5/23 – 6/3
Fundamentals of Full-Leather Binding
with Don Glaister


Thursday – Monday 5/23-6/3/2024
Full Day

American Academy of Bookbinding


This core course is a foundation for the Fine Binding and Comprehensive Binding programs. Over two weeks, students will complete at least one full-leather book using traditional bookbinding techniques interpreted for the 21st century.

Students will become familiar with hand sewing using a sewing frame, rounding and backing, preparing top edges for decoration, weaving headbands, leather paring, chamfering, and applying leather to their books. At all stages of the class, students will be exposed to design options (some minor, some major) that directly inform the look and feel of the finished binding. They will also be introduced to simple decorative techniques such as raised and recessed boards and freehand tooling.

The class will focus on learning and reinforcing sound leather bookbinding practices, particularly forwarding. Students will leave prepared to continue their studies in the diploma program and in other elective and design courses at the Academy.

Prerequisites: Introduction to Bookbinding Level 2 or equivalent experience (must be familiar with multi-signature sewing and case binding; some experience working with leather preferred).

This course is required for all diploma students. Note for Diploma Students: This course can be repeated for intermediate students. Intermediate students in the course will have the opportunity to work more independently than first-time students and are encouraged to hone their skills and practice additional decorative techniques.

Materials fee $150

Registration will be completed via the American Academy of Bookbinding.