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, January 10, 2015

Fundamentals of bookbinding I

Saturdays, January 10 - February 7, 2015
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, January 12, 2015

Introduction to Book Repair

Monday-Friday, January 12-16, 2015
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Instructor: John O'Regan
$695

This course focuses on repair of cloth case bindings. Techniques taught include rebacking, reattachment and refurbishing of loose boards, re-sewing of broken text blocks, cleaning and relining of the spines. Learn multiple techniques for mending, guarding and hinging damaged text paper using Japanese paper and wheat starch paste. We fabricate and modify tools for lifting the original cloth and examine color matching techniques for toning the repair materials. Tape removal and the use of humidification chamber are demonstrated. Students are introduced to the uses and properties of a variety of materials and adhesives used in book repair. Emphasis is on critical thinking about why certain methods and materials are used and their functions and, conversely, why other methods and materials are ill- advised. We aim to understand how the book as a whole functions and how best to maintain its function. Prerequisite: Fundamentals of Bookbinding I or equivalent bookbinding experience in making a rounded and backed case-binding.

John O'Regan is a 1997 grad of the North Bennet Street School program in bookbinding. He has worked in book repair and conservation at the Harvard College Library, the MIT libraries, and for the History of Medicine Library of the Harvard Medical School. He has a private practice in Somerville, Mass.

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Monday, January 26, 2015

Fundamentals of Bookbinding I

Monday – Friday, January 26 - 30, 2015
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Instructor: Erin Fletcher
$695

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

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, February 7, 2015

Speed Calligraphy for Adults and Teens

Saturday, February 7, 2015
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Instructor: Maryanne Grebenstein
$130

In this fast paced, one-day, hands-on workshop, students use a broad-edged pen and learn about the unique qualities this tool offers. Learn how to use a T-Square and watch a manuscript gilding demonstration. Prerequisite: None.

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Saturday, February 21, 2015

Fundamentals of Calligraphic Arts 1

Saturdays & Sundays, February 21-22, March 21-22, April 4-5
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Instructor: Maryanne Grebenstein
$1100

Fundamentals of calligraphic arts 1: Italic and Copperplate lettering, layout and color fundamentals Meeting one weekend per month for three consecutive months, this course provides a solid foundation in Italic lettering, Copperplate script lettering, layout and color. Students benefit from 48 hours of classroom/studio time at the school with continuous instruction. Between classes, students work on projects at home to reinforce learning and skill-building. Italic lettering concentrate on the basic techniques required for understanding how broad-edged pen lettering is done: pen angle, pen scale and letter slope. Through a series of exercises and practice projects, students learn to change the look of any alphabet by altering the pen scale and other elements. During the Copperplate section, students learn how to use a pointed pen to achieve beautiful script lettering, concentrating on optimal contrast between the ‘thicks and thins’ of the script lettering. In the layout and color classes students complete several projects using multiple pen nib sizes on a single project and work to become proficient in the use of gouache for lettering in color. Supplies for this course are about $150 -$200. Prerequisite: None.

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Historical Bindings in Paper

Saturday, Sunday, February 21-22, 2015
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Instructor:Bill Hanscom
$430

Investigate the history and use of inexpensive and often temporary paper-covered book bindings from the advent of the printed book in Europe through the industrial revolution of the nineteenth century. Participants will create an array of models including wrappers, case binding variations, and the "in-boards" binding, exploring historically employed sewing techniques and end-sheet constructions. Structure and decoration, alongside topics such as chapbooks and vernacular bookbinding, will be examined through images and historical examples from the instructor's collection. All materials will be provided by the instructor. Tuition includes a $40 materials fee. Prerequisite: Fundamentals of Bookbinding I or equivalent experience .

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, February 23, 2015

Single-signature Binding

Monday – Friday, February 23-27, 2015
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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Saturday, February 28, 2015

Family Workshop - Make a book

Saturday, February 28, 2015
9:00 AM - 3:30 PM

Instructor: Nancy Fresella-Lee
$150

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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Monday, March 2, 2015

Fundamentals of Bookbinding I

Monday – Friday, March 2 - 6, 2015
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Instructor: Erin Fletcher
$695

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

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, March 9, 2015

Fundamentals of Bookbinding 2

Monday - Friday, March 9 - 13, 2015
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, March 21, 2015

Fundamentals of Bookbinding 2

Saturdays, March 21 - April 18, 2015
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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Saturday, April 25, 2015

Secret Belgian Binding

Saturday, April 25, 2015
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Instructor:Erin Fletcher
$175< br>

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, May 2, 2015

Fundamentals of bookbinding I

Saturdays, May 2 - June 6, 2015 (No class May 23)
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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Saturday, September 19, 2015

Fundamentals of Calligraphic Arts 2

Saturdays & Sundays, September 1-20, October 17-18, November 21-22
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Instructor: Maryanne Grebenstein
$1100

Fundamentals of Calligraphic Arts 2 Layout & Color Skills II, Manuscript Gilding, Preparing Hand Lettered Artwork for Commercial Printing Classes will be held one weekend per month for three consecutive months. Continuing our study of hand lettered artwork, students are assigned projects and exercises to improve skill levels in layout and color. Students are also introduced to manuscript gilding along with the techniques necessary for preparing artwork for a commercial printer. The course culminates with each student creating a certificate design to be printed and then completed by hand. The final project is due two weeks after the final class meeting. Pre-requisite: Fundamentals of Calligraphic Arts 1

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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 Jim Morris. 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