Traditional Leather Binding





Instructor: Sam Ellenport
Skill Level: Intermediate, Advanced, and Master
Materials Fee: $125.00
Length of workshop: 3 days

Date: Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, June 26, 27 and 28, 2019



Workshop description:

During the 3-day workshop, students will learn to work with leather and will produce leather bindings using traditional methods and materials. Students will measure, cut, pare, and cover a number of books in a variety of binding styles. Historical differences in binding techniques will be discussed. Students will learn to prepare books for leather binding. They will produce ¼, ¾, as well as full leather bindings. While books will be provided, students are encouraged to bring their own. These should be small and already sewn. Students may bring their own leather, though materials will be provided. At the workshop’s end, students will have several books bound in leather but not decorated.

Materials/equipment to be supplied by students:
bone folder
straight edge
box-cutting knife
paste brush
a sheet of decorative paper
skiving knife if possible
Waste paper
PVA glue
weights (paper-covered bricks provided by FOBA)
plastic containers for paste and water
paper towels
small books for covering — should be sewn with broken or damaged covers

Materials/equipment to be provided by instructor:
books for covering with leather
binders’ board
chip board
lining materials including headbands
band sticks
paring stones
sharpening stones
Scharffix machines
endsheet stock
wax paper
shirt knives

Prerequisite experience/skills needed for this class:
How to glue up paper or cloth to cover binder’s board
Students should be familiar with paste and paste brushes, and preferably should know how a book is put together. Any experience with cloth binding would be acceptable for skill level.