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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. 

HBC Member Event Calendar

We’re working hard to improve our programs and make them both more enjoyable and interesting for our membership. We will no longer be holding the Board Meeting just prior to the program so that our monthly meeting will be devoted to activities both hospitable and interesting for everyone who attends. We also will be holding some programs and meetings on days other than our usual first Tuesday of the month so that many who have not been able to attend in the past can participate. And some of our initial events this year will be held in new venues as we try to make greater use of the resources of the Bay Area book community. Please mark these dates in your calendar and join us!

Legion of Honor Tour with Stephen Woodall
Jan
24
10:00 AM10:00

Legion of Honor Tour with Stephen Woodall

A Tour of the Reva and David Logan Collection of Illustrated Books
at the Legion of Honor, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco
Lincoln Park 100 34th Avenue at Clement Street San Francisco, CA 94121
Wednesday, January 24th 2018 10 -- 11:30AM

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That consummate bibliophile, Stephen Woodall, currently serving as the Logan Collection Specialist for the Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts at the Legion of Honor will provide us an unique opportunity to view both the current exhibition of the Reva and David Logan Collection of Illustrated Books and some of the other interesting books and bindings not currently on view. The Logan collection of modern artist illustrated books, comprised of over 300 books collected by the Chicago couple over the course of forty years was given to the Fine Arts Museums in 1998. Stephen Woodall is well known to many of us from his former positions as Director of the Center for Book and Paper Arts, Columbia College Chicago and Artistic Director of the San Francisco Center for the Book.

Following the presentation we will reconvene for an informal lunch in the Legion of Honor Cage at 12 pm.

Lincoln Park 100 34th Avenue at Clement Street San Francisco, CA 94121 415.750.3600 For more information on the Logan Collection, please check their website: https://legionofhonor.famsf.org/legion/collections/reva-and-david-logan-collection-illustrated-books

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Feb
3
to Feb 4

HBC MEMBERS RETREAT

The Northern California HBC members will host our Southern California friends for a weekend book extravaganza!

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SATURDAY EVENTS

STUDIO DEMO AND SHARING DAY : 

Attendees can move around according to their interests. Coffee and breakfast snack provided, lunch on your own. See link for local options. 
TIME: 9AM - 4PM 
LOCATION: 1890 Bryant Street, San Francisco CA 94110

  • Woven and Interlocking Book Structures:Instructions will be provided and attendees will have the chance to make these elegant yet playful structures.
  • Paste Papers: We will offer tools and techniques to help you create a variety of papers to take home.
  • Washing: We will demonstrate how to wash, deacidify, resize and line an item. This process takes several hours, but it’s intermittent. We’ll have some discussion of the materials used, and people will see how to make up solutions of calcium hydroxide for deacidification and gelatin for resizing. 
     

SAN FRANCISCO PUBLIC LIBRARY: Pull a Valentine Print on a Hand Press. We will shuttle folks to the San Francisco Public Library to take part in this annual tradition.

TIME: 2PM - 4PM
LOCATION: Meet on the 6th Floor lobby, 100 Larkin St, San Francisco, CA 94102

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SUNDAY EVENTS

PRIVATE TOUR SAN FRANCISCO PUBLIC LIBRARY:

Before the library opens, we will visit the San Francisco Public Library to look at some highlights from the Robert Grabhorn Collection on the History of Printing and the Development of the Book. The collection ranges from the 1400’s to the present day, and contains not only masterpieces of printing, but also experiments and even mistakes. You’ll find Alastair Johnston’s excellent essay on the collection on the SFPL website.
TIME: 10AM
LOCATION:
 Meet on Front steps of the building, or 6th floor once the tour has begun. 100 Larkin St, San Francisco, CA 94102

PRESS & BINDERY TOURS:  Sunday Afternoon 1 - 5 PM,
Four East Bay Artists, Bookbinders
and Printers

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JOHN DEMERRITT owns and operates John DeMerritt Bookbinding, in Emeryville, CA. His studio produces books and portfolios for artists, galleries, fine press publishers and institutions. John has taught and lectured at The SF Center for the Book, The Kala Institute, Columbia College Center for Book and Paper, Visual Studies Workshop, Oregon College or Arts and Craft, The Guild of Bookworkers and Mills College. From 2000 to 2013, he taught in the Photography Department of the San Francisco Art Institute, combining the use of digital imaging and book structure with his co-teacher, Michael Creedon. John and his wife, Nora Pauwels, publish collaborative projects with artists under their imprint DeMerritt | Pauwels Editions.
LOCATION: John DeMerritt Bookbinding 1420 45th Street ~ # 21 Emeryville, CA 94608 www.johndemerrittbookbinding.com

