Bookbinding – The Cambridge Panel Binding on Full Calf Leather

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Course: Bookbinding – The Cambridge Panel Binding on Full Calf Leather
Tutor: Dominic Riley
Start Date: 23rd September 2019
Start Time: Lunch
End Date: 27th September 2019
End Time: Lunch
Res Fee (from): £675.00
Non Res Fee: £453.00 What's included?

Experience the pleasure of working with beautiful calfskin and learn the fundamentals of decorative blind tooled covers. This intensive class will introduce students to this classic English leather binding, which was a popular style throughout the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. The sections will be sewn on raised cords, using the sewing frame. Traditional ‘made’ endpapers will be sewn on, after which the book will be trimmed, rounded and backed. The edges will be sprinkled and polished, two-colour headbands sewn on, and the cords frayed out and laced into boards. The book is covered in a smooth calfskin, and particular attention will be given to careful and accurate paring using the English knife. The leather will be applied to the book, taking care shaping it over the raised bands, forming the headcaps, and making neat, simple corners. The binding will be decorated in the Cambridge Panel style, which first involves sprinkling with leather dye using an ingenious template to create the classic panelled effect. Then, using a few tools and working to a traditional formula, the covers will be enhanced with handsome blind tooling. The endpapers are then put down, and the binding is polished and waxed. Please note there will be an additional charge of £50 towards the costs of general materials payable to the tutor during the course.

Tutor Information

Dominic is a self-employed restorer, designer binder, teacher, writer, lecturer and occasional film-maker. He has worked in London, New York and San Francisco, and is a past president of the Hand Bookbinders of California.
He won both first prizes and the Mansfield Medal in the Designer Bookbinders 2007 competition, and was elected Fellow of DB in 2008. He spends part of the year teaching in the USA with Michael Burke, and has his bindery in the Lake District.

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I had a wonderful afternoon at Dillington House - exactly the sort of audience that authors hope for when speaking about their books. The questions were not only well informed but enabled me to fill in the gaps left by my original talk. I look forward to going back. Lord Hattersley