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Book Restoration For Beginners - two-day course

Book Restoration For Beginners - two-day course

Course Provider: Assington Mill

Contact Name: Anne Holden

Telephone: 01787 229955

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Assington Mill
CO10 5LZ

Course Length: Two days (10-4.30)

Price: £230

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Course Start Dates
Saturday 21st October 2017


Book Restoration For Beginners
Tutor: Stephen Cook
Do you have any old books that you would love to have mended? Here is an opportunity to learn how to repair them yourself on a weekend course. The tutor will be Stephen Cook.

Course outline:

This weekend session is aimed at the novice bookbinder. No previous experience will be assumed. The day will cover simple repair projects: replacing end-papers, re-backing books (where the original spine has separated from the book), repairing worn corners, re-casing books in new cloth covered boards, simple gilt decoration. Students should bring a selection of repair projects with them. These can be discussed with the tutor who will advise which project(s) are suitable for the day's work. Everyone should complete 1 or 2 projects in the time allowed. It is NOT recommended that anyone bring leather book repair projects to this course.

Hand tools and most materials are included, though a small additional charge may be required if more expensive 'specialist' materials are used. It is strongly advised that notebooks and digital cameras are used to record the different stages of work.

Please note: Bookbinding involves the use of extremely sharp blades and sometimes very hot equipment. Students are responsible for working safely.

Because you will need careful attention there are only six places available, so do book early.

What to Bring;
Scalpels - No.11 blade and No.
12" steel ruler, flat
Notebook & pen
Digital camera for recording the stages of the work.

Assington Mill is a 70 acre organic farm in a beautiful secluded hidden valley in Suffolk. We aim to provide a friendly and welcoming atmosphere, where you will enjoy the experience of spending time with like-minded people and learning something new and life-enriching. Around fifty-five different short courses in rural and traditional craft skills are run here each year.

We aim to provide healthy meals during our courses made from locally-sourced organic ingredients, where possible. Lunches usually consist of soup and salads. Almost all the ingredients, if they are not grown here, come from Assington Farmshop, and are organic if possible. Cakes and biscuits are also home-made. We specialise in gluten-free food and are happy to cater for any other dietary requirements if you give us notice on the booking form.

Accommodation is available at many BnBs in the area (please see the list on our website) or you could stay in Mill Cottage on site. Alternatively, Camping is also possible at Assington Mill for £5 per night, anywhere on the farm. There is a toilet and shower available in a wet room; plus a kitchen with two hobs and urn. We are not a proper camp site; this is just a facility for people coming on the courses.

Assington Mill is half a mile from the nearest bus stop or 3 miles from Bures train station if you wish to travel by public transport.

To book please click through (link above) find your course and book online.

What's included in the price?

A lovely organic home made lunch, plus cakes and biscuits. To book please click through (above) find your course (in date order) and book online.

For more information about accommodation and food please see above. There may be a charge according to the cost of the materials you use.

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