MASTERCLASS - 18th Century Leather Binding

Asiedu, M. (Participant)

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in workshop, seminar, course


An intensive two day course which will teach full leather binding in the 18th Century style of bookbinding. You will make a leather bound book through a series of progressive steps designed to provide a good working knowledge of traditional bookbinding materials and techniques. Course focus on sewing a multi-sectioned book with raised cords, beating, end papers construction, edge trimming, lacing on boards. You will also learn leather working with a paring knife and spokeshave, and other preparation of leather to cover your book - this includes tool preparation and paring techniques and how to trim the leather accurately. I was aught Edge decoration techniques, headbanding, board attachment and some blind tooling techniques. 
• select and use appropriate materials 
• sew a multi-sectioned binding with raised-cords 
• lace on boards 
• sew multi-coloured endbands 
• pare leather accurately 
• make a complete full leather 18th Century Binding from start to finish.
Event typeWorkshop
LocationUnited Kingdom