Classic Hardcover Book


hardcover1In this introductory bookbinding class students will learn why books look the way they do, a brief history of bookbinding styles, the basics of materials (paper, board, cloth, adhesives), basic techniques (measuring, folding, cutting, sewing, applying adhesive), and how to make a sewn, hardcover book. By the end of this two-day class students will know the parts of a book, how books function, and leave with 1-2 flat-back books covered in cloth and decorative paper.

Level: This class is appropriate for students at all levels.
Dates: Saturday & Sunday, February 17 & 18
Time: 10am-4pm
Max. no of students: 6
Instructor: April Smith
Cost: $180 tuition + $15 materials fee

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April Smith received her Master of Library Science degree and Certificate of Advanced Study in the Conservation of Library and Archival Materials from UT Austin in 2002. As part of earning her degree she completed an internship at the Library of Congress in the Rare Book Conservation Lab. After graduation, she worked part-time at the Harry Ransom Center in paper conservation, and part-time as an adjunct professor at UT while starting Booksmith Conservation. April has taught a basic bookbinding class while working at UT and has taught book repair classes through Amigos Library Services and at the Southwest School of Art (San Antonio). She recently completed a course in fine binding at the American Academy of Bookbinding.

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