Volume 33 - Spring 2012


Study Opportunities

Bookbinding and Book Arts at North Bennet Street School, Boston, MA

Limp vellum binding
Wednesday-Friday, 21st-23rd March 2012
The limp vellum binding is one of the most beautiful traditional structures. Using calf vellum covers, alum-tawed hide, and bone clasps, students make their own model of this binding. The instructor is Stacie Dolin, a graduate of North Bennet Street School.

Scaleboard lecture
Thursday, 26th April 2012
Free event
Drawing from her study of 350 scaleboard bindings in library collections, Julia Miller explores the variety of structural elements and material combinations used on American imprints bound in scaleboard.

Introduction to scaleboard
Friday-Saturday, 27-28th April 2012
8:30am - 4:30pm
Instructor: Julia Miller
Following her lecture, Julia Miller leads a two-day workshop focused on building a solid understanding of the variety of structural elements encountered in scaleboard bindings.

Register now for these book-focused spring workshops. Find them among dozens of hand-skills courses listed on the NBSS workshop calendar - www.nbss.edu/workshops

Don Rash - Classes at School for Formal Bookbinding, Plains, Pennsylvania

Here Is the class listings for the School's upcoming 2012 classes.

Full Leather Binding
26th-30th March 2012
Participants in this course will execute one or more full leather bindings on textblocks of their choosing. These will be formal bindings in the German academic tradition, with leather jointed zigzag endpapers; sewn either on flat cords, raised cords, or a combination of the two; top edge treatment; choice of either tightback or German tube; covered in Nigerian goatskin; modestly tooled and titled.

Introduction to Cloth Binding Conservation
9th-13th April 2012
This class will address the repair and conservation of cloth bound books. Topics to be covered include: resewing and alternatives to resewing; pulling; fold and tear mending; preparing case for repair; preparing new spine cloth; rebacking; repairing corners; new inner joints; furbishing.

Introduction to Leather Binding Conservation
16th-20th April 2012
This course will address the conservation of leather bindings primarily through the rebacking process; but will also address other methodologies such as Japanese paper repair and the use of handmade paper as an alternative to leather. Topics covered will include: lifting the original spine; resewing and alternatives to resewing; washing and mending; endsheet and joint considerations; sewn endbands; corner repair; board preparation and reattachment; leather preparation; rebacking; laying new inner joints and original sides, pastedowns and spine; furbishing.

May 2012
7th-11th - Foundations of Hand Bookbinding
14th-18th - Introduction to Case Binding

June 2012
2nd-3rd - Introduction to Inlay and Onlay
11th-15th - Introduction to Leather Binding
18th-22nd - Full Leather Binding

July 2012
7th-8th - Introduction to Titling and Tooling
16th-20th - Introduction to Cloth Binding
23rd-27th - Conservation
23rd-27th - Introduction to Leather Binding Conservation

September 2012
10th-14th - Foundations of Hand Bookbinding
17th-21st - Introduction to Case Binding
29th-30th - A Contemporary Leather Spined Box

October 2012
8th-12th - Edition Binding

For more information about individual classes or tuition and housing fees, please visit www.donrashfinebookbinder.com/sfbmain.html

Workshops at Panther Peak Bindery, Tucson, Arizona

The Panther Peak Bindery offer courses for beginners and advanced binders, and everyone in between. The owner, Mark Andersson was the bookbinding instructor at the North Bennet Street School for nine years, teaching all major aspects of bookbinding and conservation. The courses at Panther Peak Bindery draw upon that experience as well as his many years as a private binder and conservator.

Non-adhesive binding
Five Saturdays
28th April - 26th May 2012
Time: 08.00-16.30
Cost: $500

Cloth binding
Five Saturdays
2nd-30th June 2012
Time: 08.30-16.30
Cost: $525

Boxes and Enclosures
Monday - Friday
25th-29th June 2012
Time: 08.30-16.30
Cost: $525

Cloth binding
Monday - Friday
6th-10th August 2012
Time: 08.30-16.30
Cost: $525

Book Repair
Monday - Friday
13th-17th August 2012
Time: 08.30-16.30
Cost: $500

Cloth Binding Too
Monday - Friday
22nd-26th October 2012
Time: 08.30-16.30

Leather/Vellum Classes

Half Leather Binding
Monday - Friday
9th-13th July 2012
Time: 08.30-16.30
Cost: $500

Full Calf Binding
Monday - Friday
16th-20th July 2012
Time: 08.30-16.30
Cost: $500

Limp Leather
Monday - Friday 10th-14th September 2012
Time: 08.30-16.30
Cost: $525

