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TEACHING AND WORKSHOPS

Would you believe it? There are more than 60 different ways of sewing a book. You can learn some of them, and many other bookbinding techniques, like Japanese binding, paper decorating, box making, gold tooling… Private lessons available, or in small groups, with curriculum and costs adjusted according to your needs or wishes. You can learn precisely what you wish to learn without having to follow a rigid program.

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A platten press, even a small size one, can print text and illustrations, whether from a wood or a lino cut


Endbands come in many styles, some very simple, like this one on a book bound in parchment, others more complex, better suited to elaborate leather design bindings



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Titling and gold tooling are the last steps in bookbinding. A book’s title can be tooled directly on the spine or on a label, as seen here.



Japanese binding is quite easy to achieve, and few tools are needed : something to pierce the pages, such as a nail and a hammer, a needle and some thread, a bit of glue or paste.
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Traditional gold tooling calls for a steady hand and good judgment when it comes to proportions and spacing, and finishing tools like decorative pallets and rolls, and hand tools.



Knowledge of bookbinding tools will demand a few hours, but mastering the trade will take some more time. Here, a table press.
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Knowledge of the characteristics of the different bookbinding materials is essential, and helps to make the right choices. Here, a tub filled with pieces of bookcloth.


This handmade paper could become a greeting card, a concertina book, a special box or, as we see here, an embossed paper to be used as is, either to decorate or to bind a book.
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