BOOK REPAIR CLINIC
TUTOR: John Turner
DATES: Saturday 29th February 2020
TIME: 9.30am – 4.30pm
COST: Members $150; Non-members $185
Suitable for Beginners.
This workshop is intended to give participants a basic introduction to repairing books bound in leather, book cloth and paper, and to provide advice to more experienced practitioners. In the morning session, the tutor will explain and demonstrate a number of repair techniques and handy tips, including repairing and refurbishing cloth and leather using Japanese paper, repairing hinges and joints, and re-casing. Most of the techniques covered will be structural, with paper repairs (i.e. mending leaves) only being touched on. Participants are invited to bring along their own items requiring attention. The tutor will assess these, and advice will be given on suitable treatment options. Participants will be able to work on their books during the afternoon, under the guidance of the tutor. There will be spare books at the bindery for participants to work on and take away if they wish.
The tutor will demonstrate various techniques, including:
• The steps involved in re-backing a book, (both reattaching a detached spine and creating a new one)
• Rejoining boards
• Use of Japanese paper in repairs and rejoining components
• Choice of repairs materials
• Toning and matching new components to the original material
Participants may bring along their own usual small tools, and books to work on, but both tools and books will be provided to those without.
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.
Closed in shoes MUST be worn at all times.
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.
Please wear closed in shoes.