Educational Programs

Workshops in the Book Bindery

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.

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 Tooling the leather.

Mini: This is a abbreviated version of the introductory Bookbinding I workshop. This workshop is designed to allow participants to get a taste of the traditional craft of Bookbinding in a shortened timeframe (3 hours). The abbreviated timeframe also allows participants to learn both Bookbinding and Paper Marbling in one day if they decided to take both mini classes.

All materials are included, and tools will be provided. Level II participants may bring their own book if they get pre-approval.**

Cost per Person:
Bookbinding Leve I: $75/Adult
Bookbinding Level II: $100/Adult
Bookbinding Mini: $50/Adult

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:
Full: Typical class lasts about 5-6 hrs
Mini: Class lasts 3 hrs

Lunch: We invite participants to bring a lunch to eat during the workshop. We have a refrigerator available if needed. Mini workshop participants do not need to bring lunch.

Please review the Workshop Cancellation Policy before registering.

UPCOMING CLASS DATES
Mini: Saturday, February 17, 2018: 1PM – 4PM
Level I: Saturday, March 24, 2018: 9AM – 3PM
Level II: Saturday, April 7, 2018: 9AM – 3PM
Level I: Saturday, April 21, 2018: 9AM – 3PM
Level I: Saturday, June 2, 2018: 9AM – 3PM
Level I: Saturday, July 28, 2018: 9AM – 3PM
Level I: Saturday, August 11, 2018: 9AM – 3PM
Level II: Saturday, September 8, 2018: 9AM – 3PM
Mini: Saturday, October 6, 2018: 1PM – 4PM
Level I: Saturday, November 17, 2018: 9AM – 3PM

Register & Purchase – Level I

Register & Purchase – Level II

Register & Purchase – Mini


 

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.

Mini: This is a abbreviated version of the introductory Paper Marbling workshop. This workshop is designed to allow participants to get a taste of the traditional craft of Paper Marbling in a shortened timeframe (3 hours). The abbreviated timeframe also allows participants to learn both Paper Marbling and Bookbinding in one day if they decided to take both classes.

Themed – Holiday Cards: Send your own handmade holiday cards this year. You will master this unique craft in minutes and then turn your artwork into truly special seasonal cards. ​Participants will be instructed in mixing the colors for marbling; floating the colors on the base, then designing them; and transferring the design to paper. Participants take home finished holiday cards.

Children’s Session: This is a shortened version of our full day marbling class designed specifically for children and adults. Session will run from 10AM to 12PM. Marbling is one of the easiest crafts any child can master- literally in just a few minutes your child will become an accomplished marbler. It’s a mistake-free art, and one of the most creative and beautiful. In this 2 hour class your child will make 10-20 sheets of marbled paper. As we say with marbling “Your imagination is your limitation.”

Cost per Person:
Full & Themed Workshops: $65/Adult; $50/Child (Ages 8-17).
Mini Workshop: $35/Person (Ages 8 – Adult).
Children (Ages 8-17) must be accompanied by an adult. Adult must be present for the entire workshop.
Children’s Session: $35/Child & Adult. Recommended for ages 5 – 12. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Adult must be present for the entire workshop. 1 Additional child may be added for an additional $10.

Class size is limited to 8 people. Mini workshop is limited to 6 people. Children’s Session is limited to 6 Child/Adult pairs. Minimum class size of 3 people must be met to run the workshop.

Length of Class:
Full & Themed: Typical class lasts about 5 hrs
Mini: Class lasts 3 hrs
Children’s Session: Class last 2 hrs

Lunch: We invite participants to bring a lunch to eat during the regular workshop. We have a refrigerator available if needed. Mini workshop participants do not need to bring lunch.

Please review the Workshop Cancellation Policy before registering.

UPCOMING CLASS DATES
Regular: Saturday, March 17, 2018: 9AM – 2PM
Mini: Saturday, February 17, 2018: 9AM – 12PM
Children’s Friday, June 15, 2018: 10AM – 12PM
Mini: Saturday, October 6, 2018: 9AM – 12PM
Themed – Holiday Cards: Saturday, November 3, 2018: 9AM – 2PM

Register & Purchase – Full

Register & Purchase – Mini

Register & Purchase – Children’s Session

Register & Purchase – Themed Holiday Cards

 

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: $50/Adult (21+) Buy More, Save More! Purchase 2 spots for $95! 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 3 hour evening class.

Please review the Workshop Cancellation Policy before registering.

UPCOMING CLASS DATES
Saturday, July 14, 2018: 5:30PM – 8:30PM – Special French Marbling Workshop for Bastille Day!

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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Gilding / Gold Tooling

“Gold, that most precious of metals!” Have you ever seen an old leatherbound or cloth book decorated with gold? If you enjoy reading books, love the look of gold, and enjoy the feel of leather then this is the workshop for you. Using gold leaf, gold foil and Historic Sugartown’s collection of bookbinding finishing tools you will learn traditional methods of designing and decorating leather in gold, the same way fine books were gold-tooled hundreds of years ago.

All materials are included, and tools will be provided.

Cost per Person: $60/Adult

Class size is limited to 6 people. Participants must be over the age of 18.

Length of Class: Typical class lasts about 3 hrs

Please review the Workshop Cancellation Policy before registering.

UPCOMING CLASS DATES
Wednesday, February 7, 2018: 9AM – 12PM
Wednesday, May 9, 2018: 9AM – 12PM
Wednesday, August 8, 2018: 9AM – 12PM
Wednesday, November 7, 2018: 9AM – 12PM

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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. Participants may bring their own book if they first get pre-approval.**

Cost per Person: $100/Adult

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, March 3, 2018: 9AM – 3PM
Tuesday, May 15, 2018: 9AM – 3PM
Saturday, June 30, 2018: 9AM – 3PM
Saturday, October 27, 2018: 9AM – 3PM

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**In order to obtain pre-approval for your book, 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.