BOOKBINDING 2018 / 2019

Numbers are strictly limited to a maximum of 8 so please book early.



2018

SEPTEMBER - Thurs. 20th - Sun. 23rd (3 days) - Bookbinding Beginners & Improvers - The Case Bound Book

OCTOBER - Thurs. 25th - Sun. 28th (3 days) - Off-board Bindings
(Waiting list only)


2019

MAY - Thurs. 9th - Sun. 12th (3 days) - Hand-Sewn Quarter Leather Tab Binding

JUNE - Thurs. 6th - Sun. 9th (3 days) - Bookbinding Beginners - The Case Bound Book

JULY - Thurs. 4th - Sun. 7th (3 days) - Stub-Bound Half Leather

SEPTEMBER - Thurs. 26th - Sun. 29th (3 days) - Full Leather Cambridge Panel Binding



(arrival 5-6pm, departure 4-5pm)

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We have a range of bookbinding courses at the Grange. If you are completely new to bookbinding, and want to start at the beginning with a view to becoming accomplished, we recommend that you learn the basic skills of making a case-bound book with our beginners’ course in June. Thereafter, there are lots of ways of adding to those skills and you can choose from one of the themed courses. We have asterisked * the courses which can be attended by beginners.

You may like to watch the short film about the Grange here.




2018




SEPTEMBER 2018

The Case Bound Book for Beginners
&
Further Techniques for Improvers
*

The Magic and Functionality of Case Binding

(with Jim MacWilliams)
Thursday 20th - Sunday 23rd September (3 days)



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For Beginners
An ideal starting point if you’ve never done any bookbinding before or only dabbled in it. Whatever you choose to go on and specialise in, or if you just want to work towards repairing your own books, a basic grounding in the traditional skills of bookbinding will be invaluable.

This course will provide you with an introduction to the materials, tools and techniques of bookbinding and will enable you to produce, by the end of the three days, two case-bound books and if time permits simple repairs to a previously damaged cloth case binding.

You will learn about the correct use of bookbinding materials, bookbinding tools and the technical processes of bookbinding including sewing, attaching endpapers, glueing, trimming, rounding and backing, case-making and casing-in.


For Those With a Little More Experience
If you have previously learnt to make a case-bound book and want to further develop your bookbinding skills, these three days will give you a chance to explore the magic and functionality of case binding techniques. You will learn how to make some simple repairs as well as two different styles of cased books which you can then take home (and which would make lovely gifts if you can bear to part with your own handiwork!).

The course for those with some skills already will cover:
1) cloth case binding repair (where the spine is detached from the book) together with simple page repairs;
2) an attractive, functional and strong library style cloth case binding; and
3) a single-sheet hardback cloth case binding style that is suitable for binding dissertations, thesis or short run publications such as those used for family memoirs.



To see some photos of the bindery and Jim in action on previous courses held at the Grange, you may like to visit our Blog pages.



OCTOBER 2018

Off-Boards Binding

(with Glenn Malkin)

Thursday 25th - Sunday 28th October (3 days)
(Waiting list only)





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In this workshop, participants will create Glenn’s version of an off-boards binding from scratch. This approach, often used by design binders, allows the spine covering material to be different to that of the boards. It also enables design work to be applied to the boards before they go on to the book, thereby increasing flexibility whilst reducing risk. The hard bit is doing this in a way which does not introduce lumps or ridges and can still create a delicate and attractive binding.

As a participant you will sew a book, round and back it, add spine linings and then create the two part boards. Decoration of the boards will be limited to the time we have available, though you might like to bring along your own board coverings or design elements if you wish. We will then fill in the inside of the boards and look at joint and doublure/endpaper options.

Ideally suited to those with some experience of binding.






2019




MAY 2019
A Hand-Sewn Quarter Leather Tab Binding

(with Glenn Malkin)

Thursday 9th - Sunday 12th May (3 days)


K118 binding



Also known as an adapted K118 binding, this binding has the benefit of opening very flat. It is constructed using a rounded book block that has no need of backing (shoulders) so can be made without specialist equipment. The boards are attached to the book by cloth tabs and the design incorporates leather inner hinges, leather spine and decorative paper to the boards.





'Just a thank you for a splendid weekend. The course was terrific, and Glenn is a superb tutor.
I had such an enjoyable time . . . Thank you also for the amazing, delicious and healthy food.
What a good bunch of people you are.'








JUNE 2019

Bookbinding Beginners - the Case Bound Book *

(with Jim MacWilliams)

Thursday 6th - Sunday 9th June (3 days)



Cased bookbinding




The Beginners’ course - an ideal starting point if you’ve never done any bookbinding before or only dabbled in it. Whatever you choose to go on and specialise in, or if you just want to work towards repairing your own books, a basic grounding in the traditional skills of bookbinding will be invaluable. This course provides you with an introduction to the tools and techniques of bookbinding and will enable you to produce, by the end of the three days, a case-bound book. You will learn about bookbinding materials, the correct use of bookbinding tools and the technical processes of bookbinding, including sewing, attaching endpapers, glueing, trimming, rounding and backing, case-making and casing-in.



'I have just returned from a book binding course tutored by Jim Mac Williams
and what a privilege to be taught by such an expert bookbinder. Jim is
an inspirational teacher who can put across his subject in a
relaxed & humorous way that brings out the best in his students.
We were all amazed at the amount of work we
accomplished and the standard we achieved.'






JULY 2019


A Versatile Stub-Bound Half-Leather Book

(with Glenn Malkin)

Thursday 4th - Sunday 7th July (3 days)



Stub


Stub bindings are commonly used for binding artwork, maps and other documents that need to be opened flat.

We will make a book from scratch which incorporates a variety of approaches to stub binding so participants will be able to select the most appropriate structures for projects they may face in the future. The case will be half leather with raised bands on the spine.


SEPTEMBER 2019

A Full-Leather Cambridge Panel Binding

(with Glenn Malkin)

Thursday 26th - Sunday 29th September (3 days)


Cambridge Panel 2019 for web


This traditional style of decoration can be seen, in various forms, on many early eighteenth century bindings but is a commonly referenced theme even today.

We will make a blank book in the traditional way, lace on the boards and cover with full calf leather. We will then decorate and tool the book in this traditional yet attractive style.









Tools, Equipment & Work Space


Tools and equipment will be provided, although there will be additional materials charges of up to £30, depending on the course. (We can supply a list of suppliers for those who wish to buy tools afterwards. Some of these are given on our
Links page.) Please bring an apron.

The courses will be held in our recently restored and refurbished teaching bindery with individual workstations.





For 3-day courses in 2018 & 2019:
Residential (single with en-suite bathroom) - £499
Sharing (or in single room without bathroom) - £440
Non residential £390
(to include Thursday evening meal and lunches each day)
An additional materials charge of up to £30 may be applied to these courses.



Prices include tuition, all meals and accommodation.
Bookbinding
If you would like further information about our secure payment system, please see our booking and payments pages. Deposits can be paid online to reserve your place, although please be aware that as places are strictly limited (and online bookings are not monitored 24/7, your booking is not confirmed until we have confirmed it by email. Should you make a booking for a course that has reached its maximum number we will advise and, of course, make a refund of a deposit if there are no other courses that are of interest.)