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Workshop: Binding a Hardcover Book

This class meets Saturday, March 25 and Sunday, March 26 from 10 am-5 pm.

A handmade hardcover book can record anything from journal entries to sketches, recipes to guest remembrances. Get started with bookbinding while creating a hardcover book just the size (and colors) you need. This class focuses on a style of codex bookbinding (i.e. folded pages attached to a binding) with a sewn text block, resulting in a strong and firm set of pages inside a book cloth wrapped hardcover. Students will complete all the steps of binding at least one book, and begin or even complete at least one more, leaving with the skills and tools to continue binding books beyond the course. Throughout the class, plenty of discussion of tools, alternative techniques, and design elements as well as problem solving and questions about further adventures in bookbinding will be addressed.

A $130 materials fee is due in class to Sam Gathje and includes materials for at least two books and a book press ($45 value) to take home and use for future projects.