Orientation to Leather

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May 20th, 2017 9:30 AM

  • Instructor: Juliayn Coleman
  • Workshop Type: Binding
  • Workshop Status: Closed
  • Workshop Start: May 20th, 2017 9:30 AM
  • Workshop End: May 20th, 2017 5:30 PM
  • Sessions: 1

It is impossible to imagine the history of bookbinding without leatherwork, and difficult to advance in learning bookbinding without having some skill or understanding of how leather is used in making books. Fancy books, plain ones, rustic or refined, historical and modern all have used leather in some fashion. Even many books without the tiniest scrap of leather still have borrowed working methods from leather bookbinding. This introduction to the advanced track in leatherwork for bookbinding helps students cross the frontier of those remote and mysterious tools and techniques commonly used in leather bookbinding today.

The first half of the class will explain and demonstrate the technical aspects of knives, and you will experience how to get and maintain a great edge. We will look at the various advantages and disadvantages of PSA abrasive sheets, Japanese water stones, oil stones, and stropping compounds. We will also explain the different surfaces available for using your knife, and how they act on knives: litho stones, marble, and tempered glass. If you have a knife for leather working that has dulled or lost its shape, and you'd like to learn how to tune it up yourself, please bring it to work on.

The second half of the class will focus on the various methods used to pare leather: edge paring with knives, and all-over paring with a Schärf-Fix or Brockman paring machine. There will be plenty of time for guided practice on your own in order to gain confidence with this essential skill. For those who learn quickly, paring for onlays and labels will be covered.

This workshop is a requirement for the advanced leather track in bookbinding at the San Francisco Center for the Book.  

Materials to Bring: None. Students will be provided with edge paring knives that they will be able to take home after class for use future leather workshops and leather bookbinding work.

Workshop + Materials Fee (includes edge paring knife): $300.00

Date & Time: Saturday, May 20, 2017 :: 9:30am-5:30pm

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

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About the Instructor | Juliayn Coleman

Juliayn Coleman has been a professional bookbinder since her graduation from the North Bennet Street School bookbinding program in 2003. Her private practice encompasses all levels of book repair and conservation, custom portfolio and enclosure making, teaching, and being a good ambassador for the craft of bookbinding in general. Some of her creative and professional projects can be seen at  www.bookislandbindery.com.

Past Student Reviews:

“I liked how much information about knives was packed into one class. I also enjoyed getting a knife and shaping it myself.”

“This was a well structured class with a lot of valuable information.”

“I always feel like Juliayn's classes are very well organized and she gives the students a lot of background information. She is a very clear presenter and a great time manager. She works very hard and manages to help everyone in class.”

SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94103-5133
United States