NORMAN MCKNIGHT Printer, photographer and collector of antiquities, Norman McKnight was born in West Hollywood and grew up traversing California and Oregon. Norman attended the University of Oregon when it was a small school of four thousand students with an amazing library. For the last thirty years, Norman has owned and operated Philoxenia Press a private letterpress studio in Berkeley, California, specializing in photography and finely printed books and broadsides. The press draws on a very large library of printing types and has two hand presses.
LOCATION: Philoxenia Press 1533 Francisco Street Berkeley, California 94703-2288

MARY RISALA LAIRD has her MFA in printmaking from UW Madison, Wisconsin. She has published letterpress books since 1969 as Quelquefois Press. She partnered in Perishable Press Limited from 1969-84. Ms. Laird loves teaching letterpress. Her ricochets include San Francisco State University, Kala Institute in Berkeley, Naropa University, and the San Francisco Center for the Book; the latter, where rumor has it, for twenty years, editions of chapbooks were cobbled together and printed in a day with six itinerant printer’s devils. Currently, she teaches in her studio in Berkeley. She uses a Vandercook Universal I for all the letterpress. Poetry, jazz, painting, drawing, the mystics of all traditions and participating in long silent retreats all over the country lend meaning to her life and inspiration to her work. Her books may be found in many collections across the country and in London. She has three grown children and lives in Berkeley with her husband. LOCATION: Quelquefois Press 638 Peralta Avenue Berkeley, CA 94707 www.quelquefoispress.com

FRED & BARBARA VOLTMER Havilah Press is small, independently owned letterpress company located in Emeryville, California which specializes in printing limited edition books with original content of cultural or historical interest.  It also serves as a resource for institutions, which own hand presses by providing assistance with restoration, maintenance, and printing techniques. The press is named after the gold mining town that was the first county seat of Kern County in the Sierra Nevada above what is now Bakersfield. The town of Havilah was founded by Asbury Harpending, a land speculator, who led the rush to the promising gold deposits on Clear Creek in 1984. Havilah Press operated from 1971-1978 as a publishing and book distribution business in Richardson, Texas. Barbara and Fred Voltmer were honored last year by APHA NorCal and numerous other Bay Area organizations for their dedication and knowledge of letterpress printing. Together they have single-handedly repaired and-or renovated twenty-one different hand printing presses in Northern California.
LOCATION: Havilah Press 4300 Horton Street Unit 4 Emeryville, CA 94608 www.havilahpress.com  

 

SUNDAY EVENING COCKTAIL PARTY:

The day will end with a casual get together at Vanessa Hardy’s house in Berkeley. Guests and members are encouraged to come even if they are not attending other events. 
TIME: 5PM
LOCATION: Please RSVP or Email Vanessa for the address. 

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Mar
6
6:30 PM18:30

MEMBERS SHOW AND TELL

Tuesday, March 6th 2018 6:30PM   
San Francisco Center for the Book                                                     
6:30PM Cocktail hour   /   7:15PM Program   

Please bring any items you would like to share; a new project, an old project, a project in progress, or any interesting book related pieces.

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Annual HBC Holiday Party
Dec
5
6:30 PM18:30

Annual HBC Holiday Party

The Traditional Annual Holiday Party

Once again the fabulous Sally Kaufmann Cowan will host our Holiday Party at her beautiful home in the Marina. Join us for cocktails at 6:30 followed by dinner at 7:30.

Please sign up to bring a Potluck dish to contribute to the menu and a wrapped gift (book-related object, tool, or material under $20) for our White Elephant Gift Exchange.

If your last name begins with the corresponding letter, we ask that you sign-up for a one of the items below.

A-I    An appetizer
J-S   A salad or side dish
T-Z   Dessert

We would also like to encourage new members to attend the Holiday Party as this is a wonderful time to welcome you to our fellowship of the book!

EMAIL HERE TO GET THE ADDRESS

Valet Parking is provided and free but we do ask you please to tip the attendants!

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Burgers, Beers and Book Conversation
Nov
12
3:15 PM15:15

Burgers, Beers and Book Conversation

But wait, that’s not all! When we have finished looking at books at Mills College Special collection with Janic Braun, we are moving on to burgers and beer!

Even if you can’t make it to the talk, please join us at 3:15 pm for food and conversation at:
Drake's Dealership 2325 Broadway Auto Row Oakland, CA 94612
Check out their menu and beer at drinkdrakes.com (Please bring sufficient cash as we will not be able to run separate checks!)

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New Acquisitions and Old Treasures
Nov
12
1:00 PM13:00

New Acquisitions and Old Treasures

  • F. W. Olin Library Mills College 5000 MacArthur Blvd. Oakland CA 94613 (map)
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A Special Presentation of New Acquisitions and Old Treasures
Sunday November 12, 1-2:30 pm

Janice Braun, Library Director and Special Collections Curator of the F.W. Olin Library of Mills College will present a short talk and viewing of some of the unique and outstanding objects from the Mills College book arts collections. This is also an excellent opportunity to see or revisit the HBC Annual Members Exhibition for those who are unable to attend during normal hours. Special Collections, F. W. Olin Library, Mills College 5000 MacArthur Blvd., Oakland, CA

But wait, that’s not all! When we have finished looking at books, we are moving on to burgers and beer!

