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Sat, Mar 16



Introduction To Bookbinding Workshop

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

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Introduction To Bookbinding Workshop
Introduction To Bookbinding Workshop

Time & Location

Mar 16, 2024, 8:00 AM EDT – Mar 17, 2024, 5:00 PM EDT

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

About the event

This is an in-person OR virtual online workshop and demonstration. Please choose the appropriate ticket.

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

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

     ·  Backing Boards (Qty 2)

     ·  Bonefolder

     ·  Awl

     ·  Glue Brush

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

This event will be available to watch 24-48 hours after the conclusion of the demonstration.  Each patron will receive an unlisted link to the exclusive YouTube edited upload. The link will remain active indefinitely so you can watch or rewatch at your leisure. The video will also be available to our Bookbinder and our Book Artist Tiers at

* 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

    This ticket includes all materials for the workshop. It includes the use of all tools if in-person. If attending virtually, please include your mailing address to ship your bookbinding kit to!

    Tax: +$10.50 Tax+$4.64 service fee
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  • Intro to Bookbinding Demo

    The holder is entitled to watch the demonstration and interact with the class. This ticket does not include tools or materials. This ticket is good for in-person and virtual attendees.

    Tax: +$4.50 Tax+$1.99 service fee
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