Bookbinding Core 4 :: Classic Rounded Back Cloth Binding

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August 10th, 2024 9:30 AM

  • Instructor: Beth Redmond
  • Workshop Extra: Core Curriculum, Certificate Program
  • Workshop Type: Binding
  • Workshop Status: Wait-list
  • Sessions: 2
  • In-person or Online?: In-person

Workshop Fee (includes materials fee): $350
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Masks are no longer required for most workshops, though anyone is welcome to wear one if they wish.

Bookbinding Core Certificate Program

The San Francisco Center for the Book celebrates the craft and art of bookbinding. Our Bookbinding Core Certificate Program introduces students to four different binding models, leading them through the history and evolution of bookmaking.  It provides students a comprehensive foundation to delve into the practice of binding and qualifies them work in our bindery. Core workshops must be taken sequentially.

Click here to learn more about the Bookbinding Core Certificate Program! 

Bookbinding Core 4 :: Classic Rounded Back Cloth Binding

The final class in our Core Bookbinding series (taught in two sessions) uses skills learned in each previous class to create a beautiful and classic rounded back cloth binding. After sewing, the book will be rounded and backed before the boards are attached and covered. This binding style points to many historical structures that came before it, making it an ideal structure for anyone interested in learning to bind books with leather, or learning to repair books.  More terms, more tools, more techniques: such are the rewards of the skilled bookbinder!

Competencies Gained:

  • Build on skills from Cores 1, 2 and 3


  • Understanding of swell, board thickness, and endsheet type, and their impact on rounded and backed bindings
  • Review of different types of sewing supports and spine linings, and how they function within a binding
  • General comparison of all four binding styles presented in the SFCB Core, and how each binding style fulfills a different goal depending on types of books and their uses, and the historical period in which each originated


  • Rounding and backing
  • Hand sewing silk endbands
  • Making and attaching a hollow


  • Nipping press
  • Job backer
  • Backing hammer
  • Guillotine

>> Prerequisites: Bookbinding Cores 1, 2, 3. Please do not register for this class if you will not have completed Core 1-3 before August 10. <<

Materials to Bring: None. All tools and materials will be provided. Students are also welcome to bring any of their own favorite bookbinding tools.

Date & Time: Saturday & Sunday, August 10 & 11, 2024 :: 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 approximately three days prior to the start date of the workshop to allow the instructor time to prep materials for class. We recommend you not wait to register, as workshops that don't meet our minimum enrollment will be canceled, sometimes as much as a week in advance.

About the Instructor | Beth Redmond (she/her)

Beth was first introduced to making books in the photography program at San Jose State. She loves binding books for their perfect marriage of functionality and creativity.  After learning the basics of a well-made book at SFCB she went on to study fine binding at the American Academy of Bookbinding in Telluride CO. She works primarily with leather to create bindings for public and private collections. Her work can be seen at

Past Student Reviews:

"Organized, effective instructions and easy access to all necessary tools and materials."

"I really liked Beth's instructions and pacing as well as how hands on it was." 

"Beth is an excellent instructor.  Her explanations are concise and clear."

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375 Rhode Island St
San Francisco, CA 94103-5133
United States