Even if you can’t make it to the talk, please join us at 3:15 pm for food and conversation at:
Drake's Dealership 2325 Broadway Auto Row Oakland, CA 94612
Check out their menu and beer at drinkdrakes.com (Please bring sufficient cash as we will not be able to run separate checks!)

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HBC Collaboration with SFartsED
Oct
7
11:00 AM11:00

HBC Collaboration with SFartsED

 

Collaboration with SFartsED a
Held at The Minnesota Street Project, 1275 Minnesota St, San Francisco, CA 94107
Saturday, October 7, 11 am – 4 pm

 

This year in an effort to give back to our community at large, the HBC is collaborating with the SFartsEd program to run a Saturday afternoon class on bookbinding for 12 young San Franciscan artists. Founded in 1968 by Ruth Asawa as the SF Arts Education Project, SFartsED’s mission is to introduce art and creativity to children from every sector of the city. We are looking for volunteers to teach and donations of materials from our members to make this event happen.


If you have time on this date or materials to donate, please email us at eventshbc3@gmail.com
For further information on SFartsED, please check their website at http://www.sfartsed.org/

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WORKSHOP: Knife Sharpening
Aug
31
to Sep 1

WORKSHOP: Knife Sharpening

  • San Francisco Center for the Book (map)
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Knife Sharpening with Mark Andersson
$ 350.00
Instructor: Mark Andersson
Workshop Dates: August 31st - September 1st, 2017
Workshop Times: 9:30-5:30
REGISTER & more information

Having the right tools in the proper condition is essential for every bookbinder. With his expertise and guidance, Mark Andersson will help overcome sharpening fears and students will leave this course with the confidence of knowing their can keep their tools in tip-top shape.
This course is a collaboration between Hand Bookbinders of California  and San Francisco Center for the Book.

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WORKSHOP: Hand Tooling
Aug
28
to Aug 30

WORKSHOP: Hand Tooling

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Introduction to Hand Tooling
$ 500.00
Instructor: Mark Andersson
Workshop Dates: August 28th - August 30th
Workshop Times: 9:30-5:30
Sessions: 3

In collaboration with Hand Bookbinders of California, San Francisco Center for the Book presents: Introduction to Hand Tooling with Mark Andersson.

In three days using letters, lines, and flourishes along with various tooling techniques, students will learn what they need to know so they can go home and practice to get successful and consistent finishing results over time. 
Mark will cover techniques for getting gold leaf to stick and students will experiment with applying tooling to a variety of surfaces from paper to cloth and leather developing best-practice methods for each surface. Participants will also gain an understanding of the relationship between how hot tools should be and the necessary pressure that should be applied for each type of tooling they will practice. Tips for design and pattern creation will be shared so students can utilize what they used in class on their own projects at home.

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HBC Members Picnic
Aug
6
11:30 AM11:30

HBC Members Picnic

The HBC Annual Picnic
Sunday, August 6, 2017
11:30 am


Please join us for this fun and delicious event to catch up with members. The Picnic will be held at Toby & Sheila Schwartzburg's again this year. More information will be in the next newsletter...

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Member Meeting and Garage Sale
Apr
30
12:00 PM12:00

Member Meeting and Garage Sale

Hand Bookbinders of California's Annual Garage sale is an excellent place to sell and buy small bookbinding equipment, hand tools and materials. Most years there is a huge variety of decorative papers old and new, bookcloth, leather, and saved repair pieces and papers.

Please arrive early if you'd like to sell items so that you have time to set-up and price your things. The items can be by bid/auction or at a set price. 

Sale will be held at: 12-4pm with set-up at 11:30
San Francisco Center for the Book, 375 Rhode Island, SF CA

Let us know your interested and we'll keep you in the loop on planning and set-up for the afternoon to the email board@handbookbinders.org

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WORKSHOP: Biblio Tech I & II
Apr
24
to Apr 28

WORKSHOP: Biblio Tech I & II

BIBLIO TECH I & II

INSTRUCTOR: Karen Hanmer
CLASS DATES: April 24-28, 2017
LOCATION: San Francisco Center for the Book

Students will create ten (10) small binding structure models. These models will remain unfinished so the sewing and board attachment are visible for future reference. A handout will be provided giving a rough outline of the steps to create the models made in class. Structures include: Tacketing of a thick single signature into a leather wrapper, Crossed Structure, Sewn Boards, Laced-on boards, German Case Binding with double fan adhesive text block, Ethiopian, Medieval, Colonial American Scaleboard, Split-Board, Non-Adhesive Paper Case.