Millimeter Bindings
Monday - Friday
17th-21st September 2012
Time: 08.30-16.30
Cost: $525

Limp Vellum
Monday - Friday
24th-28th September 2012
Time: 08.30-16.30
Cost: $550

For more information please visit www.pantherpeakbindery.com

Morgan Conservatory Workshope, Cleveland, Ohio

Vandercookin' It Up
5th May 2012
Instructed by Bobby Rosenstock

In this workshop, you will create a broadside (poster with a message) on the Vandercook letterpress. Explore the capabilities of the letterpress using block printing, pressure prints and magnesium cuts to build up background layers on paper with multiple tones and shades. Bring a quote/proverb/poem/etc. that you will set in wood and lead type and print as an edition. After taking this class you will understand the capabilities of the letterpress as a tool for you as an artist. This is a hands-on learning experience; you will learn how to set type, mix ink, and safely operate these incredible presses. If you are already experienced with letterpress printing this can be used as a time to experiment with design ideas and gather group critique as well as use the equipment the Morgan has to offer. This workshop goes hand and hand with the 1 Page = 1 Book workshop in June to get your familiar with our presses and to let you experiment as you think of how you can build upon your design and concept.

Exploring the Historic Longstitch
12th-13th May 2012
Instructed by Margot Ecke

In this workshop you will learn how to create a historic long stitch binding - a non-adhesive binding with an exposed spine. The binding is European and was in common use between 1375 and 1500. Sewing pulls each section of paper tight against the cover material and is later woven to protect the stitches. The covers were originally made of vellum, which is calfskin that has been scraped and stretched so that it has a smooth surface, but for this version you will be will be binding your books with thick archival paper. You will have the opportunity to make 2-3 books during this weekend workshop. Saturday will be a basic introduction to the history and process with Sunday being a day that you will integrate variations and decorative. This binding is the perfect structure for wedding guest books, journals, and keepsake books and they make great gifts. Because you can make three in your first weekend this is something that can be easily replicated at home or in your studio making it a very worthwhile skill set to learn.

Carousel Book Workshop
19th-20th May 2012
Instructed by Carol Barton

Have you ever been interested in creating books that double as paper sculptures or sculptures that are truly books? A "carousel" or "star" book consists of several accordion-fold sheets bound together to create dimensional stage-like pages. In this workshop you will learn the basics of constructing this book form, plus new ways to compose pages and bind the book with tabs. You should bring images or collage materials to use in creating a visual story as you develop layered imagery around a theme or text. The workshop will allow you to explore the exciting possibilities for adapting this format to your personal creative style. Historical and contemporary examples of the carousel book will be presented in a slide show so that you can design and create based on a solid foundation of knowledge. No experience [is] necessary. This is a great workshop if you are a teacher, book artists, graphic designer or someone wanting to spend a productive and creative weekend with us here at the Morgan.

Soft & Hard: Pressure Printing and Pochoir
2nd-3rd June 2013
Instructed by Amy Borezo

In this workshop you will learn two complimentary image-making techniques that you can use both on and off the press. Pressure printing is a process that uses a low relief collage to print from a plexiglas base placed in the bed of a cylinder letterpress. This technique lends itself to creating soft, atmospheric prints. you will create a low-relief collage and pull an edition of 3-5 prints on Saturday. Sunday you will incorporate pochoir into the prints from the first day. Pochoir is a hand-stenciling technique used to create richly colored, hard-edged patterns and images. This intense handcraft was used extensively in the graphic arts of the early 20th century. You will cut their own stencils and make an edition of 3 complete prints that incorporate both techniques. Over the course of the workshop, you will look at numerous examples of pressure printing and pochoir. In the end you will also be able to keep two professional grade Japanese stencil brushes so you can continue to create long after this jam-packed printing weekend.

1 Sheet = 1 Book: Letterpress and Single Sheet Book Form
9th-10th June 2012
Instructed by Michael Gil

Here is your chance to design, print and make your own custom book! You will learn the traditional letterpress process of laying out type and printing and then you will transform your paper using a simple, single-sheet, accordion-fold technique to produce your own chapbook! You'll set type, integrate wood block, linoleum, or letterpress ornament images if you like, then lay it out according to a simple technique and print it on the Morgan's Vandercook press! After being printed you'll fold, snip, and PRESTO - a little, 8-page book! This is a great exploration for people who take Vandercookin' It Up in May, those who are versed in letterpress or those who have always wanted to give it a whirl.

