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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

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...

WORKSHOP: Hand Tooling
Aug
28
Aug 30

WORKSHOP: Hand Tooling

  • San Francisco Center for the Book

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.

WORKSHOP: Knife Sharpening
Aug
31
Sep 1

WORKSHOP: Knife Sharpening

  • San Francisco Center for the Book

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.

Sep
10
1:00 pm13:00

HBC45 Exhibition Reception

Exhibition Reception Location: 
Special Collections
F. W. Olin Library 
Mills College 5000 MacArthur Blvd. 
Oakland CA 94613
tel: 510-430-2047

Reception will take place from 1pm - 4pm on September 10th, 2017

Each year the HBC sponsors an Annual Members’ Exhibition open for viewing to the general public.  All members in good standing -- whether they be amateur or professional, beginner or expert -- are welcome to enter their work.

The artworks displayed reflect the varied interests of our diverse membership and can include design bindings, fine press, artist’s books, calligraphy, conservation, box-making, historical structures, and paper decoration.  A full color catalog is also published to accompany the exhibition.  

 


Member Meeting and Garage Sale
Apr
30
12:00 pm12:00

Member Meeting and Garage Sale

  • San Francisco Center for the Book

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

WORKSHOP: Biblio Tech I & II
Apr
24
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.

Member Show and Tell Meeting
Apr
4
7:00 pm19:00

Member Show and Tell Meeting

  • San Francisco Center for the book

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

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. 

 

 

No Meeting - March 7th
Mar
7
5:30 pm17:30

No Meeting - March 7th

There will not be a Member Meeting for March. Please save the date for April 3rd for our annual Garage sale and meeting. 

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

rsvp by February 23

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.

Feb
9
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

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/

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. 

Feb
1
Feb 3

WORKSHOP: Gold Tooling on Paper

See workshops for more information...

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.

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. 

Oct
4
7:00 pm19:00

HBC Monthly Meeting

  • San Francisco Center for the Book

MEETING AGENDA/TOPIC:
LOCATION: San Francisco Center for the Book, 375 Rhode Island Street, SF CA 94103
MEETING LENGTH: 7pm - 8pm

 

Sep
5
7:00 pm19:00

HBC Month Meeting - Kickoff Dinner

Each year we "Kick-Off" the calendar year of programs with a dinner. It gives members a chance to catch up and get acquainted with one another. We encourage you to attend and meet new members as well as reconnect with old friends. 


MEETING AGENDA/TOPIC:
LOCATION:
MEETING LENGTH: 7pm - 9pm