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Member Show and Tell Meeting
Apr
4
7:00 PM19:00

Member Show and Tell Meeting

Hand Bookbinders of California's Annual SHOW & TELL event is an excellent place to get advice and encouragement on your recent bindings. Most years there is a huge variety of ideas, projects and materials. 

The Meeting will be held at San Francisco Center for the Book, 375 Rhode Island at 7pm

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Board Retreat and Planning Meeting
Mar
21
3:00 PM15:00

Board Retreat and Planning Meeting

Board Retreat and Planning Meeting:

March 26th from 1-3pm at Margaret Johnsons House

The members of the board will be meeting to plan the coming year's events. If you wish to particpate and assist with this planning you are welcome to join. Please RSVP to board@handbookbinders.org and we will send you the address and information on details of how you can help. 

 

 

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Celebration of Fred and Barbara Voltmer
Feb
25
6:00 PM18:00

Celebration of Fred and Barbara Voltmer

Saturday February 25, 2017 7 pm

San Francisco Center for the Book
375 Rhode Island St, San Francisco

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Fred and Barbara Voltmer are an institution in the world ofBay Area letterpress printing. With his particular combination of precision, deep knowledge of the craft, and skill, Fred has answered the call to any individual or institution in need of such help. Together they have single-handedly repaired and/or renovated twenty-one di&erent hand printing presses in Northern California. Fred and Barbara have not only donated their time, expertise, and energy — they are unfailingly enthu- siastic about letterpress printing and dedicated to spreading the word. The Voltmers have done this work with the deepest sense of knowledge and generosity to the history and study of letter- press printing. Please join us in celebrating their generosity and showing our appreciation.

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Feb
9
to Feb 10

WORKSHOP: ‘CLIP-ON-COVER BINDING

‘CLIP-ON-COVER BINDING’
INSTRUCTOR: Kathy Abbott
CLASS DATES: Feb. 10 - 11, 2017
CLASS TIME: 9:30AM - 5:30PM
LOCATION: 1890 Bryant Street, San Francisco, CA

You will learn how to make a –  one of the structures devised by Kathy Abbott – on a blank book. This paper-covered binding is fully reversible, uses no adhesive, and is perfect for making at home with limited tools or equipment.  Variations in the basic technique and other materials such as vellum, textiles or leather could be used - the possibilities are endless!

WORKSHOP LINK: http://handbookbinders.org/workshop-registration/abbott2017

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Feb
5
12:00 PM12:00

CODEX BOOK FAIR - HBC Table

The 6th Biennial International Book Fair and Symposium

LOCATION: The Craneway Pavilion, 1414 Harbor Way South, Richmond, CA
PUBLIC BOOK FAIR HOURS:
Sunday, February 5: 12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. 
Monday, February 6: 12:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Tuesday, February 7:  12:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday, February 8:  10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

MORE INFORMATION: http://www.codexfoundation.org/

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Feb
3
7:00 PM19:00

Intertwined: Panel Discussion on Collaboration

GUEST PANELISTS: 
KATHY ABBOTT & TRACY ROWLEDGE OF TOMORROW'S PAST, ALONG WITH
SUE ANDERSON & GWEN HARRISON OF IMPEDIMENT PRESS & WAND’RING BARK STUDIO

DATE: FRIDAY, Feb. 3rd, 2017
TIME: Reception at 6:30pm, Panel discussion from 7 - 9pm
LOCATION: San Francisco Center for the Book, 375 Rhode Island Street, CA 94110

 

Please RSVP to eventshbc3@gmail.com with the subject CODEX so that we have an accurate expectation of guests. 

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Feb
1
to Feb 3

WORKSHOP: Gold Tooling on Paper

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GOLD TOOLING ON PAPER
CLASS DATES: Feb. 1 - Feb, 3rd, 2017  (Wed. Thu. Fri)
CLASS TIME: 9:30AM - 5:30PM
LOCATION: San Francisco Center for the Book, 375 Rhode Island Street, CA 94110

Gold tooling on paper bindings is particularly exciting as it allows you to explore ideas without the financial pressure or time constraints you might feel when binding leather-bound books. Techniques of gold tooling on paper learned in this workshop will be useful in paper decorations as well.

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Jan
29
4:30 PM16:30

HBC Binder's Party

LOCATION: Vanessa Hardy's House
DATE: February 6, 2017
TIME: 6pm - 9pm
LOCATION: 2608 Webster Street, Berkeley

Join your fellow members and visiting CODEX binders for evening of celebration and conversation. Light food and drink will be provided and all members are welcome. Please RSVP to eventshbc3@gmail.com with the subject BINDERS PARTY so that we have an accurate expectation of guests. 

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