Wooden boarded binding

Course Dates: 29/03/19 - 12/04/19
Time: 10:30 - 16:30
Location: KS - Keeley Street
Tutor: Royston Haward

The earliest books were sewn on to wooden boards. On this short course you will learn about early book structures and create a Coptic binding using some historical techniques and materials.

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Wooden boarded binding


What is the course about?

You will make an historically accurate example of a Coptic binding with wooden boards. This will include learning how to sew sections together using link stitch, how to 'lace-on' the wooden boards and make the decorative endbands which link the pages to the covers.

What will we cover?

- There will be a presentation of the history and importance of Ethiopic bookbinding
- The preparation of the wooden boards and their attachment to the quires (sections)
- Sewing together the paper quires with link stitch
- Ethiopic headbands
- Braiding a leather strap.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

- Fold paper into sections
- Marking sections and sew with link stitch
- Drill the wooden boards and prepare them for attachment
- Sew an Ethiopic headband
- Make a braided leather strap
Note: if time allows we will also make a second book in a slightly different style.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

The course is intermediate level and requires a basic ability to use hand tools confidently.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

You will be taught by practical demonstrations, supported by handouts and individual tuition.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

There will be an extra cost for materials - wooden boards, linen thread, leather. Probably between £15 - £20.
Tools will be provided but it would be useful to bring along a small hand drill or Dremel, a small carpenters square, and a notebook and pencil.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

You may be interested in book conservation courses such as VD202 and VD203, VD245,6 & 7 or other binding structures and general courses such as VD327 Bookbinding: introduction to boxmaking, VD292 Learn to Bind Artists’ Books, VD285 Bookbinding: Longstitch, coptic and secret Belgian binding.

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Book your place

Course Code: VD316

Fri, day, 29 Mar - 12 Apr '19

Duration: 3 sessions (over 3 weeks)

Full fee: £179.00
Senior fee: £143.00
Concession: £109.00

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