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Advanced Course 1

Tutor: Darryn Schneider

Leather Binding Course

This is for those who wish to commence leather binding and is good practice for the second course should you wish to proceed to that level.

If you have done the intermediate case binding course you are ready for this course. It is not for absolute beginners. 

Good quality materials will be provided and you will complete a very substantial book.

A materials cost of $100 will apply. This will provide the leather, text paper, marbled paper and consumables including the boards, cord, and leather.

Day 1
Homework – sections folded and endpaper material prepared (22 sections – 3 sheet sections Mohawk Superfine)
Make endpapers 
Line boards – including 2 practice boards
Mark up spine for sewing
Saw in kettle stitches (kerfs)
Start punching holes

Day 2
Homework – Finish punching holes, trim endpapers
Set up sewing frames
Sew block adding endpapers
Start working on sharpening

Day 3
Homework – finish sewing
Glue up spine
Trim fore-edge
Trim head and tail

Day 4
Homework – any desired edge decoration
Lace on boards
Sew headbands (do one)
Line spine (demonstrate)
Finish sharpening – everyone to have a sharp knife

Day 5
Homework – do other headband and line spine
Back corner etc boards
Set boards
Practice paring – do one practice board
Make cover template
Cut leather

Day 6
Homework – practice paring do other practice board
Pare cover
Cover one practice board (get corner experience)

Day 7
Homework – Do other practice board
Cover book
Tie-up and do headcaps
Cambridge panel sprinkle on first practice board

Day 8
Put down ends (one anyway – other to do at home)
Blind tool Cambridge panel board
Free form finishing on second practice board


Restoration of Cloth and Paper Bound Books please note that this course is best undertaken by those who have had some practice in binding books as it will be assumed that participants are familiar with the details of elementary bookbinding. Topics for the course will be selected from the following :

  • Replacing spines
  • Resewing split books
  • Paper repair
  • “Lumbecking” a paper-back and putting it into a hard case
  • Repairing “bumped” corners
  • Dealing with bookplates
  • Refurbishing cloth and decorated paper, etc.
  • Other suitable topics

The course tutor is Robin Tait.


2 thoughts on “Courses OUTLINE”

  1. Hi, I have done 2 bookbinding courses in the past, but it’s a very Long time ago and I have forgotten a lot. I would like to pick it up again, maybe do the intermediate course. Could you please let me know dates, price and location. Thanks Dominique

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