Hot-stamping gold foil on leather for bookbinding is often a daunting task, even for experienced binders. This master course will allow participants, who are already familiar with the process & its pitfalls, to learn & practice a few simple techniques that will make satisfactory results easier to achieve. Concomitant with the actual stamping on leather, attendees will work out lettering problems in metal and on paper.
Participants are encouraged to bring their own title designs & difficult materials for discussion and/or problem solving, as well as their own composing sticks & any other small tools they might think necessary or interesting. A 2X pocket magnifier is invaluable.
Gray Parrot received his training under the tutelage of the late Master Bookbinder Arno Werner, who was himself trained in the guild system in Germany. Mr Parrot subsequently studied fine finishing techniques at the Legatoria Artistica in Ascona, Switzerland. He established his own bindery in 1973 in Hancock, Maine, where, but for an 8 year interlude in Massachusetts, he has continued to pursue his career in fine hand bookbinding.
His work may be found in major libraries and museums and on the shelves of discerning book collectors the world over. For much of his career, Mr Parrot has pursued edition binding for private presses, such as Leonard Baskin's Gehenna Press, Dard Hunter's Mountain House Press, Henry Morris' Bird & Bull press and the newer Khelcom/New York press of Peter Bogardus.