Whilst slipcases and clamshell boxes are most common in bookbinding many people just love boxes for boxes' sake so this class is for you! We will explore a variety of options including stacking, dividing and alternative lids whilst also working on (thru demonstration and practice) the all-important skills of cutting and covering. All participants will work to the same template but there will be the opportunity for personalisation in covering and lining materials. You will go home with one beautiful box and the materials to practice another tray, turning the whole project into a handmade masterpiece!
A trained furniture maker, wood carver and flooring consultant, Richard will take us through choosing the right blades, getting and keeping them razor-sharp, and restoring a blunt edge. We'll make and learn to use our own strops and learn about other sharpening tools.(Tutor input outweighs practice in this session, but bring your cutting tools along.)
These beautiful and versatile structures are a prefect place to start, or continue, your bookbinding journey.
The 5-week programme takes you, step by step, through four new structures
Long Stitch binding,
Wrapper (suitable for use on old and damaged or new books) and
all held together in a lined and lidded box. These books make gorgeous gifts and, as with Beginning Bookbinding, the techniques and skills are interchangeable allowing you to develop your own creative finishes.
The class is designed for beginners and it is not necessary to have any previous experience. This series focuses on more 'artsy' structures whilst Beginning Bookbinding focuses on more 'everyday' styles. The classes can be taken in any order.
Make your own hard-backed notebook and emboss it with a title or your name. A thrilling achievement in a day and a great gift if you can bear to put someone else's name on it! Combine this with the raised bands class and/or a slipcase or solander box class for a truly special project. This could even be the beginning of your journey into leather bindings (see March 24).
We work on a standard size of 120mm x 165mm and 200 pages so that all projects are uniform and can mix'n'match.
Take your bookbinding a step further and learn to do a full leather binding. You can make your own book block in advance or work with one of our pre-made blocks. We will pare the leather and complete the case binding in the day to include simple cover decoration or titling. Max 4 participants.
Whilst we have not finalised the finer details yet, Kate and I thought you might like to know that we have got a date for the long-promised one-day marbling and book making event. We will be at Stapleford Granary where we find they have a room just perfect for us - running water, drying racks and high benches for comfortable binding! Kate will share her wealth of knowledge and experience during the morning when you will be able to design and produce your own 'marbles' and we will take some of that paper and have it dried, ready for you to produce a beautiful and versatile book structure in the afternoon. More details will appear here shortly but booking is now open!
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