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    Founded in 1993  |  A School of Excellence in Bookbinding Education

Bound to Possibilities

Bound to Possibilities is the American Academy of Bookbinding’s Alumni Giving Campaign, celebrating 30 years of providing access and opportunity for binders to experience an exceptional education. As students, instructors, and staff alumni, we aim to raise $500,000 to continue creating a sustainable community.

We are bound to each other and the future of bookbinding.

Donate below, or contact Chip Schilling, AAB Managing Director, to learn how to become involved.

Your support, no matter the amount,
testifies to the enduring value of the American Academy of Bookbinding.





30th Anniversary

American Academy of Bookbinding

Telluride – Saturday, September 9th
San Francisco – Friday, September 29th

Contact Chip Schilling for details.




Sol Rébora

Visiting Instructor

This year we are proud to host Sol Rébora from Argentina. Teaching June 26 to July 3rd.
Sol’s innovative techniques and artful aesthetic will inspire all participating in this master class opportunity.

For more information, please visit the summer courses page.




AAB Brochure 2023

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Courses in 2023 will run from Thursday to Monday*

* (with the exception of the fall Introduction to Bookbinding 1 & 2  courses)





Founded in Telluride, Colorado, in 1993 by Tini Miura, Einen Miura, and Daniel Tucker, the American Academy of Bookbinding is an internationally known diploma-oriented bookbinding school where students of all levels have the opportunity to initiate and improve their skills in a generous and supportive learning environment. A program of the Ah Haa School for the Arts, the American Academy of Bookbinding conducts intensive courses in the art of fine leather binding, book repair, paper conservation, book history, and other related subjects. Our goal is to provide a superior bookbinding education and to award professional-level diplomas to those students who develop the knowledge and skills to produce the highest quality of work.

The American Academy of Bookbinding is unique in the United States in its ability to offer a flexible low-residency diploma program in bookbinding, taught by some of the most experienced and highly regarded bookbinders and conservators in the world. Students can progress through the diploma program at a pace that works best for their circumstances, attending classes as often as their busy lives allow. There are also many introductory courses offered, and students may attend some classes with little or no experience. The training that students receive at the American Academy of Bookbinding will provide them with a level of skill and understanding that ensures quality and confidence in their work, whether they are already established professionals or are just getting started in the field.




The American Academy of Bookbinding is a program of the Ah Haa School for the Arts.

Given the right circumstances — great space, instructors, great comrades, and fellow students — one can discover new directions for their art, and I certainly did.

My week at AAB was a total immersion experience. Nothing compares with being surrounded by people who all care passionately about books and bookbinding.