Wooden boarded binding
Time: 10:30 - 16:30
Location: KS - Keeley Street
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Course Code: VD316
Duration: 3 sessions (over 3 weeks)
What is the course about?
You will make an historically detailed example of a Coptic binding with wooden boards.
What will we cover?
- The history and importance of Ethiopic bookbinding
- The preparation of the wooden boards and their attachment to the quires (sections)
- Sewing together the paper quires with link stitch
- Ethiopic and/or Byzantine headbands
- Braiding leather straps.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Fold paper into quires
- Mark up quires and sew with link stitch
- Drill the wooden boards and prepare them for attachment
- Sew an Ethiopic and/or Byzantine headband
- Make a braided leather strap
Note: if time allows we will also make a second book in a slightly different style.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
The course is beginners to intermediate level and requires a basic ability to use hand tools confidently.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
You will be taught by practical demonstrations, supported by individual tuition and handouts.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
There will be an extra cost for materials - wooden boards, linen thread, leather. Probably between £15 - £20.
Tools will be provided but it would be useful to bring along a small hand drill or Dremel, a small carpenters square, and a notebook and pencil.
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When I've finished, what course can I do next?
- VD435 Bookbinding for beginners: simple leather binding
- VD410 Beginning miniature binding
- VD285 Crossed-structure and criss-cross bindings
Bookbinding: specialist courses
- VD300 Introduction to gold tooling
- VD251 Working with leather: decorative techniques
- VD361 Creative arts for bookbinding II: leather dyeing techniques.
Royston has more than 46 years of experience as a bookbinder, beginning his apprenticeship in 1973. He is accredited with basic and advanced City & Guilds in Craft Bookbinding, gaining a distinction at advanced level. In 1984 he joined Sangorski & Sutcliffe where he acquired a love of fine binding. Royston has been a part time Tutor at the London College of Printing and Camberwell College of Art. He has run workshops and masterclasses on basic and advanced techniques of fine binding, as well as more specialised workshops in areas such as wooden board bindings, Cosway bindings and Paring and Sharpening Techniques. Additionally, prior to his retirement in 2015, he had 25 years of experience at the British Library Conservation Centre, conserving rare books and manuscripts. Royston now works part time as a bookbinding tutor at City Lit and is a visiting tutor at the Royal Library in Windsor, as well as teaching private students.
Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.