Level 4: Letterpress binding
The Alchemy of Bookbinding Level 4
Half leather letterpress binding sewn on cords with laced on boards
Tutor: Ted Chapman
Cost: Members: $330, Non-members: $370
Completion of levels 2 and 3 or the equivalent is highly recommended.
The adventure continues. This 3 DAY course builds on the levels 2 and 3. Extend your skills into the world of traditional bookbinding. The 3 days will give you the time to complete the binding satisfactorily without rushing or cutting corners.
You will sew a bookblock on sunken cords, lace on boards, create a hollow and false raised bands. In this binding the boards are attached to the bookblock before covering. You will earn how to work leather onto the spine, form head caps and paste down endpapers. You will have a choice of a quarter or half leather (depicted) covering with decorated paper.
Materials: All materials will be provided.
The Guild stocks a variety of unbound sheets ready for binding. Students may choose to purchase one of these unbound bookblocks to bind, instead of blank sheets.
Tools: The Guild bindery has a full range of tools but participants may bring their own tools if they wish. A metal rule, a pencil, an awl, a sharp knife will be useful. To comply with COVID-19 safety it is recommended that tools are not shared between students.
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.
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.