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Workshop on spring-back bindings

From: Erin Albritton <erinalbritton<-at->
Date: Monday, January 30, 2012
The New York Chapter of the Guild of Book Workers presents:

The Spring-Back Binding
A Workshop with John DeMerritt
The Gladys Brooks Book and Paper Conservation Lab
New York Academy of Medicine
March 15-17, 2012, 9:30-5:30 pm


For more information or to register, please email

The spring-back binding is a structure originally patented in
Britain in 1799 and used widely in trade binderies of the 19th
century.  Utilizing a molded, rigid spine and a cloth "lever," the
spring-back book, when opened, throws the spine up and causes the
text block to lie flat.   This structure is very suitable for
ledger, account and record books because it's possible to write all
the way into the gutter of the book.  It is also an extremely robust
and durable structure and very much a "trade" technique.

In this three-day workshop, participants will be able to make a
small spring-back binding from start to finish.  We will be
following the German style of construction of the structure. Special
attention will be paid to proper endsheet construction, robust
forwarding, spring-back shaping and molding and covering with
traditional, starch-filled cloth.  Time permitting, we will also
explore alternate cover constructions that allow for a more
contemporary finish.

Anyone with basic bookbinding bench skills should be able to
complete this structure successfully, but it's not a workshop for
beginning binders.

Workshop Fee:
    $325 (GBW members)
    $375 (non-members)

Materials Fee:  $30


    John DeMerritt owns a bookbinding studio in Emeryville, CA that
    focuses on edition binding and boxmaking for fine press printers
    and publishers, galleries and artists.  He began his bookbinding
    career in 1986, working for Klaus Roetzscher in San Francisco
    and later worked at Taurus Bookbindery in Berkeley.  He formed
    his own bookbindery in 1995.

    He is the past President of the Hand Bookbinders of California
    and board member of the Pacific Center for the Book Arts.

    John has taught many workshops over the years for the SF Center
    for the Book, The Kala Institute, The Guild of Book Workers and
    Mills College.

Erin Albritton
GBW New York Chapter Chair

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