Book Repair Core :: Foundational Techniques- Cloth Reback

$ 565.00

July 16th, 2017 9:30 AM

  • Instructor: Juliayn Coleman
  • Workshop Type: Binding
  • Workshop Status: Open
  • Workshop Start: July 16th, 2017 9:30 AM
  • Workshop End: July 30th, 2017 5:30 PM
  • Sessions: 3
While bookbinding and book repair share many skills and techniques, they are also distinct pursuits. This course is intended to introduce the student familiar with bookbinding to key practices within basic book repair.

In this class, we will learn the steps necessary to repair ailing clothbound books. This style of repair, developed through decades of use in conservation labs and private studios alike, allows the practitioner to safely disbind books with integrity and respect for the original structure, and follows an ethic of saving every part of the original material. The cloth reback can be varied many ways to attend to the many different problems books can have, but all variations are based on the foundational method taught in this class. Students will work on books specifically chosen by the instructor, who will also discuss how to identify books that are not good candidates for this type of repair. 

Competencies Gained:

  • Students will be comfortable with the concepts and techniques used in the basic cloth reback
  • Students will understand the purpose of the cloth reback and when it is not the proper strategy for a broken book
  • Students will be comfortable with basic concepts and strategies in paper repair
  • Students will be able to make their own cooked paste and methyl cellulose poultice
  • Students will be able to use a lifting knife and sharpen it on a leather strop 

Materials to Bring: Lifting knife made by instructor, included in class fee and given to student at the first workshop meeting.

Optional and available at SFCB for student use during workshop: bone folder, awl, utility blade, scissors, dividers, pencil.

Recommended Prerequisite: Book Repair Core :: Foundational Techniques- Paper & Paste

Workshop + Materials Fee: $565.00 (includes a lifting knife made by the instructor that students get to keep at the end of the workshop)

Date & Time: Sundays, July 16, 23 & 30, 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 | 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

Past Student Reviews:

“Juliayn is a master at what she does. She knows how to transmit her vast knowledge of book conservation to her students."

“The workshop provided me valuable skills that will be tremendously useful in my career.”

“My experience was awesome. I believe that I really received excellent instruction.”

“Juliayn always presented the material in a clear way and provided helpful demonstrations. Her handouts are very informative. She was great at answering all our questions and providing extra insights into the history and relevance of each point she was making. She is also an excellent time manager. The class never seemed to stray from her control. I definitely felt confident that I received great, quality instructions.”


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