Bookbinding Classes for 2019

All our courses are taught by Paul Taylor, an ICON Accredited Book and Paper Conservator and Bookbinder with over 32 years’ experience.  He is a relaxed and informative teacher with many years of teaching practice.

All courses will be held in our studio in Langport where attendees will have the opportunity to see examples of bookbinding, book and paper conservation and design bindings.

Classes are limited to 5 people and the price includes materials.  Please contact us for enrolment details.

Additional advanced courses to construct traditional leather bindings can be provided if there is enough interest – please contact us for details.

Introduction to Hand Bookbinding - Sat 26 Jan, 9.30am-4.30pm, £85 

A practical 1-day course where you will create your own single section pamphlet binding.  Attendees will be introduced to traditional binding materials and techniques, equipment and hand bookbinding tools. No experience necessary.

Making a Luxury Jewellery box and Pen Holder – Sat 23 Feb, 10am-4pm, £90

A practical 1-day course where you will learn how to construct a box and a pen holder using acid-free board and beautiful hand-marbled or decorative Japanese papers. The box will be lined with either padded velvet or foam and can be used to hold jewellery, keepsake items or stationery. No experience necessary.

Hand Bookbinding Course - Sat 16 and Sat 23 March, 9.30am-4.30pm, £170

A practical 2-day course where you will learn to bind a multi section, cloth covered case binding.  Attendees will learn to sew on tapes, round and back a text block, add headbands and be introduced to gold lettering. No experience is necessary but it would be preferable if you have completed our ‘Introduction to Hand Bookbinding Course’ above.

Making a Four-Flap Portfolio Case- Sat 13 April, 10am-4pm, £80 

A practical 1-day course where you will learn to construct a four-flap folder from board and buckram. The folder will be lined with decorative paper and have tying tapes at the foredge.  It will be made to house A4 paper sheets and can be adjusted to a depth to suit your needs. No experience necessary.

Quarter Leather Binding - Sat 27 April, 4 May, 11 May, 10am-4.30pm, £220

A practical 3-day course where you will construct a ¼ leather binding using a recessed cord and laced-on board construction.  You will prepare and use a calfskin leather spine and have the opportunity to practice decorative gold tooling.  Basic bookbinding skills are necessary for this course.

Making a Phase Box/Archival Enclosure- Sat 15 June, 10am-4.30pm, £85

A practical 1-day course where you will learn how to create a custom-made archival storage box for a book using acid free corrugated board. Attendees will be introduced to some simple construction methods for archival enclosures and gain general information about preservation storage requirements for book and paper items. No experience necessary.

Advanced classes we hope to run later in 2019

Spine Repair of Cloth Books using Aerolinen

1 practical 1-day course where you will learn a technique using aerolinen and acrylic pigments to strengthen, repair and replace missing or damaged spine areas of a cloth book. No experience necessary.

Leather Onlays and Inlays Course

A practical 1-day course where you will have the opportunity to prepare and experiment with various types of bookbinding leathers to produce decorative onlays and inlays. We will look at the use of a paring machine and the techniques of overlaying and sanding to produce a variety of design effects.  No experience necessary.

Headbands Course

A practical 1-day course where you will learn to hand-sew traditional single and double core headbands, using silk threads.  We will also discuss the history and development of headbands in bookbinding.  No experience necessary.

Half Leather (calfskin) Box with Rounded Spine

A practical 3-day course where we will construct a half (calfskin) leather box with a rounded spine and marbled paper sides.  The finished box resembles, and opens like, a bound volume. It will be comprised of a single tray container covered with marbled paper inside a half leather cover.  The spine will be tooled to resemble an old book and labels will be applied for title/author etc.  The box will have magnetic catches and a ribbon to lift the contents.  The box could be used for storage of books, papers, trinkets etc.  The size will be H 250mm, W 170mm, D approx. 30mm.  Some bookbinding experience or our ‘Introduction to Hand Bookbinding Course’ is preferable but not essential.

Half Leather (goatskin) Archival Grade Photograph Album

During this practical 3-day course we will construct a half-leather, landscape format photograph album with cloth-hinged textblock pages to accommodate mounted photographs. We will use goatskin leather, acid free card, Eterno acid free board and marbled paper sides.  Some bookbinding experience or any of our ‘Hand Bookbinding Courses’ is preferable but not essential.

Full Calf Leather Tight-Back Binding with 18th Century Cambridge Panel Style Decoration

A practical 5-day course where we will construct a full leather, tight-back binding with raised bands and Cambridge panel style board decoration.  The textblock for this binding will be a digitally printed copy of Douglas Cockerell’s ‘Bookbinding and the Care of Books’ first printed in 1901.  The text is printed on 130gsm archival cream paper.  The textblock will be sewn onto five raised cords and then glued up with animal glue.  The textblock edges will be trimmed and sprinkled and we will sew double-cored endbands at the head and tail.  We will be using lined millboard boards, which will be laced onto the cords and back cornered.  The calf leather will be cut, pared and pasted onto the binding using a starch paste.  The boards will be sprinkled (into three panels) and blind tooled following a typical mid 18th century Cambridge panel style decoration.  We will also make a coloured lettering piece and tool the title using gold leaf and hand letters.  Some bookbinding experience is necessary.

Full Leather Binding

A practical 5-day course where we will construct a full leather binding with separately covered boards in goatskin leather.  We will construct leather-jointed endpapers with doublures.   Textblock edges will be decorated and we will hand sew a modern style endband.  Boards can be worked on or off the book and we will incorporate sculptured techniques and leather inlay and onlay work.  Some bookbinding experience is necessary.