Over the past two weekends I took part in a course offered by CBBAG. It is one of the core courses in their curriculum. The course was the first half of Repair & Restoration, this half focused on cloth and paper bindings. The second half of the course focuses on leather repair and won’t be… Continue reading Cloth and Paper – Repair & Restoration
The very first thing I learned in my bookbinding class was about the workplace. Now I can’t guarantee this is the norm for every bindery out there but this is what I learned through my class. First a few pointers: Stand while working (this helps you when lining things up, keeping things straight and when… Continue reading The Bindery
Alright, I’ve been meaning to do this post for a while and finally got around to taking the pictures for it. If you Google bookbinding tools, you’ll probably find lots of images and lots of posts about a lot of tools – I’m not covering all the tools. I am covering the bare minimum. These… Continue reading Bookbinding Tools 101
During the summer over a long weekend, I took part in another workshop for bookbinding! This workshop was on protective enclosures. Protective enclosures are either for decorative purposes or for protection, they keep a rare book safe – especially if the book is beyond repair. Over the three days we made a portfolio, a clam… Continue reading Protective Enclosures Workshop
During my last semester of school in the summer I was able to help organize and attend a talk given by Dan Mezza to the Association of Canadian Archives (ACA) Student Chapter at my university. Dan came to speak to us about paper. Before Dan became a bookbinder he was a paper maker and he’s… Continue reading Paper Workshop with Dan Mezza
Following bookbinding level 1 I signed up for a course on leather. This was a two-day course and gave a basic introduction to leather and paring. The course is a prep course for bookbinding level 3, which works with leather when making cases for the text blocks (rather than cloth). At the end of the… Continue reading An Introduction to Leather Course
For me, getting started is a difficult thing! So this introduction blog post is not easy but I’m going to give it a whirl if only so that I can get started on everything else. I’ll probably re-iterate a lot of what’s written on the homepage, just rambling it a bit more, and tell you a little more about myself.