I frequently teach professional training workshops in bookbinding and conservation.
Here are the workshops scheduled so far in 2018.


Function meets Aesthetic: Rebacking techniques for leather books

The repair of damaged leather binding of books is a foundation treatment for all book conservators. In this course participants will learn and review several traditional and modern techniques for the repair of both tight and hollow back. The workshop will explore the importance of secure board attachment before the application of appropriate outer covering to re-attach the original spine and boards.

This workshop will alternate demonstrations with hands-on treatment under close supervision. Participants will gain experience lifting leather, staining leather to match historical bindings, paring leather, and rebacking in both leather and kozo paper. Discussions will explore board attachment techniques prior to covering, including joint tacketing, board slotting, extended linings, and colored kozo paper mending. There will be presentations on issues relating to leather bindings, including suitable repair leathers and papers, leather dyes, pigments, surface coatings, consolidants, adhesives, and tools for lifting and paring.

This workshop is for all experience levels, although previous work with leather would be helpful.

American Institute for Conservation Annual Meeting, Houston.
Wednesday, May 30, 2018, 7:30am - 6:30pm.

More information here.


Miniature Bookbindings

Miniature books present difficult design and structural challenges to the bookbinder. A true miniature is less than three inches tall, and during this course, the student will construct three books of diminishing size: a long stitch binding with decorated boards, a lapped component binding, and an accordion in a wrapper with a tongue and slot enclosure. The course will contrast the utility of case binding, accordion, and non-adhesive structures for miniature books, with a concentration on flexibility and book action. We will analyze materials and techniques suitable for small format books. The limitations inherent in small-scale books will challenge students to do precisely executed and finely detailed work.

Saturday, June 16 & Sunday, June 17, 2018, 8:30am-4:30pm. 
North Bennet Street School, Boston.

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Leather Rebacking

Damaged leather bookbindings pose a great challenge to bookbinders. In this course students will learn traditional leather rebacking techniques for the repair of both tight and hollow back books.

Friday, July 13, to Sunday, July 15, 2018, 8:30am-4:30pm.
North Bennet Street School, Boston.

More information here.






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