Plant to Paper - Traditional and Non Traditional Eastern Papermaking Techniques
16th-17th June 2012
Instructed by Tom Balbo

In this workshop you will participate in the hand papermaking process from plant to paper as you learn about the tradition and techniques of Eastern-style hand papermaking and explore some non-traditional techniques as well. You will have the opportunity to use both Thai Kozo and Morgan Kozo - Japanese Mulberry that is grown right here in Cleveland. The process will begin with cuttings. You will learn to steam, peel, scrape, clean and hand beat the cellulose fibers from the plant. This process is something you can take with you as we will give you instruction on how to make your own sugetta (Eastern variation of a mold and deckle - the screen and frame used to create Eastern handmade paper) as well as techniques to create this style of paper once you are home. You will walk away having the experience and information necessary to replicate this process after the weekend is over at your own home or studio. This is a wonderful workshop to get your excited about Eastern papermaking. After you have fallen in love with the process you may want to register for Korean Papermaking and Allied Crafts with Aimee Lee in August where you will have more hands-on papermaking as well as learn several other traditional processes you can use to create art with your handmade Eastern paper.

Hand Painted and Hard Core
23rd-24th June 2013
Instructed by Erica Spitzer Rasmussen

Go from graphically designing patterns on paper to binding books in just two days. In this workshop you will use acrylic paints and simple embellishing techniques, such as stamping and rubbing, to decorate commercial papers. You will then transform these sheets into books using sophisticated binding structures, including a petal fold, an accordion and a Coptic stitch. You may be familiar with many of these techniques, but this workshop will help you take your skills to a new level. You will leave with an assortment of unique hand bound hard covered one-of-a-kind blank books and the experience to go on creating on your own after the weekend is through.

Paper Marbling
7th-8th June 2012
Instructed by Steve Pittlekow

Learn the fascinating decorative paper process known as marbling. In this fast paced class you will learn to marble on paper in a two-day intensive workshop designed to introduce you to the process and practice of this historic medium using contemporary tools and materials. You will learn to mix the bath and colors, prepare paper, and practice many traditional patterns. This "at the tank" class is exciting with both freeform and structured guidance. This is the third time in four years the Morgan has hosted Pittlekow to teach this and it's a huge hit every year. The finished pieces you come away with are reward enough, but to learn from one of the best in the medium is an opportunity you don't want to miss. Marbled paper you make can be framed as art within itself or you can use your finished pieces in bookbinding or other paper arts.

A Pop-Up Field Guide to North American Wildflowers
14th-15th July
Instructed by Shawn Sheehy

In this two-day workshop, you will create 8-10 pop-up cards featuring native flowers of the Midwest. Fundamental techniques of pop-up engineering will be demonstrated and practiced while building these flowers, using little more than a knife, glue and card stock. Aside from a collection of cards that you might either bind together and keep for further study or [as] gift[s] to family and friends, you will also receive the knowledge and tools to continue creating your own cards at home. No experience is necessary, but binding and/or sewing skills will speed your progress. This is a great workshop to take if you want to explore making your own greeting cards or would like to advance your skills in using paper as a medium for sculpture.

Unusual 3D Techniques: Kozo, High Shrinkage Fiber & Color
21st-22nd July 2012
Instructed by Melissa Jay Craig

Paper Sculpting: Unusual 3D Techniques is a fast-paced, fun, information-packed class that includes a series of lectures, demonstrations, and plenty of hands-on papermaking and sculpting. Melissa Jay Craig will share with you some of her signature techniques that she uses in her sculptural works as well as other methods that are specific to kozo and high-shrinkage fibers. The creation of molds, armatures, and mounting strategies to make free standing or wall-mounted paper sculptures will be discussed and demonstrated and you will be able to try your hand at fiber-reactive dyes which enhance the handmade paper with vibrant color. You will work independently to create several 3D works with Melissa on hand to guide you if you have structural or procedure questions. You will come away from this workshop with a whole new understanding of paper as an art medium and take home what you have created along with the strategies for making many more sculpture in the future. All basic materials are included - just bring yourself and your creativity!

Paper Your Way - Learn, Experiment, Play, Make
28th-29th July 2012
Instructed by Tom Balbo

Ready, Set, Go! This is a hands-on experimental workshop where you will have the opportunity to learn from and then work alongside the Morgan's own Tom Balbo as he takes you on a papermaking adventure. Ok - really though - this workshop offers a little something for everyone. Tom teaches a similar workshop every year with more and more of a following - many students registering annually. You will learn the basic process of pulling handmade paper as the foundation and then you will build from that point in creative, quirky and unique directions. Learn pulp painting, how stencils can be integrated into designs, how to properly pigment pulp, how and why to combine or layer fibers and so much more. If you have papermaking experience or if you have always been curious this is your time to learn and make! You can use this as more of a production class leaving with a stack of similar papers to print on, bind with or use in your own art or you can take your time and turn each sheet into it's own final piece with layers, colors and beauty. The Morgan's papermaking studio will be in full swing and you will want to be there without a doubt!

