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Bookbinding, Book Restoration & Paper Marbling Workshops in the Bindery

New workshops to be offered by Colonial Bookbinder: Ramon Townsend! Workshop instructor, Ramon Townsend, studied hand bookbinding in Colonial Williamsburg’s apprenticeship program where it passes on traditional handcrafts. Part of the training was to demonstrate and teach the crafts to visitors. He will use his experience to lead engaging classing in Historic Sugartown’s bookbinding studio.

No Date Paper Marbling Workshops

PAPER MARBLING

Marbling is the art of floating and designing watercolors on a base fluid then permanently transferring the design to paper. It was developed by the Persians in the 15thC. The participants will be instructed in preparing the paper to accept the paint; mixing the colors for marbling; creating the base fluid; floating the colors on the base, then designing them; and transferring the design to paper. The students will take home their finished papers. Marbling students who take the bookbinding course may use their papers for book covers.

Cost per Person: $65/Adult; $50/Child (Ages 8-17). Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Class size is limited to 8 people. Minimum class size of 3 people must be met to run the workshop.

Length of Class: Typical class lasts about 5 hrs

Lunch: We invite participants to bring a lunch to eat during the workshop. We have a refrigerator available if needed.

Please review the Workshop Cancellation Policy before registering.

UPCOMING CLASS DATES

Saturday, June 10, 2017:  9AM – 2PM
Saturday, July 29, 2017:  9AM – 2PM
Sunday, November 5, 2017:  9AM – 2PM

Register & Purchase

 

No Date Scarf Marbling Workshops

BYOB SCARF MARBLING

Create your own marbled scarf in Historic Sugartown’s Bindery! Marbling is the art of floating and designing watercolors on a base fluid then permanently transferring the design to paper. Colonial Williamsburg-trained instructor, Ramon Townsend of ColonialBindery.com, will lead the group through the entire marbling process. Participants will take home their finished scarves. If scarves aren’t your style, make a marbled tie or bandana. This is a BYOB event and participants are invited to bring their favorite drinks and snacks.

Cost per Person: Admission: $40/Adult (21+) Buy More, Save More! Purchase 2 spots for $75! All supplies included. One finished textile per person. Pre-registration is required.

Class size is limited. Minimum class size of 3 people must be met to run the workshop.

Length of Class: This is a 2 hour evening class.

Please review the Workshop Cancellation Policy before registering.

UPCOMING CLASS DATES

Friday, July 14, 2017:  6:30PM – 8:30PM

If you are interested in scheduling a Scarf Marbling Party for a group, please email events@historicsugartown.org or call 610-640-2667.

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2016 Bookbinding Workshops

HAND BOOKBINDING I & II

Level I: Participants will take home a blank book they create in class, using the methods that were employed from about the first century through the mid 19th century. They will hand-sew the book sections (called signatures); secure the hard covers; add a leather or cloth spine, and decorative paper, to the covers; and lay down the endpapers. Participants will also be provided step-by-step written instructions they can take home.

Level II: This is an advanced class only for participants who have taken the introductory Bookbinding I workshop. The students will take home a fully leather bound book. They will learn new techniques that are not taught in the basic course such as Rounding & Backing; Headbanding; and Blind & Gold Tooling the leather.

All materials are included, and tools will be provided.

Cost per Person:
Bookbinding Leve I: $75/Adult
Bookbinding Level II: $100/Adult ($85 if you bring your own pre-approved book).**

Class size is limited to 6 people. Participants must be over the age of 14. Participants under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Minimum class size of 3 people must be met to run the workshop.

Length of Class: Typical class lasts about 5-6 hrs

Lunch: We invite participants to bring a lunch to eat during the workshop. We have a refrigerator available if needed.

Please review the Workshop Cancellation Policy before registering.

UPCOMING CLASS DATES

Level I: Saturday, June 24, 2017: 9AM – 3PM
Level I: Saturday, August 12, 2017: 9AM – 3PM
Level II: Saturday, August 26, 2017: 9AM – 3PM
Level I: Saturday, November 18, 2017: 9AM – 3PM

Register & Purchase – Level I

Register & Purchase – Level II

 

2016 Book Restoration Workshops

BOOK RESTORATION

Participants will be taught basic book repair techniques, and in the process learn about the book’s components and traditional hand bookbinding methods. They will dissect a book and reassemble it. Particpants will deconstruct the book by detaching the covers and spine; removing the sewing; and disassembling the text. They will then reconstruct their book by performing page repair; resewing the text; and rehinging the covers and spine.

The book along with all additional materials are included, and tools will be provided.

Cost per Person: $100/Adult ($85 if you bring your own pre-approved book).**

Class size is limited to 4 people. Participants must be over the age of 18.

Length of Class: Typical class lasts about 6 hrs

Lunch: We invite participants to bring a lunch to eat during the workshop. We have a refrigerator available if needed.

Please review the Workshop Cancellation Policy before registering.

UPCOMING CLASS DATES
Saturday, September 30, 2017: 9AM – 3PM

 
**In order to obtain pre-approval for your book and receive a discount code, please email your name, the class you are interested in attending and the following photos of your book to famccarrick@historicsugartown.org:
1. Front Cover, 2. Spine, 3. Back Cover, 4. Front Inside Hinge, 5. Back Inside Hinge, 6. Pages that need to be reinserted. The approval process only occurs during business hours and may take a few days.