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Update: June 9, 2021

We are excited to announce a flexible schedule for the American Academy of Bookbinding 2021 class season. We are planning to open up for in-person classes in late August 2021 and run through mid-November, as long as local and national COVID-19 restrictions allow.

Registration is open. Classes marked  **FULL**  are no longer accepting applications. The remaining classes have only one or two spots still available.

  • COVID information:
    • The American Academy of Bookbinding (AAB) is under the umbrella of the Ah Haa School for the Arts (Ah Haa). Together, we are working on a comprehensive list of COVID health and safety protocols and requirements.
    • This list will be posted and available by April 30th.
    • For AAB / Ah Haa updates, please visit


July 26 – 30, 2021 | LANG INGALLS | $800

August 2 – 6, 2021 | LANG INGALLS | $800

Due to small class size requirements and demand, there are two options for this class. If interested, choose the week that best fits your schedule. 

If you have never taken a bookbinding class before, this is the class for you. This is a one-week class devoted to the fundamental building blocks of bookbinding; it is an introduction to the binding of books into cloth and paper covers.

Starting at the very beginning, students will learn about paper grain, cutting and folding, making and sewing the signature, and producing a pamphlet binding. From there they will expand to multi-signature sewing and case binding. Introduction to the essential tools of the trade will be covered. Students will learn techniques, tricks, and habits that will prepare them to progress to the next level or to practice and explore on their own at home. The marvels of paper, the details of sewing, the characteristics of an attractive book cover, and more are taught in this class.

AUGUST 22 – 26, 2021 | GABRIELLE FOX | $800

This full leather miniature binding is one step further in the development of the basic structure presented in full size at the Guild of Book Workers Standards Seminar in Tacoma, Washington. During this class, students will each bind at least one miniature in full leather which incorporates leather turn-ins, tooled leather headbands, surface decorations, which work particularly well for small books, and various endpaper structures or leather doublures.

Based on Project 8 in The Essential Guide to Making Handmade Books, this structure provides the strength and flexibility of a tight-backed book with the action of a hollow tube. The full leather spine can be titled or decorated as in a traditional binding. The delight of this structure is the ease with which it opens and closes, and the possible variations that can be used for both design and conservation binding.

In all well-designed miniature books, the binder makes visual and structural adjustments that allow the viewer to see a small book that seems to be simply scaled down to size. As said by the first recipient of the Turing Award, Alan Jay Perlis: “Simplicity does not precede complexity, but follows it.” With the variations that Gabrielle has developed, students will create small visual gems that can be read comfortably and handled without fear of damage to these tiny works of art.