Korean Papermaking and Allied Crafts
11th-12th August 2012
Instructed by Aimee Lee

Korean papermaking, descended from China and a precursor to Japanese papermaking, has a long and illustrious history. With the rise of industrialism and modernization, it receded into obscurity but is still practiced today in countryside mills, producing hanji (Korean handmade paper). Aimee Lee, the leading US hanji researcher, will guide you through the process of preparing fiber from mulberry bark, making sheets using the unique side-to-side Korean formation method, and drying hanji. Students will also be introduced to joomchi, which is paper felting, and jiseung, which is paper weaving. This class is an excellent introduction to eastern papermaking and its applications, and makes use of the Morgan's Anne F. Eiben Hanji Studio, the only Korean papermaking facility in North America. This is a wonderful follow up to the Plant to Paper workshop with Tom Balbo in June where you will get a brief overview and hands on experience with several Eastern styles of papermaking. This will provide you with a more in[-]depth knowledge of one of the Eastern styles and other applications for the paper. This will be Aimee's third year at teaching at the Morgan and the workshops have quite a local following.

Upside Down, Back to Back and Side by Side: Double Book Structures
11th-12th August 2012
Instructed by Fran Kovac

Explore double book structures and forms, where two books can be bound together in a variety of ways, and with a variety of techniques. The tête-bêche (head to toe) binding incorporates two texts that share a spine with no back cover but two front coverboards instead. The dos-à-dos binding (back to back) and the French door binding (side by side) both share the back cover board, but in very different ways. These structures provide many options for you and two texts to relate to each other in both physical and psychological ways. You will complete three books in class: an accordion style tête-bêche binding using the pamphlet stitch, the dos-à-dos binding sewn with a link stitch, and the French door structure sewn on tapes with a magnetic closure. Along the way, we will discuss how each structure can be used to enhance or contrast texts, and how the structure of the book can change the way the texts relate to each other. Fran has been teaching workshops at the Morgan since it's founding year and always has repeat students eager to learn a new process. Her experience and diligence are characteristics always noted on her workshop's student reviews and we are excited to host her for another wonderful class. No binding experience necessary.

Basic Book Repair
18th August 2012
Instructed by Cris Takacs

This is your opportunity to learn the archival techniques you will need to restore damaged books as well as proper practices on handling and caring for your books. Some of the skills you will learn about and replicate include dry cleaning, papermending, sewing, repairing loose joints, restoring torn spines and endcaps, and reattaching loose boards. You will also learn what repairs you can do on your own with the proper materials and what damage should be repaired only by a professional. Cris will provide damaged books for you to practice on and you are invited to bring 1-3 damaged books to the class to discuss strategies on restoration. This is a great skill set to have if you own historic, heirloom or antique books. It is practical as well as creative and something that you can absolutely replicate at home after mastering the basics.

What a Relief : An Exploration of Printmaking on Edge
18th-19th August 2012
Instructed by Claudio Orso

The structure of this workshop is to challenge you to explore your personal sketches through the stylistic lens of relief prints carved in Shina plywood, wax plates and other alternative materials. This workshop will push you beyond your comfort zone to graphically embrace working with the illusion of grayscale value. Content can be based on landscapes, portraits or objects, but you must bring ideas and sketches to the class so that they can be explored, deconstructed and reconstituted throughout this process. You will creatively use the etching presses, brayers, rubbing spoons, chisels, gouges, knives and electric tools. You will also have free reign to integrate your block with type through the use of lo-tech poster presses and the expansive collection of metal and wooden type the Morgan has to offer. This workshop offers you technical processes, access to equipment, constructive critique and an environment where exploration is the name of the game.

Paper Line : Pulp Painting as Script
25th-26th August 2012
Instructed by Emily Cook

Who said paper had to be flat? In this two-day workshop you will experiment by pulp painting with high shrinkage fibers such as help, flax, and abaca. When you layer these different fibers on top of each other while creating your imagery and line drawings - even without a base sheet - the fibers will pull and shrink as they dry. The results of this process are dynamic and densely colored sculptural drawings. You will be encouraged to create most of your wet work Saturday so Sunday can be spent determining options for and assembling the dry drawings into more complete works. This is a great follow up to Unusual 3D Techniques instructed by Melissa Jay Craig as it is another very distinct way you can add dimension to your papermaking.

