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Sat, Jan 21



Introduction To Bookbinding

Students will learn the fundamental language, tools, and core techniques involved in creating book structures.

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Introduction To Bookbinding
Introduction To Bookbinding

Time & Location

Jan 21, 2023, 9:00 AM EST – Jan 22, 2023, 5:30 PM EST

Erie, 1505 State St, Erie, PA 16501, USA

About the event

This is a combination in-person and on-line workshop and demonstration. 

Students will learn the fundamental language, tools, and core techniques involved in creating book structures.

Introduction to Bookbinding is a two-day exploration into bookbinding fundamentals such as rounding, backing, and other engineering essentials. Using traditional hand tools, Edward Patrick Kranz will demonstrate the binding of a functional book built on a solid foundation of traditional forwarding skills.

Over two days, students will learn the following skills and related vocabulary:

Throughout the workshop:

History and humor Bookbinding terminology

Workshop Day 1:

Tools of the trade, what you need, and what you can do without Materials selection Paper grain; what it is, how to find it, and why it’s important Folding signatures, marking up, and punching signatures Endsheets essential for an easy opening book sewing techniques Gluing up, rounding, backing, and lining the spine

Workshop Day 2:

Build the case Casing in the textblock The book press & the DIY home book press

 Beyond: additional bookbinding history, techniques, and insight will be presented by Mr. Kranz Upon completion, each student will have completed a handsome and functional book of their own making.

All necessary materials and tools (in-person only for the tools) will be supplied at the workshop. Tool kits will be available for purchase after the workshop if you want to continue the bookbinding adventure at home.

Materials Provided:

     · #35/3 Linen Thread

     · Davey Binder Board (Qty 2)

     · Bookcloth

     · Endpapers (Qty 2)

     · A5 Bookblock Paper (A6 Book 4.1” x 5.8”)

     · Linen Tapes (Qty 3)

     · Super (Mull, Crash, Tarlatan) Fabric

     · Kraft Paper

     · Endband (Qty 2)

     · PVA Glue

     · Wheat Paste Recipe

     · Bag of Wheat Paste

     · 20pt Folder Stock

Introduction To Bookbinding is a prerequisite for all advanced binding workshops taught by Mr. Kranz at The BOOKFORGE.

* Note: This is a beginner/intermediate-level workshop. some book arts knowledge or experience is recommended but not absolutely necessary.

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  • Intro to Bookbinding VI

    This ticket includes all materials for the workshop. It includes the use of all tools if in-person.

    Tax: +$9.00 Tax+$3.98 service fee
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  • Intro to Bookbinding Demo

    This ticket does not include tools or materials. The holder is entitled to watch the demonstration and interact with the class.

    Tax: +$4.50 Tax+$1.99 service fee
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