Upcoming Workshops at the American Academy of Bookbinding

The American Academy of Bookbinding in Telluride, Colorado, announces two upcoming workshops:

Box Making With Peter Geraty | April 30–May 4 | $800

What’s in a box?…your most prized possessions! Protect your meticulously created binding or book with the strongest box structure. Peter Geraty teaches the clamshell box like no other, utilizing custom jigs and interlocking double walls to maximize precision and durability…highly recommended for the book on tour! This method can then be applied to construct boxes for multiple functions and shapes.

Protective and decorative boxes are used to house treasured bindings and are a staple of fine bookbinding and book conservation. In this class, students will learn to construct the basic clamshell box. This will be followed up by discussion and/or demonstration of several other types of boxes, which may include four-flap folders, telescoping boxes and rounded spine boxes.

Precision and accuracy will be learned and stressed as they are keys which enable the creation of sturdy and elegant custom made boxes. Though the focus of the class is primarily to create protective boxes for books, the skills learned will carry over into box making for many different purposes.

Selected Shorts: 3 Valuable Techniques in 1 Week With Don Glaister | May 28–June 1 | $800

This class takes a unique approach to binding, exploring a departure from the use of traditional materials used in the book block and cover. Pages are created from a variety of materials—metal, plastic, wood, film, heavy paper, etc.—then bound using the montage sur onglets technique and enclosed in an elegant thick paper cover to create an unusual codex work of art. Once this “out of the box” book is completed, students will put it “in a box” they custom build in class.

There are areas of bookbinding study that require years, even decades of study and practice. Thankfully, there are also techniques that can be learned relatively quickly and can be performed successfully right away. This class covers three such techniques that are essential to the education of a well-rounded bookbinder. Montage Sur Onglets is a French term that literally means mounting on tabs. Pages are glued or sewn to flexible paper structures that provide hinges. It is a technique that makes it possible to flexibly bind a book whose pages are in the form of folded signatures but are too stiff to open otherwise; are cut in single sheets of paper or other materials; or need to be removed at a later time without ruining the binding. Students will be shown and will explore variations of this technique to fit many applications. This is very versatile technique that can be used in deluxe fine binding, edition binding and conservation binding as well.

Sometimes bookbinders are requested to bind books that are not appropriate for a full leather, fine binding treatment. This can be either for reasons of time, budget or the very nature of the text. The second project of the week’s class will help to fill that niche. Students will make elegant, reinforced paper bindings for their texts from the montage sur onglet portion of the class or other books of their choosing. They will be guided through the process step by step and will be shown various valuable techniques and tricks associated with binding, especially in paper. This binding structure is relatively simple, quick and very elegant. It is highly adaptable to a variety of binding situations.

Most handmade books require protection from damage due to accidents, environmental factors and normal wear. The third project of the class will be to fill that requirement as students will build a custom fitted, archival clamshell box to fit the paper binding previously made in class. The box will be made of binders’ board and book cloth, and will be lined with protective felt. The clamshell box is often used not only for book protection, but portfolio presentation and housing collections of small objects and documents. It too is a very adaptable structure that helps to greatly broaden the scope of the binder’s expertise. This class is open to those interested in bookmaking and binding, though some experience with binding materials, tools and processes will be helpful.

For more information about spring courses or the American Academy of Bookbinding, please visit the website or contact Katy@ahhaa.org | 970-728-8649.