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 b i n d i n g
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Participants in this course will execute one or two 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.

If possible textblocks should be new in sheets or blank signatures, but students can, alternatively, pull a bound book, mend as needed and bring to class. Books should be quarto or octavo and between ten and twenty signatures each. Students should also have an idea of any design aspects they would like to address and have purchased sufficient paper for endsheet sections and pastedowns and sufficient leather for inner joints and for covering. Feel free to contact us about any of these points for clarification.

Requirements: Potential students should have a good grasp of basic bookbinding techniques through quarter leather. Students should bring their own hand tools, notebook and apron.  They will also need a paring knife. We will provide German paring knives on request. If anyone has a Scharf-fix they are asked to bring it.

We have scheduled the Introduction to Leather and Full Leather classes so that students who wish to take both can do so at a reduced tuition and housing cost.

Dates: Monday,  May 1 - Friday,  May 5 and Monday, October 23 - Friday, October 27; if necessary we will extend classes to Saturdays at no extra expense. If you are staying at the school please come late Sunday afternoon to get settled in.

Materials may be purchased from the School as needed.

Class status: 3 spaces available for the May class and 2 spaces available for the October class as of December 27, 2016.


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