Restoration of Family Bibles

$ 650.00

July 29th, 2019 9:30 AM

  • Instructor: Dominic Riley
  • Workshop Type: Binding
  • Workshop Status: Open
  • Workshop Start: July 29th, 2019 9:30 AM
  • Workshop End: August 2nd, 2019 5:30 PM
  • Sessions: 5

The restoration of Victorian Family Bibles is a staple for many bookbinders, and yet the technique is rarely taught in depth. In this week long class, Dominic will lead  you through the many steps involved in this very specialized repair.

Victorian Family Bibles are large, heavy, and sturdily built. They differ from ‘ordinary’ leather bindings in that they have thick, often sculpted boards, reinforced cloth joints, elaborate gold blocking and often metal furniture and clasps. These features together mean that when it becomes necessary to repair them, they present specific challenges to the book restorer.

We will begin by detaching the boards, removing the spine leather and cleaning  the cover — removing dirt from the gold and re-dyeing the scuffed leather. Any repairs to board edges and corners will be done at this point, including repairing and cleaning the metal furniture (including, if necessary, shaping new brass pins to hold the clasps in place).

Next we will remove the old spine linings, clean the spine thoroughly, spilt the boards and insert strong cotton hinges. The endpaper joints will then be repaired and the boards reattached. Headbands will be repaired and put back on, and a new many-layered spine hollow added.

The Bible is then ready for rebacking with dyed goatskin, a process which requires skill, accuracy and patience.

*This is an intensive class which is suitable for those who have experience in restoration and working with leather. Students will be required to provide their own bible , and advice will be given on how to choose a suitable example for the class.


Materials to Bring: Scalpel (available from Havels: https://www.havels.com/surgical-blades). Students will be required to provide their own bible , and advice will be given on how to choose a suitable example for the class.

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

Pre-requisite: Book Repair Core, Leather Core, or similar bookbinding experience.

Workshop Fee (includes $60 materials fee): $650.00

Date & Time: Monday-Friday, July 29-August 2, 2019 :: 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. Dominic is President of the Society of Bookbinders.


Past Student Reviews:

 “Riley is a highly qualified instructor and lively instructor. He provided detailed demonstrations throughout the workshop, and shared useful recommendations for bookmaking supplies, conferences, and professional groups. This technique is versatile, creative, and archival. Also, during Riley's workshops, you don't have morning and afternoon breaks: You have "tea time," which is so much better. :)”

“You really get the Alpha to the Omega with Dominic! He explains everything you need to know and more.”

“The instructor… very knowledgeable, supportive, and enthusiastic. Also, he told funny stories and anecdotes.”

“Fantastic!! I'm looking forward to learning what he and Michael will be teaching next summer so I can make my plans early.”

“the fact that Dominic removed the mystery from book repair and introduced this technique in great details”

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