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Po Box 193216
San Francisco, CA
USA

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. 

Honorary Membership Form

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Please use codes below (in parenthesis) to indicate your interests: Artists Books (AB), Bookbinding (BB), Book Conservation (BC), Book Selling (BS), Boxmaker (BX), Calligraphy (C), Collections Management (CM), Collecting (CO), Design Binding (DB), Decorative Paper (DP), Equipment Supplier (ES), Librarian (L), Materials & Supplies (MS), Paper Conservation (PC) , Papermaking (PM), Photo Conservation (PhC), Printing (PR), Restoration & Repair (RR)
Note that this information is available on the website to the public. If you take commissions, please use codes below (in parenthesis) to indicate: Artists Books (AB), Bookbinding (BB), Book Conservation (BC), Book Selling (BS), Boxmaker (BX), Calligraphy (C), Collections Management (CM), Collecting (CO), Design Binding (DB), Decorative Paper (DP), Equipment Supplier (ES), Librarian (L), Materials & Supplies (MS), Paper Conservation (PC) , Papermaking (PM), Photo Conservation (PhC), Printing (PR), Restoration & Repair (RR)
Note that this information is available on the website to the public. If you teach or take private students, please use codes below (in parenthesis) to indicate: Artists Books (AB), Bookbinding (BB), Book Conservation (BC), Book Selling (BS), Boxmaker (BX), Calligraphy (C), Collections Management (CM), Collecting (CO), Design Binding (DB), Decorative Paper (DP), Equipment Supplier (ES), Librarian (L), Materials & Supplies (MS), Paper Conservation (PC) , Papermaking (PM), Photo Conservation (PhC), Printing (PR), Restoration & Repair (RR)

Honorary Membership with the Hand Bookbinders of California comes in two forms, either Individual or Group.

Individual: This one-year membership is available to students of the San Francisco Center for the Book 'Bookbinding Core Certificate Program' after completion of the program. Your benefits are the same as regular membership (see below); you will soon be contacted by Lang Ingalls, HBC Membership Coordinator. It is important to list your categories of interest so that we may correctly introduce you to the community. We encourage you to attend the monthly meetings and events posted in the calendar.

Group: This continuous membership is offered to groups that have a shared interest in the world of books. Trade Groups are most often non-profit groups who agree to trade their publications for HBC publications. Groups must gain approval by the HBC board for this type of membership.

 

BENEFITS OF MEMBERSHIP

Workshops Discounts The HBC brings top binders to the Bay Area at least twice a year for workshops that provide hands-on instruction in technique, various book structures, paper decorating, equipment maintenance and many other topics. Members may enroll in these workshops for a discounted price. As well, members may apply for the Jane Aaron Scholarship, which will be granted subject to need.

Our Annual Exhibition The HBC sponsors an annual exhibit of bookbinding featuring recent works by members. It is an opportunity for any member of the Hand Bookbinders to showcase their recent work.

The HBC Webpage offers general information, a calendar of events & exhibit information, as well as a directory of members for clients and collectors seeking binding services. Visit the site at: www.handbookbinders.org and follow us on Facebook

Membership Directory & Commissions List The HBC publishes an annual directory of members for the use of the membership. A list of members who accept commissions for work is posted to the website to assist potential clients in finding the right person for their project.

Regular Presentations The HBC holds monthly meetings between September and May with presentations by working bookbinders, booksellers, paper decorators, printers, collectors and other book arts professionals. Free to members and their guests.

The San Francisco Center for the Book serves as the venue for many HBC workshops and meetings. The Center houses letterpress and bookbinding equipment and a resource library.

The Monthly eMail News we send an email news journal keeping you informed of the months' activity. In busy months and for updates, this email news goes out twice monthly.

Special Events such as book fairs, joint meetings with other local book arts groups, trips to other bookbinding centers and our annual holiday party.

The Gold Leaf, Our Newsletter: The bi-annual newsletter of the HBC, provides information on local and international book arts events, profiles of well-known binders, book news, how-to tips, sources for equipment and supplies, and much more.