Restoration of Leather Bindings

$ 640.00

June 5th, 2017 9:30 AM

  • Instructor: Dominic Riley
  • Workshop Type: Binding
  • Workshop Status: Open
  • Workshop Start: June 5th, 2017 9:30 AM
  • Workshop End: June 9th, 2017 5:30 PM
  • Sessions: 5

This intensive class is for those with some leather experience who would like to learn the fundamentals of the most challenging area of book restoration.

Successful book restoration requires patience, skill, and a thorough understanding of binding structures and materials. Nowhere is this more true than when restoring leather bindings. Firstly, leather bindings have a more complex structure than cloth case bindings – laced on boards, sewn headbands, hollow backs and so on. Secondly, old leather can be fragile and difficult to handle, and requires careful working with specialized tools to lift and re-glue it during the rebacking process. And thirdly, in order to achieve a successful reback, one must be adept at paring, dying and applying repair leather to the original binding.

We’ll begin by detaching the boards, lifting off the spine leather and cleaning the backs of the sections. Then we’ll repair the board edges and corners, and lift the leather along the spine edge of the boards to allow for rebacking. We’ll then split the boards and insert strong cotton, which will be adhered to the spine to form a new attachment of book to cover. New headbands will be sewn, the spine relined and a hollow attached.

Then comes the most critical operation – rebacking with a compatible leather dyed to match the original and carefully pared to fit under the lifted areas. After rebacking, we’ll reattach the original spine, put down the lifted leather and repair the endpapers.


Materials to Bring: Scalpel and blades, paring knife, artist’s brushes, acrylic paints, natural sponge, ace bandage. Bring if you have: paring machine & strop, headbanding silks, cobbler’s knife.

Please bring a choice of leather bindings in need of restoration, preferably nineteenth century bindings with hollow backs. The sewing must be intact. Dominic will have a few extra books for you to purchase at cost if you do not have a suitable one.

Optional and available at SFCB for student use during workshop: metal ruler, dividers, bone folder, scissors, cutting mat.

Workshop + Materials Fee: $640.00

Date & Time: Monday-Friday, June 5-9, 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

REGISTRATION WILL CLOSE 3 DAYS PRIOR TO THE START DATE OF THIS WORKSHOP.


About the Instructor | Dominic Riley

Dominic Riley is an internationally renowned bookbinder, artist, lecturer and teacher. He has his bindery in the Lake District, from where he travels across the UK teaching and lecturing. He spends part of the year teaching in San Francisco and across the USA. His work is mostly restoration and Design Binding, for which he has won many prizes in the Designer Bookbinders competition. He was elected Fellow of DB in 2008. His bindings are in collections worldwide, including the British Library, the Grolier Club in New York and the San Francisco Public Library. In 2013 he won first prize, the Sir Paul Getty Award, in the International Bookbinding Competition.


Past Student Reviews:

“I have taken many classes from Dominic and he is always a pleasure to learn from. He sets a high personal standard of work.”

"Dominic teaches with superb skill, compassion, wit and patience.”

“Dominic was so engaged with each student, with bonus history and otherwise entertaining tales. He created such a great atmosphere in the class."

“Dominic is a fantastic instructor."

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375 RHODE ISLAND ST
SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94103-5133
United States