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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. 

Dos Rapporté Binding

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.  

Dos Rapporté Binding

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Dos Rapporté Binding

150.00

BENJAMIN ELBEL
SEPTEMBER 17, 2014
SAN FRANCISCO CENTER FOR THE BOOK
375 RHODE ISLAND STREET, SF CA 94103
9am - 5pm
Class Fee: $150 for HBC members, $170 for non-members

The Dos Rapporté Binding (French for hooked-on spine) is a special spine construction which provides the book with a very flat opening as well as an elegant and contemporary character. In this one day workshop you will learn the basics of the structure by completing a full-cloth binding. Basic experience required.

BENJAMIN ELBEL studied art in France before specializing in bookbinding and book conservation at the Centro del Bel Libro in Ascona, Switzerland (the name ‘elbel libro’ is a tribute to this fabulous school). Following that he gained hands-on

experience in various binderies in Germany and England, before setting-up his own studio in London in 2012.

Benjamin is known for his research in the field of book structure. Over the years he has developed unique techniques such as the ‘dos rapporté’, the ‘Shrigley’, the ‘elbum’ (pocket album), the ‘onion skin binding’.

In February 2013, he became a licentiate of Designer Bookbinders, the British society devoted to the craft of fine bookbinding. He is also a member of The Bookbinders Collective (other members include Jo Bird, Mark Cockram, Kate Holland).

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