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Book Restoration Clinic - October 13-19, 2013
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Gather your worn leather, cloth, and paper-bound books and learn repair techniques to preserve and restore them. Broken covers, dirty/torn pages, and loose or broken stitches call for attention. We'll begin with a "round robin" restoration of an old leather book to build skills. Then develop and implement a plan for your books, based on their value to you and what you would like to achieve. Students of all levels are welcome in this class of shared learning!

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The Lost Art of Vellum Binding - February 23-28, 2013
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Common in the 16th and 17th centuries, limp vellum binding was revived by the private presses of Morris (Kelmscott Press) and Hubbard (Roycroft Press) to preserve the art of fine bookbinding. Continue this tradition by learning to construct two or more vellum (mammal skin) bindings, both in limp vellum and in half or quarter bindings with boards. Beginning students work with their own softcover books; advanced students can explore more complex structures of choice.

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Closures and Clasps for Leather Books - February 28-30, 2013
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Books from past centuries were often held together with ornate clasps, braided cords, and leather thongs. Learn how to make those wonderful closures. Using handmade buttons, bone, or metal pieces, you will create the parts, attach leather thongs, braid lacings, or experiment with other materials to customize your closures. Attach them to a leather book of your own or use one provided by the instructor. No experience necessary.

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Traditional Binding - Past Course
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Leather bindings from 1200 to 1830 AD were built "on the book" by lacing boards to cords sewn onto the book . Gain an introduction to this traditional binding style. Construct a book laced on wooden boards and finished with a leather cover, complete with silk bookmarks,title fobs and metal clasps. You may also cover books of choice with laced-in paste boards,leather spine,and paper appropriate to the period. All levels of experience welcome

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