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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Monday, January 26, 2015

Fundamentals of Bookbinding I

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

Instructor: Erin Fletcher
$695

THIS WORKSHOP IS CLOSED.

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.

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. Prerequisite: Fundamentals of Bookbinding One.

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.

Prerequisite: Fundamentals of Bookbinding One.

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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, May 16, 2015

Fundamentals of Bookbinding I

Saturdays, May 16 - June 13, 2015 RESCHEDULED TO MAY 2
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Instructor: Amy Lapidow
$695

THIS WORKSHOP HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED TO MAY 2 - JUNE 6. REGISTER AT MAY 2ND ENTRY ABOVE.

Monday, June 8, 2015

Fundamentals of Bookbinding I

Monday – Friday, June 8 - 12, 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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Friday, June 12, 2015

19th century field book

Friday - Sunday, June 12 - 14, 2015
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Instructor: Martha Kearsley
500

This 3-day workshop concentrates on making useful books to bring into the field. Based on historic examples of 19th-century field notebooks, students produce a quarter- or half-leather binding, tight-back over sawn-in cords, with a handy pencil-locking mechanism. Issues of utility, ease of use and accessibility are addressed, as well as practical techniques to include specimens, notes and ephemera. This workshop is a great introduction for students interested in working with leather, as edge paring, shaping spine pieces and covering are addressed. Tuition includes $25 materials fee. Fundamentals of bookbinding I or prior experience recommended.

Martha is a 1995 graduate and current instructor in the NBSS Bookbinding program. She runs Strong Arm Bindery, repairing and restoring old, well-loved books. She also designs and builds stationery pieces. Visit Strong Arm Bindery at www.strongarmbindery.typepad.com.

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Friday, June 26, 2015

Building boxes for your books

Friday - Sunday, June 26 - 28, 2015
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Instructor: Erin Fletcher
$450

Books, documents and other objects can be damaged by the atmosphere around them; either by dust, temperature or sunlight. Creating an enclosure is one way to protect objects from the environment. In this workshop, students first make a quick book, which they use to build four different enclosures including a slipcase, 4-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.

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 27, 2015

Leather satchel for Ethiopian books

Saturday - Sunday, June 27 - 28, 2015
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Instructor: Bill Hanscom
$375

Learn to construct a maḫdär, the two-piece leather satchel used for transporting and storing manuscripts in Ethiopia. In this two-day workshop, using a pattern based on historical examples, students create a model of this traditional case by scoring, folding and lacing together pieces of heavy cowhide leather. The models feature many common elements: a case with flap, carrying strap, lifting cord and a telescoping slipcase cover called a difat. Participants of the Traditional Ethiopian Bookbinding workshop should bring their full leather binding, otherwise, bring a book no larger than 5 ½ x 5 ½ x 2 to build the case around. No leather paring experience required. There $40 materials fee is paid to the instructor.

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Monday, July 13, 2015

Fundamentals of Bookbinding I

Monday – Friday, July 13 - 17, 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, July 18, 2015

Calligraphy Intro for Teens

Saturday, July 18, 2015
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM

Instructor: Maryanne Grebenstein
$150

15% first time student discount does not apply to this workshop.

A day of fun experimentation with chisel-point markers to learn about making letters in calligraphic styles. Students learn about pen scale and pen angle with easy to use markers.

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Monday, July 20, 2015

Fundamentals of Bookbinding 2

Monday - Friday, July 20 - 24, 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.

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, July 27, 2015

Introduction to blind and gold tooling on leather

Monday - Friday, July 27 - 31, 2015
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Instructor: Samuel Feinstein
$700

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. Used in both traditional and contemporary designs, line-work is one of the most important, fundamental and versatile decorative techniques used on tooled bindings. Students 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 an opportunity for students who would like to build on existing skills. The goal of this workshop is to familiarize students with the processes involved and prepare you for further practice. Previous bookbinding experience is recommended but not required. The $125 materials fee, paid to instructor, includes the gold leaf and prepared leather plaquettes for the class.

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Monday, August 3, 2015

Youth Book Binding Workshop: Paper, Folding, and Basic Books AM (9-11)

Monday – Friday, August 3 - 7, 2015
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Instructor: Caitlyn Thompson
$300

15% first time student discount does not apply to this workshop.

Students begin by designing and painting decorative paper which becomes the covers of their books. They then learn basic structures including accordions, pamphlets and multi signature bindings. Students learn enough in this one week workshop to construct books at home. .

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Youth Book Binding Workshop: Paper, Folding, and Basic Books PM (9-11)

Monday – Friday, August 3 - 7, 2015
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Instructor: Caitlyn Thompson
$300

15% first time student discount does not apply to this workshop.

Students begin by designing and painting decorative paper which becomes the covers of their books. They then learn basic structures including accordions, pamphlets and multi signature bindings. Students learn enough in this one week workshop to construct books at home. .

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Saturday, August 8, 2015

Three ways to make a secret Belgian binding

Saturday - Sunday, August 8 - 9, 2015
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Instructor: Erin Fletcher
$200

The origin of the Secret Belgian binding is debatable. It could be a contemporary structure from 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 explores the Secret Belgian structure and ways to modify it. On the first day, students put together two variations of this simple and quickly constructed non-adhesive structure. It opens flat and is perfect for thinner text blocks. On the second day, students explore modified versions of the Secret Belgian binding created by Anne Goy through playing with the amount of sewing, size of sewing holes and incorporating Tyvek.

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, August 10, 2015

Youth Book Binding Workshop: Exposed Sewing, Hard Covers, and Artists Books AM (12-14)

Monday – Friday, August 10-14. 2015
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Instructor: Caitlyn Thompson
$300

15% first time student discount does not apply to this workshop.

This course introduces the potential of what a book can become in alternate forms once basic bindings are mastered. We will produce pamphlets, multi-signature link stitch bindings, and hardcover books. For the final project, students will be given the opportunity to either make a small edition using a structure of their choosing, or combine several techniques to create a non-traditional book piece: The Hidden Sculpture Book Structure.

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Youth Book Binding Workshop: Exposed Sewing, Hard Covers, Artists Books PM (12-14)

Monday – Friday, August 10-14, 2015
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Instructor: Caitlyn Thompson
$300

15% first time student discount does not apply to this workshop.

This course introduces the potential of what a book can become in alternate forms once basic bindings are mastered. We will produce pamphlets, multi-signature link stitch bindings, and hardcover books. For the final project, students will be given the opportunity to either make a small edition using a structure of their choosing, or combine several techniques to create a non-traditional book piece: The Hidden Sculpture Book Structure.

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Saturday, August 15, 2015

More historical bindings in paper

Saturday - Sunday, August 15 - 16, 2015
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Instructor: Bill Hanscom
$400

This workshop continues the exploration started in the Historical Bindings in Paper workshop (although the former workshop is not a prerequisite for this workshop). The two-day course examines 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 structures (longstitch, trade paper case with lapped components and stiffened paper binding) using the associated sewing variations and end-sheet constructions. All materials are provided by the instructor. Prerequisite: Fundamentals of Bookbinding I. The $40 materials fee is paid to the instructor.

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Saturday, September 19, 2015

Fundamentals of Calligraphic Arts 1

Saturdays & Sundays, September 19-20, October 17 - 18, November 21 - 22, 2015
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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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