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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. 

WORKSHOP: Hand Tooling

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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!

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WORKSHOP: Hand Tooling


  • San Francisco Center for the Book 375 Rhode Island Street San Francisco, CA, 94103 United States (map)

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.

Earlier Event: August 6
HBC Members Picnic
Later Event: August 31
WORKSHOP: Knife Sharpening