Further information regarding class times, instructors, material lists, costs etc.
may be found on the Morgan Conservatory website at www.morganconservatory.org

Bookbinding and Paper Marbling courses with Christopher Rowlatt at the Presteigne Bindery

Because of popular demand some of the courses are repeated so please choose a date to suit your diary. Each course fee includes all materials except for the fabric marbling course when I require each student to provide their own fabric. Refreshments and a midday meal are also included in the fee.

Paper Marbling & Simple Non-Adhesive Bookbinding
31st March - 2nd April 2012
A wonderful chance to learn how to marble and then learn some easy, very rewarding methods of using them in book form. You will start with the recipes for size and inks, and go on to produce 5 samplers that teach all the basic skills required to print a good sheet. You can try patterns such as Dutch, Bouquet, Non-pariel, curls and snails and nightingales nests, and even the Spanish. The second day will be free for your free experimentation. On the final day, a choice of book forms and techniques are available to make and try. It could be a stab binding sample book of all your marbles, a single section note or sample book or a long stitch bound book incorporating your marbles. Comprehensive notes on marbling and each bookbinding form attempted are given.

Bookbinding for beginners and more experienced binders.
24th-25th March 2012
For beginners tearing paper leads to folding paper leads to cutting paper leads to sewing paper together leads to gluing paper leads to pressing paper leads to a book which gives the skills that will make a multi-section case bound book which will start your bookbinding life. You might even get round to discussing what defines a book! At least two books will be made. For the more experienced bookbinder the opportunity to further their skills and knowledge through repairing a damaged book, or creating a designer binding, or experiencing new materials and skills will be available. This course introduces the student to paper, bookcloth, adhesives and many other materials used in bookbinding and how they interact with each other, also the many skills and safe use of the bookbinding tools required by a bookbinder. Sadly I can not offer leather binding on this course.

Bookbinding in Leather
5th-7th May 2012
If you have not experienced leather before, this is your chance to enjoy this material and create a new leather binding on an already bound book or to repair an existing leather binding that may be damaged. Tuition in paring, covering, moulding and all other aspects of leather preparation and application are covered. Sadly tooling will not be covered but if time allows a simple label will be made to title the book. Bring a few examples of books that require recovering and leather bound books in need of cover repair. Please contact me for details of what to bring in the way of books to work on.

Japanese Bookbinding
28th-29th April 2012
To learn the art and craft of creating Japanese Bindings gives the chance to work with some of the most glorious and wonderful materials; Japanese tissue and hand made papers, hand printed papers, hand marbled papers and, of course, threads of all kinds. The simple and disciplined skills needed to create this style of binding and the straight forward tools will enable you to make and develop this style of binding at home. The four hole Yotsume Toji, Kangxi, Asa-n-ha Toji, Kikko Toji, and possibly the Yamato ledger styles will be attempted.

Two day weekends cost £195 and Three day courses cost £295.
Each marbling course is limited to 3 students while the Bookbinding courses are limited to 4.
An accommodation list is available on the website.

For further details contact me at info@bookbinding-marbling.co.uk or telephone 01544 260466
The Presteigne Bindery, 14, Hereford Street, Presteigne, Powys. LD8 2AR

Bookbinding Workshops with Dominic Riley and Michael Burke in the Cumbrian Lake District

Welcome to our Spring offering for 2012. There's of variety of workshops here, from basic structures to more advanced techniques. We hope there will be plenty here for you to enjoy. Please remember, the workshops do tend to fill up quickly, so let us know as soon as you can if you'd like to book a place. We look forward to seeing you at the bench!

Workshops are from 10.00-17.00 at our bindery near Ulverston. Please note that space is limited to 10. The workshop fee includes lunch. If you need to stay overnight, we can help with B&B accommodation.

One-Day Wednesday Workshops

The All-in-One Clamshell Box
28th March 2012
Materials £5.00
Traditional clamshell boxes are made from two trays and a case, the trays being glued to the case in a large press. This presents a problem for people who don't have such a press. The All-in-One Box is an elegant answer to this problem, since it can be made at home with just a few hand tools. It has several special features including reinforced double walls, which are further strengthened with a lining of jaconet, and an ingenious method of covering using one piece of bookcloth, with very neat cuts and turn-ins, that give it a streamlined look.

