The Hand Bookbinders of California

- Est. 1972 -


The Hand Bookbinders of California gathered for the first time in 1972. A close-knit group of hand bookbinders, with shared interests in creating and collecting fine bindings, joined together to promote hand bookbinding and related book arts and to exchange information and ideas. HBC membership now includes students, makers of artists' books, collectors, conservators, papermakers and paper decorators, fine printers, printmakers, writers, book dealers and other lovers of the book arts.

From the start, the goal of the Hand Bookbinders has been to share knowledge and members now enjoy a calendar of events including workshops at the San Francisco Center for the Book, lectures, social activities, exhibitions, out-of-town trips, plus a unique connection to the variety and vitality of the book-arts community throughout California.

The Hand Bookbinders of California meet monthly and sponsor workshops and classes. We celebrate the book: making books, their collection, care and restoration.

We welcome you to join us.