Introduction to Hand Tooling

$ 500.00

August 28th, 2017 9:30 AM

  • Instructor: Mark Andersson
  • Workshop Type: Binding
  • Workshop Status: Open
  • Workshop Start: August 28th, 2017 9:30 AM
  • Workshop End: August 30th, 2017 5:30 PM
  • Sessions: 3

In collaboration with Hand Bookbinders of California, San Francisco Center for the Book presents: Introduction to Hand Tooling with Mark Andersson.

In three days using letters, lines, and flourishes along with various tooling techniques, students will learn what they need to know so they can go home and practice to get successful and consistent finishing results over time. 

Mark will cover techniques for getting gold leaf to stick and students will experiment with applying tooling to a variety of surfaces from paper to cloth and leather developing best-practice methods for each surface. Participants will also gain an understanding of the relationship between how hot tools should be and the necessary pressure that should be applied for each type of tooling they will practice. Tips for design and pattern creation will be shared so students can utilize what they used in class on their own projects at home.

Materials to Bring: Gold leaf, foil, or other material they'd like to tool with; small brushes in either 00 or 000 size; inexpensive sponge to cool tools.

Optional and available at SFCB for student use during workshop: leather scraps.

Workshop + Materials Fee: $500.00 for non-HBC members :: $450.00 for HBC members*
*HBC Members need to please call SFCB at 415-565-0545x105 to receive their discount when registering.

Date & Time: Monday-Wednesday, August 28-30, 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 | Mark Andersson

Mark Andersson is a book conservator, bookbinder and instructor. Mark is also President of the Guild of Bookworkers, the national organization for those involved in binding, conservation and all aspects of book arts.

Prior to moving to Tucson, Mark was Department Head and sole instructor in the North Bennet Street School’s bookbinding program for nine years. During that time he taught students from around the world all major aspects of bookbinding from historical models to full leather fine bindings with gold tooling, and all significant aspects of cloth and leather book conservation.

Past Student Reviews:

“Mark was well organized in his teaching style and relaxed.”

“Thorough, relaxed, informative and fun.”





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SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94103-5133
United States