Biblio Tech 1 & 2

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$ 750.00

April 24th, 2017 9:30 AM

  • Instructor: Karen Hanmer
  • Workshop Type: Binding
  • Workshop Status: Closed
  • Workshop Start: April 24th, 2017 9:30 AM
  • Workshop End: April 28th, 2017 5:30 PM
  • Sessions: 5

Similarities between historical and modern structures will be stressed. A chart giving brief structural descriptions of all the binding models presented will be provided to aid students in continuing their study.

Students will then create ten small binding structure models from the larger set. These models will remain unfinished so the sewing and board attachment are visible for future reference. A handout will be provided giving a rough outline of the steps to create the models made in class. Structures include: Tacketing of a thick single signature into a leather wrapper, Crossed Structure, Sewn Boards, Laced-on boards, German Case Binding with double fan adhesive text block, Ethiopian, Medieval, Colonial American Scaleboard, Split Board, Non-Adhesive Paper Case

NOTE: This is a fast-paced workshop for students who have some experience with traditional binding. Students should be comfortable sewing on a variety of supports and have successfully made books on their own outside a workshop setting.

Materials to Bring: 6 inch ruler; strong tweezers or needle nose pliers; sharp 1/4” chisel, or a standard #1 Xacto knife handle and a #17 Lightweight Chiseling Blade; two 1/2 “ glue brushes, at least one of these should be round; sanding block and sandpaper #120 and #240; square with base, Talas #ttb041001, or some device to keep text block square; 6x4" square of non-skid shelf lining; small C-Clamp or quick-grip clamp; old washcloth/dishcloth to wipe unwanted PVA from hands, book and workspace; wood rasp with both rough and smooth surfaces; small tube rice paste:

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Optional: microspatula, Talas #TTB002001 or similar.

Optional and available at SFCB for student use during workshop: bone folder, 12 inch ruler, utility knife, cutting mat, awl, scissors, beeswax, small glue brushes, PVA containers, pencil, backing hammer, dividers, punching cradles. 

Workshop + Materials Fee: $675 for HBC members* :: $750 for non-HBC members

*HBC Members please call Nina Eve Zeininger at 415-565-0545x105 to register and receive their discount. If you are interested in becoming a member of Hand Bookbinders of California (HBC) more information can be found here

Date & Time: Monday-Friday, April 24-28, 2017 :: 9:30am-5:30pm

Location: 375 Rhode Island St, San Francisco, CA 94103

Note: Please read over the SFCB Registration Policies before signing up for a class


About the Instructor | Karen Hanmer

Karen Hanmer’s artist-made books are physical manifestations of personal essays intertwining history, culture, politics, technology and arid wit. Her work is included in collections ranging from The Getty Museum and the Library of Congress to Yale University and Graceland. She is winner of the Jury Prize for Binding in the 2009 Helen Warren DeGolyer American Bookbinding Competition and is one of only nine graduates of the American Academy of Bookbinding’s Fine Binding program. Hanmer is a leader in the book arts community, having served on the editorial board of The Bonefolder, as Exhibitions Chair for the Guild of Book Workers, and as frequent exhibition curator and juror. She offers workshops and private instruction focusing on a solid foundation in basic binding skills. 


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SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94103-5133
United States