Bookbinding Beginners & Improvers - The Case Bound Book - 3-day Residential

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Bookbinding Beginners & Improvers - The Case Bound Book - 3-day Residential

Duration: 3 day

Price: £499

Run by: Jim MacWilliams
at The Grange, Ellesmere

01691 623495

The Grange
Grange Road
SY12 9DE

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About the Course

Thursday 20th - Sunday 23rd September
This course with traditional bookbinder Jim MacWilliams caters for both beginners and improvers.

For Beginners:
An ideal starting point if you’ve never done any bookbinding before or only dabbled in it. Whatever you choose to go on and specialise in, or if you just want to work towards repairing your own books, a basic grounding in the traditional skills of bookbinding will be invaluable. This course will provide you with an introduction to the materials, tools and techniques of bookbinding and will enable you to produce, by the end of the three days, two case-bound books and if time permits simple repairs to a previously damaged cloth case binding. You will learn about the correct use of bookbinding materials, bookbinding tools and the technical processes of bookbinding including sewing, attaching endpapers, glueing, trimming, rounding and backing, case-making and casing-in.

For Improvers:
If you already know how to make a cased book, this course gives you an opportunity to raise your bookbinding skills to new levels of expertise and in the process to discover the joy of working with books. You will explore both the functionality and the magic of different types of case binding and simple repairs.

Tutor details:
Jim MacWilliams' bookbinding career began with book restoration and binding at Edinburgh University, from where, after teacher training, he moved to lecturing in the subject at Oxford College of Technology and then Liverpool College of Art & Design before taking up the post of Head of Print Finishing and Bookbinding at the world famous London College of Printing. From there he moved to teaching at Leeds College of Technology and now enjoys running his own craft bookbinding and restoration workshop.

If booking with a CraftCourses voucher for part or all of the course fee, please fill in the contact form above or telephone us. Your voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.

What's included in the price?

The course takes place in our dedicated on-site teaching bindery, with a maximum of 6 participants, each with their own work station. Learning bookbinding in a bindery is, we feel, essential, so that you familiarise yourself with the tools and the workspace, and you can see all the various materials and equipment, even if you are not using them all. Limiting the group size and having an experienced craft bookbinder, who is also a great teacher, as a tutor, will also ensure that you learn the techniques successfully.

All tools are provided for the weekend. There will be a materials charge of up to £20 for materials used in making your book (which may be increased, with your assent, if you use any special materials).

The price includes full board in our country house, with single en-suite rooms. All meals are home-cooked and when possible, use produce from our own Victorian vegetable garden. Bedrooms are comfortable and spacious, as are the sitting-room, library (with beautiful view over the wildflower meadow) and conservatory. As many of our guests return year on year, we know that they feel very much at home here.

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Course Start Dates

Thursday 20th September 2018

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