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WORKSHOP: BLIND TOOLING AND PANEL DESIGN (Saturday, June 17, 2000. Ann Arbor, MI)


This workshop will explore two parts of traditional tooling and design.
Blind tooling indents and darkens a leather cover, giving an understated,
elegant effect. Traditional panel design can be built up from guidelines
boned directly on the cover, without a paper pattern.

A steel or brass creaser (not a roll) will be used to line-in a double
panel. A creaser slides in the guideline like a bobsled in a run, setting,
darkening, and polishing the lines and running more by touch than by
sight. The corner tools and ornaments are struck in the frames made with
the creaser, designing directly on the leather while tooling; finally
smaller ornaments are added to fill empty space and intensify the design.

Before 1800, the sequential elaboration of designs based on these
techniques was used to produce anything from mass-production single panels
to the most elaborate overall gold tooling.

A short field trip to the University Library's Special Collections Library
on the morning of the workshop will enable participants to view samples of
historical bindings decorated with blind tooling.

Students will bring two plaquettes and some tools.

Instructor: Tom Conroy

Date: Saturday, June 17, 2000
Location: Conservation Lab, University Library, University of Michigan,
Ann Arbor, MI
Limit: 12 participants. Sign-up by May 15, 2000
Cost: $80 ($70 members of the Midwest Chapter, Guild of BookWorkers). Make
checks payable to: Guild of BookWorkers

Contact: Shannon Zachary, Conservation Services, 837 Greene St., Ann
Arbor, MI 48104; 734/763-6980; fax 734/763-7886; szachary@umich.edu.

Shannon Zachary

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