Single Sheet Binding
18th April 2012
Materials £5.00
This structure is designed for binding single sheets in a way that is strong and durable, and can be easily adapted for rebinding paperbacks that have fallen apart or do not open well. The pages are doubled fanned and glued for strength, and the spine lined with thin cotton to hold it together well. The cover is made from card covered with Tyvek, a thin and very strong material that is also very flexible. The Tyvek is coloured with acrylics before covering. By attaching the cover to the endpapers rather than the spine (as is traditional in paperback bindings) the book opens beautifully flat.

The Presentation Album
2nd May 2012
Materials £15.00
This is an extremely elegant album structure ideal for presenting suites of prints, drawings or photographs. The pages are made from a heavy and luxurious soft white paper, folded at the fore-edge, with an embossed, recessed area in the page for mounting the images. The folded pages are joined together with hinges of coloured paper, with a cloth joint for attaching to the cover. The case has cushioned boards and is covered in a handsome canvas cloth, with a recessed panel on the front for the title label.

All one-day workshops are £45.00

Two-Day and Three-Day Weekend Workshops
(Three-day workshops are from Friday - Sunday)

Limp Vellum Binding
30th March - 1st April 2012(three days)
Materials £40.00
Vellum was commonly used as a covering material for bindings from the sixteenth to the eighteenth century, and was revived in the late nineteenth century by the Arts and Crafts movement. It is an extremely elegant and refined structure, and relatively straightforward to make. We will begin by sewing the book onto vellum tapes, sewing on simple endpapers, then rounding the spine and sewing on plain linen headbands. The cover is made 'off the book' from good quality calfskin vellum, which is measured, scored, cut and folded to fit the book precisely (a paper template will be made beforehand to check the measurements and serve as a guide for future bindings). Particular attention is given to the ingenious 'inter-locking corners' which hold the cover together. The endpapers are then put down, and the book pressed lightly.

Pastepapers Old and New
28th-29th April 2012
Materials £15.00
Although used on books as early the 16th century, pastepapers were made popular in the mid-1700s by the Moravian Sisters of Herrnhut in Saxony. A recent study of these papers has sparked renewed interest, and this workshop will introduce you to the methods, materials and patterns used on the original pastepapers. We'll begin by mixing colors using natural earth pigments and making the few simple tools used by the Sisters. Then we'll reproduce each of their original designs using the same colors, patterns, freehand brush strokes and tooling. Day Two will bring us up to date with a wide range of inventive techniques for making modern pastepapers. We'll make combs, stamps, rollers and other mark-making tools used in pastepaper design, and explore a range of techniques used to create many different effects, from simple pulled papers to highly regular striped patterns.

Hand Tooling
19th-20th May 2012
Materials £30.00
Hand finishing on books requires patience, skill and much practice, and handling gold leaf can present endless frustrations to even the most accomplished bookbinder. This workshop will show how to execute neat, pleasing finishing without using gold leaf, thus concentrating on the fundamental skills necessary to achieve good lettering and decoration of spines and boards. We will concentrate on six techniques: blind tooling on leather; tooling with carbon paper to achieve a solid black result; freestyle carbon tooling on leather or cloth boards using the one line wheel; tooling titles with real gold foil; using a template to ensure accuracy; and tooling gold lines using a fool-proof guide. All these techniques have been developed over the years in various binderies , where, for reasons of expediency, finishing with gold leaf was not practised. The alternatives are very impressive.

Two-day workshops are £90.00, three-day workshops are £135.00

Further information from Low Wood House, Low Wood, Ulverston, Cumbria, LA12 8LY.
015395 31161 dom.riley@hotmail.com

If you need to stay overnight, we can help with B&B accommodation

Bookbinding Workshops in Gloucestershire 2012

Workshops in repair and new bookbinding suitable for beginners & those with some experience. Teaching on a one to one basis with limited numbers enabling individual tuition on projects of your choice.

April - Monday 16th, Tuesday 17th and Wednesday 18th

August - Monday 20th, Tuesday 21st and Wednesday 22nd

October - Monday 22nd, Tuesday 23rd and& Wednesday 24th

All workshops are to be held at Acorn School Nailsworth between 09.30 - 15.30

1 day £37.50, 2 days £70.00, 3 days £105.00 per workshop

For further details and to enrol please contact Anne Weare 01285 760328

Book Conservation Weekend Workshops in Northampton 2012


Karen Vidler established Book Conservation Services (previously Karen Vidler Book Conservation) in 2006. She is a book conservator with over 15 years experience in the conservation and restoration of books. She is also a qualified bookbinder as well as specialist in the conservation and care of leather bindings.

