From the Library of Alexandria to the Library of Congress, books have been mankind’s predominant repository for knowledge and communication. It is the binding of pages together that defines a book. This workshop is an introduction to the materials, tools and techniques used in basic bookbinding structures. Participants investigate different characteristics and how to manipulate binder’s board, laid, wove, handmade and machine-made papers, as well as the proper use of bone folders, needles and threads, adhesives, cutting tools and board shears. Different sewing techniques are also covered.
Simple bindings are explored including the accordion, Japanese stab bindings and bindings sewn through the fold such as pamphlet stitch, long stitch, and Coptic. Workshop participants continue refining their binding techniques using materials created in or brought to this workshop. While advanced bookbinding techniques are beyond the scope of this workshop, the class includes a discussion of sewing on a frame, working with leather, hand tooling, options for labeling and the pros and cons of different types of presentation cases.