Gold Tooling
with Don Glaister


Thursday & Monday 10/5 – 10/9/2023
Full Day


American Academy of Bookbinding


Perfectly executing gold tooling on the surface of leather bindings has been a goal (often elusive) of bookmakers for centuries. Done successfully, gold tooling is magic. Done unsuccessfully, gold tooling…isn’t. This five-day class will introduce students to fundamental techniques and practices that will enable them to successfully transform drawn designs on paper to sparkling gold designs on leather. Students will learn to prepare drawings, cut and handle gold leaf, and do blind and gold tooling. While work in class will be on designs with straight lines, the techniques learned will apply to designs with curved lines as well. No tooling experience is necessary to enroll in this class, though some experience with leather bookbinding is desirable.


This course is taught through the American Academy of Bookbinding by Don Glaister and requires an application for new students or registration for returning students.