Karen has several years experience in delivering conservation and restoration training and is pleased to offer the workshops below. Each workshop is intended for students of bookbinding or conservation courses as well as qualified book conservators, paper conservators or archives conservators. All workshops take place at the Northampton studio and run from 10-5 pm each day to allow participants' time for travel. Karen and her staff are happy to help participants find accommodation during the workshops and lunch is provided.

Please contact Karen for further information on the workshops at karen@bookconservationservices.co.uk

Workshop 121: Conservation of Leather Bindings
Description: This four-day workshop is designed to give an overview of the specific conservation needs and techniques for the conservation of leather bookbindings. Teaching is delivered using lectures, demonstrations and practical work to be completed by the participants under the supervision of our Senior Book and Paper Conservator, Karen Vidler.

Course will include:
- Manufacture and deterioration of leather
- Documentation and examination
- Ethics and treatment options
- Treating degraded bookbinding leather
- Board reattachment techniques
- Leather dyeing and paring for repairs

Dates - Over two weekends by mutual agreement. Course will be repeated throughout the year depending on numbers
Max - 4 participants
Cost - £300 p.p. includes materials (15% discount for students, proof required)
Location - Northampton, NN1, UK

Workshop 122: Individual Book Conservation Training
Description: This four-day workshop focuses on individual book conservation projects presented by the participants. They will be given individual instruction in treatment and repair options and demonstrations in performing the conservation work to be completed under the supervision of the Senior Book and Paper Conservator, Karen Vidler. Karen will discuss each project with the participant before the commencement of the workshop.

Course will cover information and techniques that arise from the individual projects.

Dates - Over two weekends by mutual agreement. Course will be repeated throughout the year depending on numbers
Max - 4 participants
Cost - £300 p.p. includes basic materials (15% discount for students, proof required)
Location - Northampton, NN1, UK

Further information about Book Conservation services can be found at the website www.bookconservationservices.co.uk

Binding in Powys at The Farthing Press & Bindery with Alan Fitch

There are available a variety of courses, which run through out the year, offering the opportunity to learn in an idyllic location and relaxed atmosphere. With only a maximum of people three on any one course, tuition is on a very personal level, with each student having there own work station and all tools and materials supplied.

The courses run from Monday - Friday (9 - 5). Over the period of the course you will be guided through all the aspects of bookbinding, relevant to each course. There are at present four courses available:

Basic Course - This course has been designed for the beginner and covers all the basics of binding a book.

Refresher/Repair Course - This course is designed for the student who :
- Has completed the Basic Course but would like to spend more time developing their basic skills before moving on to finer things.
- Has had some experience in the past of binding a case bound, round and backed book but would like to refresh their skills.
- Would like to develop their skills in repairing old cloth cased books.

Full Leather Course - This course is for the person who wants to develop their bookbinding skills and progress to binding in leather.

2 Day Bookmaking Course - This course has been designed to allow you to spend two days making a variety of types and styles of book, none of which require any specialist equipment or tools.

Accommodation is available

For further detail please telephone +44 (0)1938 590733

The School for Bookbinding Arts, Winchester, VA

The school is committed to providing quality training in the craft of hand bookbinding. Its ongoing series of two-day workshops is designed to teach techniques that are immediately useful to the student as well as to create a solid foundation of skills for further bookbinding study. The curriculum includes both basic and advanced courses that are geared toward the needs of book dealers, collectors and anyone interested in learning the art of hand bookbinding. Each workshop features demonstrations of the techniques being taught coupled with ample supervised practice time for the student. A complete package of printed notes accompanies each of the workshops to aid the student in assimilating the body of information being presented.

Workshops are taught in the studios of Cat Tail Run Hand Bookbinding near Winchester, Virginia. Cat Tail Run Hand Bookbinding is a fully operational hand bookbinding and book restoration facility established in 1991 by Jill Deiss. Instructors for THE SCHOOL FOR BOOKBINDING ARTS include Jill Deiss, Dee Evetts, Susan McCabe and Bill Deiss.

Foundation Level Course

Beginning Cloth Binding Restoration: This course teaches a wide variety of skills that are immediately useful for the repair of cloth bindings and also serves as a foundation for later courses. Techniques taught include: repairing damaged corners, endcaps and joints on cloth bindings; toning of discolorations; and minor paper repair techniques. Limited to 9 students. $235

Beginning Leather Binding Restoration: Students will learn various treatments for leather bindings including repairs for damaged corners, endcaps, and joints. Also included are techniques for polishing and improving the condition of leather surfaces. $235

Advanced Cloth Binding Restoration: Learn the professional technique for restoring a cloth binding using original boards and spine. Requires Beginning Cloth Binding Restoration for participation. Limited to 7 students. $235

