The Deluxe Box

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$ 360.00

August 11th, 2018 9:30 AM

  • Instructor: Dominic Riley
  • Workshop Type: Binding
  • Workshop Status: Closed
  • Workshop Start: August 11th, 2018 9:30 AM
  • Workshop End: August 12th, 2018 5:30 PM
  • Sessions: 2

The Deluxe Box is the last word in housing for fine books. It was invented at the end of the nineteenth century as a way of protecting rare and valuable books, whilst being a thing of beauty in its own right, hinting at the book inside with its rounded leather spine, raised bands and gold tooling.

Students will begin by building two trays covered in bookcloth. Next, a case will be constructed, with its spine made from shaped balsa wood. False raised bands are attached to the spine, and then the leather is pared and attached. The case is completed with a cloth liner on the inside, and finally, the two trays are glued up and attached to the case.

The leather will then be tooled with gold across the raised bands, and a title label added.

Materials to Bring: Scalpel — #4 handle, #25 blades (available from Havells); paring knife (sharp); strop; natural sponge, large paste brush.

Optional and available at SFCB for student use during workshop: bone folder, metal ruler, dividers, utiility knife. Bring if you have: band nippers.

Workshop Fee (includes $60 materials fee): $360.00

Date & Time: Saturday & Sunday, August 11 & 12, 2018 :: 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 | 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. Dominic is President of the Society of Bookbinders.

Past Student Reviews:

“Instructor was very knowledgeable and was able to take you through the steps in a very easy to understand manner. Regardless as to whether you were a beginner or had a bit of background.”

“Gifted both in skill and the ability to deliver his knowledge.”

“Instructor was amazing- knowledge of technique, history, and personal anecdotes was informative and interesting.”

$ 360.00
SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94103-5133
United States
Workshop Fee
Workshop + Materials Fee $ 360.00
Workshop Details
Instructor Dominic Riley
Instructor 2
Instructor 3
Workshop Extra
Workshop Type Binding
Workshop Status Closed
Sessions 2



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