Restoration of Cloth and Leather Bindings: A Hand Bookbinders of California Workshop

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$ 800.00

February 27th, 2012 9:30 AM

  • Instructor: Don Etherington
  • Workshop Type: Binding
  • Workshop Status: Closed
  • Workshop Start: February 27th, 2012 9:30 AM
  • Workshop End: March 2nd, 2012 5:30 PM
  • Sessions: 5

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Monday, 2/27 - Friday, 3/2
9:30am - 5:30pm
This course teaches restoration and repair techniques for cloth and leather bindings, using Japanese paper and linen for rebacking and other repairs. Matching repairs to the bindings’ colors will also be taught. On the final day, if time allows, you’ll complete a leather reback. You should bring at least four books needing repair, two cloth and two leather, to work on during class. No prerequisite is required for this class, but experience in bookbinding is helpful. This class is open to all levels of bookbinders.
Materials to bring: Scissors; awl; OLFA snap blade, X-ACTO knife or scalpel; extra blades; dividers; metal straight-edge with both English and metric units; cutting mat; pencil; bone folder; medium glue brush.


About Don Etherington: 
Don Etherington is the Director of the Book Conservation Program at the American Academy of Bookbinding. Nationally and internationally recognized for innovative design and implementation of state-of-the-art conservation procedures, including phased preservation programs for libraries and institutions, Don brings over 45 years of professional experience to the AAB. After extensive training in England, he established a four-year program in bookbinding and design at Southampton College of Art and conducted workshops and seminars for colleges, universities and the Guild of Bookworkers. President of the Etherington Conservation Center in Greensboro, N.C., Don also holds the position of Fellow in both the American Institute for Conservation and the International Institute for Conservation. Other professional affiliations include the Guild of Bookworkers (Past chairman, Standards Committee); Accredited Fellow, Institute of Paper Conservation in England; and member of the American Library Association.
$ 800.00