AAB Spring



May 2-13, 2022 | DON GLAISTER | $1750

This entry-level fine leather binding course is required for the Fine Binding and the Integrated Studies Diploma Programs. This course is also an intermediate course for continuing Fine Binding students. Over two weeks, students will learn and understand traditional bookbinding techniques interpreted for the twenty-first century.

The focus of the course will be on learning and reinforcing sound leather bookbinding techniques with particular emphasis on aesthetic choices available to the modern binder. All students will complete at least one full leather book in the course. At all stages of the course, students will be exposed to design options (some minor, some major) that directly inform the look and feel of the finished binding. They may also be introduced to simple decorative techniques such as embossing and other surface treatments as time allows.

Students will learn binding techniques necessary to make a laced-on, leather-covered board structure. They will also be acquainted with techniques needed in future fine binding and specialty courses at the Academy. Students will become familiar with hand sewing using a sewing frame, rounding and backing, and weaving headbands, as well as leather paring and applying leather to their books. This is the 4th and final course of the four core courses that advance students’ skills toward becoming competent and knowledgeable bookbinders.

Prerequisites: Introduction to Bookbinding Level 1 & 2, or equivalent experience in basic leather paring.

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May 16-20, 2022 | DON GLAISTER | $925     ** This course is canceled**

As makers of fine bindings, we spend weeks, months, and sometimes even years working on a particular binding. After the leather is polished, the gold is burnished, and the last details have been taken care of, then what? The binding needs a unique, friendly, safe place to spend the next few hundred years. That’s where a protective box comes in.

In this course, students will learn to make simple and not so simple cloth-covered clamshell boxes for books or other similarly sized objects. While most books are square or rectangular, some are irregular in shape and require custom-fitted enclosures. Such projects will also be addressed in this course. Students will be instructed to build neat, well-fitting, durable boxes for their unique books. They will be taught to measure accurately, cut with precision, and think creatively about their projects, finishing in refined style the binding projects that have consumed so much time and energy.

Prerequisites: Fundamentals and intermediate fine binding or equivalent experience working with cloth and adhesives.


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May 30-June3, 2022 | LANG INGALLS  | $925.    ** This course is now FULL.  Now taking names on the waiting list.**

If you have never taken a bookbinding course before, this is the course for you. This is a one-week course devoted to the fundamental building blocks of bookbinding; it is an introduction to the binding of books into paper and cloth covers.

Starting at the very beginning, students will learn about paper grain, cutting and folding, gathering and sewing a signature, and producing a Pamphlet Binding. From there, they will expand to multi-signature sewing and Case Binding. Introduction to the essential tools of the trade will be covered. Students will learn techniques and habits to prepare them to progress to the next level. They will also have acquired the skills to practice and explore bookbinding at home. The marvels of paper, the details of sewing, the characteristics of an attractive book cover, and more are taught in this course. This course is the 1st AAB core course for students interested in becoming bookbinders.

Prerequisites: This course is open to students with little or no prior bookbinding experience.


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June 6-10, 2022 | LANG INGALLS  | $925         ** This course is now FULL.  Now taking names on the waiting list.**

This course is for students who have taken Level 1 and are ready to develop further and explore materials. Students will work with a text block, making the Millimeter Binding structure. The course will cover the importance of design, the process of book block preparation, the principles of a rounded spine, basic leatherwork, and hand-sewn endbands. There will be a review of board cutting basics, book squares, and the use of adhesives. Introduction to the Schärfix paring machine and a review of best practices with tools will be covered. The elegance of leather, considerations of spine swell, design materiality, and harmony are taught in this course. This course is the 2nd AAB core course for students interested in becoming bookbinders. This course is required for students ready to advance their skills and prepare for the Fundamentals of Half and Full-Leather Binding courses at AAB.

Prerequisites: Introduction to Bookbinding – Level 1 or equivalent experience, including competence in sewing multi-section books and understanding end sheet variations.


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