Edge Gilding
with Peter Geraty


Thursday – Monday 11/16 – 11/20/2023
Full Day


American Academy of Bookbinding


The secret to good edge gilding is technique and practice… It isn’t as painful as you might think! In this class students will be guided to explore and accomplish several types of edge treatments including solid edge gilding, rough edge gilding and gilding in the rough (what’s the difference? come find out!), colored and decorated edges, gauffered edges and maybe even some foredge painting. Additional techniques will include multicolored edges with gold and/or palladium flakes, sponged, tooled and painted edges.

Over the course of the week students will have the opportunity to experiment with these techniques but emphasis will be placed on solid edge gilding as that is the most intimidating process, requiring repetition to achieve success and confidence. Students will leave this class with the knowledge to invent and configure their own style.


No prior bookbinding skills are necessary although a knowledge of tools and materials is helpful.


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