Advanced Leather Binding Restoration: The leather reback is the companion repair to the cloth reback but for leather bindings. All portions of the original binding are retained in this professional restoration. Techniques for thinning and paring leather will be featured in this workshop. Requires Beginning Leather Binding Restoration for participation. Limited to 7 students. $235

New Cloth Bindings: Two styles of new bindings will be taught to enable students to put covers on books that have lost their original bindings. Introduction to book titling will be featured as well as methods for endsheet attachment. Limited to 9 students. $235

Clamshell Box Construction: Students will learn the craft of creating custom-fit clamshell boxes. Limited to 9 students. $235

Paper Marbling [Beginning & Advanced]: Students will learn many traditional marbled patterns as well as how to set up their own marbling studios. Inquire for course fee.

Further information from:
email: info@cattailrun.com

Learn to bind in Surrey

For those wishing to learn bookbinding, The Otter Bindery offers classes, for all levels from beginners upwards.  For further details please check the website www.otterbookbinding.com or telephone 01932 845976.  The classes diary can be found here

Subjects covered include paper repair, book restoration, gold finishing, box making and fine binding, contemporary styles, traditional styles and wooden bookbinding.

Otter Bindery workshops are available to tutor groups, schools, art centres, businesses and institutions.

Bookbinding and Restoration Workshops with Douglas Mitchell

For over nine years, Douglas Mitchell has been holding various workshops covering all aspects of Paper Conservation and Book Restoration at 'Beginners', 'Intermediate' and 'Advanced' Levels. They are held three times a year at a beautiful location in the Lake District and are residential. For details contact Doug Mitchell on booksurgeon@gmail.com or the colleges website, Higham Hall.

He also holds one day workshops in Suffolk, London and Northamptonshire.

Douglas is an apprenticed Bookbinder, working at The British Museum and Foreign Office binderies and currently working as a Paper Conservator and Book Restorer at The British Library with over 35 years experience.

CBL Ascona, Switzerland

The Association centro del bel libro in Ascona is the parent institution of an internationally known and recognised technical school with the specialised areas of Bookbinding and Design and Book and Paper Conservation. The Association exists for the continued development and ever higher qualification of its instructors in both areas. Competitions and exhibitions help inform the public about their activities and expand public awareness of the book. The Association makes it possible for experts in related fields and for interested laypeople to acquire knowledge and skills pertaining to the book through special courses of instruction. The Association is a not for profit organisation. Its departments assure the smooth functioning of the school and an especially well organised office assists course participants with their stay in Ascona. The Directorate, among other duties, is charged with attracting new supporting members for the Association to en sure the continued work and development of the School. Should you be in agreement with the stated goals of the Association - we would be pleased to welcome you as a new member!

Department of Bookbinding and Design - The study areas of Bookbinding and Design offer discerning bookbinders the opportunity of technical and creative challenges. Course participants have the opportunity to further their qualifications through learning internationally recognised methods and techniques, are able to hone their skills and increase their knowledge, evaluate themselves and be inspired by colleagues. They will exchange ideas and find paths in creativity and through self reflection; paths which open up by being away from job demands and daily stress, away from routine, and the pressures of time and expectations of productivity. The annually changing course offerings are continually enhanced by timely developments to expand students' depth of understanding. They include classic hand bookbinding techniques, such as the French full leather binding, the Bradel technique, as well as hand gilding. Another area of program concentration is the contemporary design of bookbindings, in which design, technique and material complement each other and fulfil the functional and qualitative aspects of a book.

Department Book and Paper Conservation - The study of book and paper conservation at the centro del bel libro ascona assures further education specifically for book and paper restorers and delivers timely, inclusive and internationally recognised competencies in theory and practical applications. Scientific bases of restoration, restoration ethics, as well as documentation and decision making are encouraged and fostered in order to increase the knowledge of course participants in these areas. The opportunity to engage in dialogue in related disciplines, support and evaluation of innovation, and most of all development of practical skills to assure correct restoration and conservation measures - all are addressed in this context. The exchange of ideas among experts, and the addition of highly specialised guest lecturers provide the best conditions for exploring all relevant subjects in depth. Highly qualified teachers, a pleasant study and work environment, course participants from countries world wide, and the much renowned southern joie de vivre facilitate learning, ignite the desire to learn and communicate, and reward the student with improved self confidence. Building on these facts, it becomes an easy task to develop conventions for the protection of our cultural heritage, the book - a task which the centro del bel libro ascona has set itself and which it fulfils.

Further information regarding courses programs can be found on the school's web site at: www.cbl-ascona.ch

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