick and easy friend-of-a-friend book. The rest of the day, there will be one-on-one coaching. Bring your tools, supplies and ideas. Prerequisite: an introductory bookbinding class

Amy Lapidow graduated from the NBSS Bookbinding program in 1995 and is a founding member of The Three Ring Binders in Somerville, Massachusetts. Amy's interests include modernizing historic bindings working with artists to help them translate their visions into book form. Visit Amy's website at www.thethreeringbinders.com

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Monday, August 4, 2014

Fundamentals of bookbinding II

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

Instructor: Erin Fletcher
$695

This course focuses on hardcover structures. Students begin with rounded back case bindings and end with on-set board binding. Throughout the course students, students fine-tune their skills through practice and learn to focus to details such as, endpapers structures and headband variations. Discussion topics include an overview of bindery equipment such as stamping on the Kwikprint and trimming with the plough.

Erin Fletcher was first introduced to the craft of bookbinding while obtaining her BFA at The School of the Art Institute (SAIC) of Chicago. After SAIC, she studied bookbinding at North Bennet Street School under the direction of Jeff Altepeter and Martha Kearsley where she fine-tuned her hand skills and mastered a variety of historical and contemporary structures from non-adhesive to case bindings to fine leather bindings.

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Friday, August 22, 2014

Secret Belgian binding

Friday, August 22, 1014
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Instructor:Erin Fletcher
$175

Students construct two variations of a non-adhesive structure known as a secret Belgian binding. This structure is simple and quick to construct. It opens flat and is perfect for blank journals, poetry or short stories.

Erin Fletcher was first introduced to the craft of bookbinding while obtaining her BFA at The School of the Art Institute (SAIC) of Chicago. After SAIC, she studied bookbinding at North Bennet Street School under the direction of Jeff Altepeter and Martha Kearsley where she fine-tuned her hand skills and mastered a variety of historical and contemporary structures from non-adhesive to case bindings to fine leather bindings.

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Saturday, August 23, 2014

Italic calligraphy & accordion book

Saturday - Sunday, August 23-24, 2014
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Instructor: Maryanne Grebenstein
$365

NEW! In this ‘combo’ course students learn to letter in the Italic style using a broad-edged pen and create a 5” x 5” accordion book. A materials fee of $20 is payable to the instructor on the first day of class.

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Other bookbinding and calligraphy classes

This is a partial list of class that have been offered in the past. If there is one or more that interest you, write to Megan Kenealy. We welcome class requests.

  • A book of one's own - versatile journal and sketchbook designs
  • A well-appointed desk - practical stationery forms
  • Accordion books
  • Basic paper conservation for bookbinders
  • Book repair
  • Book structures for conservators
  • Bookbinding for teens
  • Bookbinding in america in the 19th century
  • Case binding
  • Cloth case bookbinding
  • Crossed structure bookbinding
  • Embellishing cloth-case bindings
  • Exploring the album structure
  • Girdle books
  • Intro to non-adhesive bookbinding
  • Introduction to marbling
  • Introduction to boxes & enclosures
  • Introduction to hand tooling
  • Introduction to leather
  • Islamic binding
  • Lettering & creating a guest book
  • Limp vellum bookbinding
  • Modernizing historic bookbinding models
  • Non-adhesive bookbinding
  • Oriental bindings
  • Paper conservation
  • Paper dying with plants
  • Paste papers - color theory, production, and matching colors
  • Pop-up books
  • Rebacking bookbindings - paper, cloth, and leather
  • Sewn board bindings
  • The classic leather binding
  • Three month bookbinding intensive
  • Tips and tricks for book and paper conservation
  • Travel journals
  • Caligraphy/guest book
  • Copperplate script
  • Gilding icons and miniatures
  • Hand lettering - five styles
  • Introduction to calligraphy
  • Manuscript gilding & illumination
  • Uncial lettering