Course Provider: Field Studies Council, Flatford Mill
Telephone: 01206 297110
Flatford Mill Field Centre
Course Length: 5 days
5 star rating, 2 reviewers.
2017 course dates:
Monday 4 December - Friday 8 December (5 days)
Tutor: George Davidson
Covering both restoration of existing books and the creation of new bindings, this course is equally suitable for beginners and those with previous experience, since tuition is given according to individual needs.
The course emphasises the traditional skills and techniques of hand binding and helps you develop a deeper insight into this rewarding craft, whose origins go back over 2,000 years.
Cutting tools, presses and other binding equipment and materials are all available for what is one of the very few residential bookbinding courses offered in the UK each year.
Please expect to reimburse the tutor for the card, coverings and other materials you use, which will depend on the number of projects you undertake in the week.
George Davidson is a retired teacher who currently teaches the craft to adults in Bedford and at other residential centres. He has an HND in bookbinding, has taught bookbinding for several years and is a member of the Society of Bookbinders. George has led many successful workshops at Flatford.
Overview of the course
Of all man’s enduring artefacts the bound book is surely one of the most enlightening, useful and pleasing. Its present accepted form and structure results from 2,000 years of evolution, which has imposed craft disciplines unknown to the reader but a source of fascination to the enquiring book lover. This workshop will introduce you to the foundations of good hand binding and repair, dwelling on the important ‘why’ as well as the ‘how’. Although essentially a practical course, the exploration of underlying objectives in fine work will be covered in our discussions.
Whether you are completely new to bookbinding or already have some experience, we suggest that you bring along a selection of possible projects on which to work during the course. Advice will then be given as to the most suitable items to attempt. Possible examples are:
- making plain paper books
- loose material suitable for binding
- bound books in need of repair (If in any doubt about an item bring it along for consideration!)
You can expect to receive instruction in various stages of producing a bound book:
- making up book sections
- preparation for and the technique of sewing
- making up endpapers and their attachment
- cutting the book with the use of plough and press
- rounding and backing the spine with the use of lying press
- cutting, making and attaching the cover
- slip cases and boxes
The aim is for everyone to leave on Friday with several finished items. If you would like to discuss the course content or a particular project further you may ring the tutor direct on 01480 213349.
What's included in the price?
The price quoted is for the 5 day version of this course and includes accommodation in your own room at Flatford Mill. Please enquire about the fees for shared room occupancy as well as non-residential rates (tuition only).
The residential options include full board accommodation including a cooked breakfast, picnic lunch, homemade cakes and an evening meal. Vegetarian and other dietary options are available
All students have use of resources including library, workrooms, studios and the Centre grounds, plus centre-organised transport during the course. Tea and coffee making facilities are available throughout the day and there is up to 8 hours of teaching time a day, with breaks for meals and refreshments.
Fees are exclusive of materials which will be available from the tutor at cost price, usually £10-£20.
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