5/2 – 5/6
Introduction to Bookbinding Level 2
with Lang Ingalls


Thursday – Monday 5/2-5/6/2024
Full Day

American Academy of Bookbinding


This course is for students who have taken Introduction to Bookbinding I or for those who have some prior experience with paper, multi-section sewing, and case binding. In this one-week class, the next level of bookbinding is approached with the introduction of the process of bookblock preparation, the principles of a rounded spine, basic top-edge coloring, hand-tied endbands, and basic leather work. The resulting structure is a modified Millimeter Binding.

In this one-week course, students will take a textblock from a book-in-sheets to a finished binding. Beginning with principles of design and harmony of materials, students will work from forwarding techniques through leather paring techniques, which introduce paring knives and the Shärfix leather paring machine. The course also includes a discussion of best practices with tools and materials for the home studio and how best to bring your studio in line with your mastery. Students will return home with a beautiful book made with a leather spine and paper—and the skills to make more!

Prerequisites: Introduction to Bookbinding I or familiarity with multi-signature sewing and case binding.

Materials Fee $100

Registration will be completed via the American Academy of Bookbinding.