Workshops and Lessons

Workshops at a public venue

Currently no workshops are planned.

If you came here hoping to find a workshop to enlist, please do get in contact. I am sure we could organize something. For example I could teach you in my home studio.

If you came here because you would like to offer a bookbinding workshop at your venue, please also do get into contact. I have given different workshops, and could cater for different target groups and different time frames, whether it be a closed workshop for several hours, or something people do on a rolling basis and in a short time. The last workshop I offered was for the Nottingham Writers’ Studio and was a 4 hour workshop called “bookbinding for writers”. Once we are in contact we can discuss your wishes, and the range of what in particular I can offer to teach.

 

Workshops at Büchertiger’s Studio

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a glimpse at my studio in Wollaton, Nottingham

I very much like teaching and I am generally willing to teach you everything that I know. In my studio I offer sessions for up to three at a time. I invite you to contact me if you have seen something specific that you are interested in learning, and we’ll discuss and arrange a course that will suit you.

Depending on what your wishes and needs are, we could work together on getting something bound that you wrote or printed. Or it could be course in a technique you are interested in, or different solutions to a problem (like a course on single section bindings). Or it could be even more general advice, and joint brainstorming of ideas for a (more or less) specific project of yours (I had a similar session with a fotographer who wanted advice on what structures he could use to make photobooks suited to his style.)

You will only finally book a course when you are happy with the course description I’ll give you. A range of materials and hot and cold drinks will be included in the course fee.

The specific price will depend on what kind of thing we settle on. But to give you an idea, calculate that you will pay £100 if you are coming alone for a 6h day (including a break), £60 each if you bring a friend, £55 each if you bring two friends.

To give you an idea, these are some techniques that I could teach

Longstitch

longstitchIt takes about a day to teach you how to bind so called limp leather books. Here the pages get sewn directly onto the covering material (leather). A long strip of leather can be attached to serve as closure.

This type of binding is well suited for journals and sketch books, or for guest books with a medieval flair.

(no prior knowledge needed)

 

Indirect Tacketing

inderect notebookIndirect tacketing is a little more sophisticated form of limp leather binding. It is called indirect because there are two types of sewing: With a primary sewing the pages are made into a book block. And this is then attached to its leather cover by so called “tackets” – this are these curly stitches that you can see on the outside.

The advantages of this type of binding are manifold: Like other bindings without glue it opens flat, the leather cover makes it robust and less susceptible to dirt and small water dashes. For books with exposed sewing the week point is that the threads are unprotected and could tear – this is where the indirect sewing is an advantage: First of all, the primary sewing of the book block is hidden and therefore not as vulnerable. Secondly, the tackets are all individually made: if one breaks, the other hold the book block still in place. Thirdly: Even if all the tackets should break – your pages don’t come apart.

In the middle ages limp bindings were used a lot. They were used for less valuable books and in many cases to protect the pages of a book until the final hardcover would be made. (Think of it as the medieval paperback.) We see today, however, that many of them are better conserved than those that received their hardcover bindings.

Depending on prior bookbinding experience this could be a one or two day course.

Coptic Binding

book with Coptic headbandsThis is the oldest method of binding codicees (folded paper sewn along the fold). A simple basic method could be taught in a day and would be a great way to enter the world of bookbinding.

This could be a one day (just the binding itself) or a several day (adding a closure, parchment decorations, and/or headbands) workshop. Making the book on the right would take two days.

Registration

Contact me informally and simply tell me that you are interested in a course. We’ll then discuss all the details (including scope and price) and appoint a specific day which suits all participants.