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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. 

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Classes Listing

Simplified Binding

$ 450.00  - REGISTER NOW THROUGH SFCB

San Francisco Center for the Book presents: A Hand Bookbinders of California Master Class Series

Workshop Fee: $400 for HBC Members* :: $450 for non-HBC members *HBC Members please call Nina Eve Zeininger at 415-565-0545x105 to register and receive their discount.
Date & Time: Monday-Wednesday, April 11-13, 2016 :: 9:30am-5:30pm
Location: 375 Rhode Island St, San Francisco, CA 94103
Note: Please read over the SFCB Registration Policies before signing up for a class


The Simplified Binding is a fun and safe way to do amazing things with book decoration.  Based on the onset board style of binding, this binding decorates the covers before applying them to the book.  This allows for an infinite amount of possibilities with decoration, and gives the binder the ability to be totally satisfied with their cover design before they apply it to the binding.

We will sew a textblock on tapes, using a triple folio end sheet.  Leather end bands will be added and then the spine will be covered with leather.  The covers can be decorated using any material you’d like!  But we’ll talk about the most basic, including wastepapers.

This is a great class for intermediate to advanced bookbinders with some leather binding experience and/or students that have completed Orientation to Leather.

Materials to Bring: Students will need to provide an edge Paring knife of Swiss, English, or French style (preferably Peachey; for guidance in buying an edge paring knife, please contact the instructor or SFCB). Students will have access to SFCB's leather paring machines (such as a brockman or scharfix) to work the small pieces of leather we’ll be using. Other required tools will be sewing needles, awl, small and large scissors, blade knife such as exacto, snap blade or scalpel with additional blades, 12" metric unbacked straight edge, bone or teflon folder, dividers, mechanical pencils, white grease/china markers, small triangle, small & medium adhesive brushes (paste and glue), micro spatula, paper and acrylics for the paste papers, leather pieces 4x12 inches to be finished in class (only one finished pieces is needed but instructor recommends students bring multiple pieces in case of any mistakes made while paring).
REGISTRATION WILL CLOSE 3 DAYS PRIOR TO THE START DATE OF THIS WORKSHOP.

About the Instructor | Mark Andersson - Is a book conservator, bookbinder and instructor. Mark is also President of the Guild of Bookworkers, the national organization for those involved in binding, conservation and all aspects of book arts.
Prior to moving to Tucson, Mark was Department Head and sole instructor in the North Bennet Street School’s bookbinding program for nine years. During that time he taught students from around the world all major aspects of bookbinding from historical models to full leather fine bindings with gold tooling, and all significant aspects of cloth and leather book conservation.


Knife Sharpening

$ 300.00 - REGISTER NOW THROUGH SFCB

Workshop Fee: $275 for HBC Members* :: $300 for non-HBC members
*HBC Members please call Nina Eve Zeininger at 415-565-0545x105 to receive their discount when registering.

Date & Time: Thursday-Friday, April 14-15, 2016 :: 9:30am-5:30pm
Location: 375 Rhode Island St, San Francisco, CA 94103
Note: Please read over the SFCB Registration Policies before signing up for a class

Having the right tools in the proper condition is essential for every bookbinder. This two day course will cover the basics of knife sharpening for edge paring and lifting knives, as well as French points. We’ll talk about the advantages and disadvantages of Japanese water stones and micron sandpapers, and will explore using both those methods in the course.

Sharpening can see a bit scary for some folks, but it’s a necessary skill for binders and with a bit of practice can be done without any anguish or hesitation. With his expertise and guidance, Mark Andersson will help overcome sharpneing fears and students will leave this course with the confidence of knowing their can keep their tools in tip-top shape.

Materials to Bring: Edge Paring Knife of Swiss, English or French style (preferably Peachey; for guidance in buying an edge paring knife, please contact the instructor, waterstones (there are combo stones available if you don’t want to purchase a full set of stones), and some micron sandpapers.  Specifics will be provided upon registration.
REGISTRATION WILL CLOSE 3 DAYS PRIOR TO THE START DATE OF THIS WORKSHOP.

About the Instructor | Mark Andersson -  is a book conservator, bookbinder and instructor. Mark is also President of the Guild of Bookworkers, the national organization for those involved in binding, conservation and all aspects of book arts.

Prior to moving to Tucson, Mark was Department Head and sole instructor in the North Bennet Street School’s bookbinding program for nine years. During that time he taught students from around the world all major aspects of bookbinding from historical models to full leather fine bindings with gold tooling, and all significant aspects of cloth and leather book conservation.

 


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Creativity Meets Efficiency: Decorated Bookcloth Single Sheet Album Binding

SABINA NIES
FEBRUARY 13-14, 2016
10-5PM
1890 BRYANT STREET, SF CA 94110

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This class brings together the playful and efficient, and is aimed to bind together single sheets and to have a little creative fun along the way.

The album-book will open flat, ready to mount art or pictures, or can be used with original artwork. We will work with Tyvek and double sided tape to create the book.

 

 

 


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Basic Book Care and Repair

SOPHIA BOGLE
JANUARY 31, 2016
12-4PM
1890 BRYANT STREET, SF CA 94110

Focuses on ARCHIVAL repairs for case-bound book-cloth books.

Do you have books suffering from unsightly blemishes or loose hinges? Then this is the class foryou! You can improve the quality of your books for re-sale!

We will apply Sophia's Hierarchy of Repairs: Clean, Color, Correct, Paste Protect. Bring your ugliest broken book-cloth books and we will improve both appearance and structure. 

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Leather Book Care and Repair

SOPHIA BOGLE
JANUARY 31, 2016
12-4PM
1890 BRYANT STREET, SF CA 94110

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This class focuses on ARCHIVAL care and repairs for leather books.

Did you know that Conservators no longer recommend using Oily Leather Dressing for leather books? Find out what they do recommend!

We will apply Sophia’s Hierarchy of Repairs: *Protect, Clean, Color, Correct, Paste Protect. Bring your worst, most beat up leather books and we will improve both appearance and structure. You may not get them all done that day but you will have the information to finish them on your own. Only bring hollow back leather books!*



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Single Section Staple Binding Using Stone 

Dates:  November 13 -15, 2015  - SOLD OUT
Location: Coleen Curry’s Bindery,
135 Sunset Way, Muir Beach
Times: 10am-5pm each day
Workshop Fee: $325.00

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This three-day class will explore binding structures using real stone veneer in the techniques created by Sün Evrard. This conservation structure is simple but is executed with a lot of care and attention to detail. Students will create one binding, and if time allows, we will explore uses of the stone as a decorative element for bindings or boxes.  We will decorate the bindings by cutting into the stone and painting with acrylic.  The pamphlet binding is sewn and then attached to the boards using copper wire as secondary sewing.

 

 


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