Curriculum Overview


We have numerous classes in our Core Courses series, Special Topics series, and there are two Focus Weeks in 2019: Marbling Fortnight  & Boxing Week. See below for the classes within each series and click on a workshop’s name to access the registration flier for that class.

In what order do you take classes?

Students often ask for advice on what classes to take in what order. Some of the classes have prerequisites, which will help you in determining which of the classes are for people starting their bookbinding journey. If a class has a prerequisite, it will be listed with the course’s description (and if we appear to have goofed and missed something, please let us know so we can fix it).

For bookbinding classes (in the Core Courses series, the Special Topics, or the Focus Weeks), students who are interested in learning restoration should start with one of the Introduction to Restoration sessions. This satisfies the prerequisite for both the Advanced Leather Binding Restoration and the Advanced Cloth Binding Restoration courses. However, it is equally possible to start with any of the other Core Courses, as this avenue will also produce a foundation of sound bookbinding study. It is not uncommon for students to begin by taking New Cloth Binding Construction, Clamshell Box Making, or Introduction to Paper Repair before or during the same year that they take Introduction to Book Restoration. In summary: there’s hardly any wrong way to go about picking which classes to start with, just look to see if there is a prerequisite necessary.

Some of the Special Topics courses have prerequisites, so look to the descriptions for those classes to find out more about these topics and see if any prerequisites are listed.

The Marbling classes offered in the Focus Weeks series have no prerequisites, but within the descriptions we include suggestions for grouping the classes, such as if a student is able to take Enhanced Paper Decoration followed by Beginning Marbling, that person will be able to learn some additional tricks for combining the techniques learned in the pair of classes. Also in the marbling series, the Pigment Grinding class sets up the content of the Historical Marbled Paper Patterns course, so if your schedule permits, you will gain significant understanding by taking the Pigment Grinding class followed by the two-day Historical marbling session.

And always feel free to email or call to ask questions about a class if you are wondering if it is the class for you.

The Core Courses

Advanced Leather Binding Restoration (April 11 - 12)
New Cloth Binding Construction (May 16 - 17)
Introduction to Book Restoration (June 13- 14 OR July 25 - 26 OR August 15 - 16)
Advanced Cloth Binding Restoration (September 19 - 20)
Clamshell Box Making (October 10 - 11)
Introduction to Paper Repair (October 24 - 25)

The content of these six classes provides students with what
they need to develop a basic competency in bookbinding.

course description

Special Topics Series

Book Sewing Intensive (July 18 - 19)
Endbanding Intensive (August 2)
Hand Papermaking (October 3 - 4)

Special Topics workshops are opportunities to delve deeply
into key subjects that are essential to understanding how books
have been crafted over the centuries.


Focus Weeks

Marbling Fortnight September 5 - 18, 2019
Enhanced Paper Decoration: Paste Papers, Under-printing, and Stamping (September 5 - 6)
Beginning Paper Marbling (September 9 - 10)
Bookbinding for Book and Paper Artists (September 12 - 13)
Pigment Grinding & Marbling Ink Preparation (September 16)
Historical Marbled Paper Patterns (September 17 - 18)

Note: Students reap the greatest benefit by taking both
the Pigment Grinding and the Historical Marbling courses.

Boxing Week October 9 - 16 2019
Victorian-Era Structures (October 9)
Clamshell Box Making (October 10 - 11)
Preservation Enclosures for Rare Materials (October 16)
Advanced Clamshell Box Making  Dates set based on course demand