Crossed Structure Binding

 Registration is closed for this event

June 4th, 2023 9:30 AM

  • Instructor: Brian Lieske
  • Workshop Type: Binding
  • Workshop Status: Closed
  • Sessions: 1
  • In-person or Online?: In-person

Workshop Fee (includes materials fee): $150
Scholarship available; click here to apply.

This is an in-person workshop. As of January 2023, masks are strongly encouraged but not required unless otherwise indicated. 

The Crossed Structure binding is a non-adhesive binding design created by Carmencho Arregui in the late 20th century. It draws inspiration from Long Stitch bindings of the medieval era and is suitable for use both in conservation or new bindings, such as travel journals or decorative bindings.

The structure is constructed by interlocking the materials of the front and back cover. There are many variations of this structure; this class is an introduction to the Basic A and Basic B types using handmade paper as the cover material.

Materials: All materials and equipment required for the class will be available at the Center for the Book.

>> Prerequisite: None <<

Materials to Bring: 

You are encouraged bring your own tools if you have them, particularly:

  • 18mm Olfa knife
  • Bone folder for scoring
  • Teflon folder for folding
  • Japanese screw punch with a 1 mm point

Date & Time: Sunday, June 4, 2023 :: 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 three days prior to the start date of the workshop to allow the instructor time to prep materials for class. 

About the Instructor | Brian Lieske (he/him)

Brian wandered into SFCB many years ago and continues to haunt the place. He completed both the bookbinding and letterpress cores as well as several of the summer historic structure classes, and now teaches SFCBs Box Making Core classes. He enjoys making fully hand-sewn books and still fights to not over-tighten his kettle stitches. He’s lived in San Francisco for more than 20 years having arrived shortly after completing an MFA at the University of Texas at Austin.

Past Student Reviews:

“Brian did an outstanding job in his careful prep, his well-thought-out and detailed directions and demonstrations, and his patience and generosity of spirit."

“Friendly and encouraging.”

SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94103-5133
United States