Core Courses

2019 COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

THE CORE COURSES

The content of these six classes provides students with what they need to develop a basic competency in bookbinding. Introduction to Book Restoration is the prerequisite for both the Advanced Leather Restoration and the Advanced Cloth Restoration courses. Other than that, the courses can be taken in any order. For example, a student could begin by taking New Cloth Binding Construction or with Clamshell Box Making or with Introduction to Paper Repair. Students often do start by enrolling Introduction to Book Restoration as their first course, but only because the class addresses many of the needs expressed by beginning book repairers.

Advanced Leather Binding Restoration: The Leather Reback
Instructor: Jill Deiss

April 11 - 12 (Thurs - Fri)
Day 1: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Day 2: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

$295

PREREQUISITE: Introduction to Book Restoration

The “leather reback” is the technique that restores beauty and functionality to broken leather bindings. For a leather reback, thinly pared leather is introduced into the broken joints of leather bindings as a way to reinforce the original failed leather. In this class, students learn how to pare leather and utilize it as a material for restoration work. Note start time for Day 1 is earlier than normal start times for classes.

New Cloth Binding Construction
Instructors: Jill Deiss & Anna Barnes

May 16 - 17 (Thurs - Fri)
9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

$295

PREREQUISITE: None

Crafting new bindings is an essential element of hand bookbinding. As a participant, you will learn the construction of three different cover styles: the rounded-spine binding, the flat spine binding, and the flexible cover binding. Students will also learn to set type by designing and gold-stamping their own titling layout for their own books.

Introduction to Book Restoration
Instructors: Jill Deiss, Anna Barnes
& Reilly Cundiff

June 13 - 14 (Thurs - Fri) 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
July 25 - 26 (Thurs - Fri) 9 a.m. - 5 p.m
August 15 - 16 (Thurs - Fri) 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

$265

 

PREREQUISITE: None

You will be taught how to refurbish the bindings of cloth and leather books. Learn to repair damaged corners, splitting joints, and torn endcaps. Toning in stains and repair work will be taught with much attention given to the consolidation and polishing of the surface of leather bindings.

Advanced Cloth Binding Restoration:
The Cloth Reback

Instructor: Jill Deiss

September 19 - 20 (Thurs - Fri)
9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

$295

PREREQUISITE: Introduction to Book
Restoration

This course teaches you the technique of the “cloth reback” which is the professional technique for restoration of cloth bindings where the boards have separated from the binding at the joints. During a cloth reback, new matching material is brought under the original material in the hinge area of the book and all materials that were original to the binding are preserved and re-used in the restoration work.

Clamshell Box Making
Instructors: Jill Deiss, Reilly Cundiff, and Rowland Kirks

October 10 - 11 (Thurs - Fri)
9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

$295

PREREQUISITE: None

Create your own custom-fit clamshell boxes--an attractive and functional way to protect fragile, rare, and special books. Clamshell boxes are also ideal for storing loose materials such as documents, matted photographs, or other archival materials. Emphasis will be placed on use of acid-free/pH-neutral materials and on the selection of box making tools for the home-based studio.

Introduction to Paper Repair
Instructor: Jill Deiss

October 24 - 25 (Thurs - Fri)
9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

$295

PREREQUISITE: None

This class introduces students to the repair of book pages. Topics included are: history of paper and papermaking, non-invasive surface cleaning techniques for paper, tear repair using wet and dry techniques, and removal of pressure-sensitive tape or accommodating it if it cannot be removed.