Leather Core :: Quarter Leather Binding with Laced-On Boards in-person workshop

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November 18th, 2022 9:30 AM

  • Instructor: Juliayn Coleman
  • Workshop Extra: Core Curriculum
  • Workshop Type: Binding
  • Workshop Status: Closed
  • Workshop Start: November 18th, 2022 9:30 AM
  • Workshop End: November 20th, 2022 5:30 PM
  • Sessions: 3
  • In-person or Online?: In-person


This is an in-person workshop. All students and the instructor must show proof of vaccination against Covid-19 and agree to wear a mask for the duration of the class unless otherwise announced by SFCB. If you choose to complete the registration process you are agreeing to these terms.

Making a book with leather is always a reason for excitement. There is a little more work involved, but when you’ve carried out all the steps prior to covering with attention and intention, the experience of covering a book in leather is like no other. The result is also like no other. In this class we sew a book on raised cords, using handmade paper for endsheets and goatskin leather on the spine. We will practice all the skills we’ve accumulated in sewing textblocks and endbands, rounding and backing, lining the spine, and cutting board, and add what is needed to cover the book with leather on the spine and paper on the boards.

This book structure takes the skills students learned in Bookbinding Core 4 :: Classic Rounded Back Cloth Binding, raises the bar and bridges the gap between cloth and leather binding with exquisite results. Ideally this class is intended for students who have completed SFCB’s Bookbinding Core and the one-day Orientation to Leather class, though if you have other bookbinding experience that you believe is equivalent, please don’t hesitate to contact us.  

PLEASE TAKE HEED! This is part of a sequential series of classes which follows Orientation to Leather. If you have not taken Orientation to Leather, you must do so before you can register, participate in, and enjoy this class. 


>> Prerequisites: Bookbinding Core 1-4 AND Orientation to Leather <<

Materials to Bring: Leather knife received in Orientation to Leather, microspatula.

Optional and available at SFCB for student use during workshop: metal ruler, utility knife, bone folder, dividers, scissors, awl or pin vise, glue brush, pencil and paper for taking notes.

Workshop Fee (includes materials fee): $485
Scholarships available; click here to apply.

Date & Time: Friday-Sunday, November 18, 19 & 20, 2022 :: 9:30-5:30pm

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 three days prior to the start date of the workshop.


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:

[What did you find most valuable about the workshop?] “Learning 60,000 simple steps to make an amazing structure.”

“Juliayn was really excellent. Even when I was too tired and frustrated to laugh at her jokes, her expertise and teaching knack shone through and helped get my head around the material—which was remarkably rich, stimulating, and satisfying. Bravo!”

“This is a wonderful structure that I will use again and again. The class was well paced so we could give attention to all of the elegant details.”

“This is one of the best classes I have taken!”

“Juliayn is an excellent instructor; her classes are well planned and superbly executed.”


SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94103-5133
United States