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APRIL 30 – MAY 4 | PETER GERATY | $800
Protective and decorative boxes are used to house treasured bindings and are a staple of fine bookbinding and book con- servation. In this class, students will learn to construct the basic clamshell box. This will be followed up by discussion and/or demonstration of several other types of boxes, which may include four-flap folders, telescoping boxes and rounded spine boxes. The Introduction to Bookbinding II follows Protective Box Making on the AAB calendar —when taken together, the student will find the two courses are well paired. The books made in Intro II offer a great subject for box making practice at home. Precision and accuracy will be learned and stressed as they are keys which enable the creation of sturdy and elegant custom made boxes. Though the focus of the class is primarily to create protective boxes for books, the skills learned will carry over into box making for many different purposes.

Peter is a true inspiration. He is very knowledgeable, patient and above all, is willing to share all the knowledge he himself has acquired through the years. It was satisfying to walk away ‘with my creation’.


MAY 7 – 11 | PETER GERATY | $800
Students who have taken previous bookbinding classes will find an opportunity in this course to further develop their skills and to deepen their knowledge of the materials and techniques used in bookbinding. Starting with a review of the simple case binding, students will learn to make a rounded spine, sew endbands, incorporate design options such as embossed boards, and learn efficient methods for taking a book apart or making multiples. For those who are ready, the paring of leather and creating a quarter-leather binding is an option. This course will also focus on providing solutions to individual problems or areas that students specifically want to explore. It is highly recommended that students complete this introductory level prior to participation in the Fundamentals of Fine Leather Binding course.

Our Introduction to Bookbinding class, offered each of the past three years, has been highly successful and become very popular. With this success, we feel the time has come to divide the class into two levels in order to better meet the individual needs of students who have taken a bookbinding class before and those students who have not. Lang Ingalls, a professional bookbinder and experienced instructor, has assisted Peter Geraty in every Introduction to Bookbinding class these past three years and we welcome her as an inspiring instructor for those just starting on their bookbinding path.


MAY 14 – 25 | DON GLAISTER | $1500
This is an entry-level leather binding class for the Fine Binding and Integrated Studies Programs as well as an intermediate class for continuing Fine Binding students. In this class, students will learn and develop an understanding of traditional bookbinding techniques, beginning with a laced-on, leather covered board structure. The class will introduce and further acquaint students with techniques needed in future fine binding and specialty courses at the Academy. Students will become familiar with hand sewing using a sewing frame, rounding and backing, limited edge decoration, weaving headbands, as well as leather paring and applying leather to their books.

The focus of the class will be on learning and reinforcing sound bookbinding techniques with special emphasis on working with leather. All students will complete at least one full leather book in the course. Some more experienced students may be introduced to simple design techniques such as embossing and other surface treatments if time allows. No fine binding experience is needed for beginning students. Those new to AAB who wish to take the class as an intermediate student must first send samples of their work for evaluation. This course and may be repeated as needed or desired.

Don’s patience and genuine skill in explaining technique made it possible to absorb a LOT of information… he showed me that books can be a blank canvas, with endless creative possibilities.


MAY 28 – JUNE 1 | DON GLAISTER | $800
There are areas of bookbinding study that require years, even decades of study and practice. Thankfully, there are also techniques that can be learned relatively quickly and can be performed successfully right away. This class covers three such techniques that are essential to the education of a well rounded bookbinder.

Montage Sur Onglets is a French term that literally means mounting on tabs. Pages are glued or sewn to flexible paper structures that provide hinges. It is a technique that makes it possible to flexibly bind a book whose pages are in the form of folded signatures but are too stiff to open otherwise; are cut in single sheets of paper or other materials; or need to be removed at a later time without ruining the binding. Students will be shown and will explore variations of this technique to fit many applications. This is very versatile technique that can be used in deluxe fine binding, edition binding and conservation binding as well.

Sometimes bookbinders are requested to bind books that are not appropriate for a full leather, fine binding treatment. This can be either for reasons of time, budget or the very nature of the text. The second project of the week’s class will help to fill that niche. Students will make elegant, reinforced paper bindings for their texts from the montage sur onglet portion of the class or other books of their choosing. They will be guided through the process step by step and will be shown various valuable techniques and tricks associated with binding, especially in paper. This binding structure is relatively simple, quick and very elegant. It is highly adaptable to a variety of binding situations.

Most handmade books require protection from damage due to accidents, environmental factors and normal wear. The third project of the class will be to fill that requirement as students will build a custom fitted, archival clamshell box to fit the paper binding previously made in class. The box will be made of binders’ board and book cloth, and will be lined with protective felt. The clamshell box is often used not only for book protection, but portfolio presentation and housing collections of small objects and documents. It too is a very adaptable structure that helps to greatly broaden the scope of the binder’s expertise.

This class is open to those interested in bookmaking and binding, though some experience with binding materials, tools and processes will be helpful.