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Po Box 193216
San Francisco, CA

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. 

Biblio Tech 1 & 2 <br/> April 24-28, 2017

Upcoming Workshop Registration

Workshops are offered several times a year, at various bay area locations, either at teachers' studios or at the San Francisco Center for the Book. Courses are held by nationally recognized instructors with hands-on instruction in fine binding, book structures, paper decorating, equipment maintenance and many other techniques. Open to all those who are interested, some course may have prerequisites. 

SCHOLARSHIPS: As a member organization which includes binders of all levels, we strive to create space for everyone to learn new skills and applications. To apply for a scholarship CLICK HERE and fill out the PDF form. Details of the scholarship are included at the top of the form.  

Biblio Tech 1 & 2
April 24-28, 2017

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Biblio Tech 1 & 2
April 24-28, 2017


Workshop Instructor: Karen Hanmer
Workshop Dates: April 24-28, 2017
Workshop Time: 8:30am - 4:30pm
Workshop Location: San Francisco Center for the Book


This week-long workshop begins with a hands-on lecture on a set of approximately twenty-five models of various historical and modern binding structures, with a focus on methods of board attachment.

Similarities between historical and modern structures will be stressed. A chart giving brief structural descriptions of all the binding models presented will be provided to aid students in continuing their study.

Students will then create ten small binding structure models from the larger set. 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

NOTE: This is a fast-paced workshop for students who have some experience with traditional binding. Students should be comfortable sewing on a variety of supports and have successfully made books on their own outside a workshop setting.

Workshop materials + Workshop Fee: $ 750.00
Workshop materials + HBC Members Workshop Fee: $675.00


*HBC Members please call Nina Eve Zeininger at 415-565-0545 x105 to register and receive the discount. If you are interested in becoming a member of Hand Bookbinders of California (HBC) more information can be found here.

Tools to Bring: 6 inch ruler; strong tweezers or needle nose pliers; sharp 1/4” chisel, or a standard #1 Xacto knife handle and a #17 Lightweight Chiseling Blade; two 1/2 “ glue brushes, at least one of these should be round; sanding block and sandpaper #120 and #240; square with base, Talas #ttb041001, or some device to keep text block square; 6x4" square of non-skid shelf lining; small C-Clamp or quick-grip


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