Bookbinding 12 February 2014

On my first teaching day in the lovely new bookbinding studio in Kings X, three students turned up. One did not stay very long as she had other things to do and she hadn’t realised that the workshop would take the whole day. So we ended up being a rather small group! We made a codex binding and the students said afterwards that it was more complex than they had anticipated. Having said that, it was their choice to make it even more complex than I had intended by asking me about headbands! As we had no readymade headbands, I showed them how to make some using a piece of string and a bit of bookcloth. I think we made some pretty nice books!

Signatures ready for sewing
Students sewing books
My two very keen students sewing their books
Gluing the spine
Using a laying press to glue the spine.
The bookblocks with endpapers and glued spines are ready for casing in.
Students admiring their first books.
Look, we even made headbands!
Book, nipping press
A finished book in front of the lovely nipping press.