Level 2: Flat Back Case Binding


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TUTOR: Monica Oppen
DATES: Sat/Sun 16-17 May
TIME: 9.30am – 4.30pm
COST: Members $260; Non-members $290
Maximum 8 students

Some basic previous bookbinding experience recommended

Course information:
This course, the Flat Back Case Binding builds on our Fundamentals course. This flat back case binding has its roots in the German binding tradition.
We will be focusing on sewing bookblocks. Sewing is a core binding skill.
Using two different sewing styles we will sew four bookblocks.
We will finish binding two of the bookblocks into flat back case bound books, one with a book cloth cover, the other with a decorated paper cover. A choice of covering book cloth and papers will be available.
The second pair of bookblocks will be partially finished, leaving the sewing and spine coverings visible as a memory aid for future binding projects.
We will also be making a soft edged slipcase.

Course content:
The tutor will demonstrate various techniques, including:
• glueing out
• accurate measuring and cutting of card, paper etc.
• bookblock sewing
• use of the board cutter
• use of the guillotine

The importance of paper grain will be revised.

Binding materials will be provided. You may bring your own usual small tool kit. However the bindery has a full range of tools and take home tool kits will also be available for sale.

Good eye/hand coordination and good dexterity are necessary for this course as sharp knives are used in the cutting of board and paper.
You will be shown correct procedure in the use of these tools but good co-ordination will assure accurate cutting and prevention of injury.
Please wear closed in shoes.

Other Information:
The bindery will be open by 9am. Tea, coffee and biscuits will be supplied. There will be a lunch break of 30 minutes. There is a fully equipped kitchen adjacent to the bindery if you wish to bring your lunch, but otherwise there are cafes and markets nearby.

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