Workshops & talks

Upcoming events…

Arthur has been teaching since 2012 and has lectured for organisations including the Society of Bookbinders, West Dean College, and the Institute of Conservation. Workshops at Green’s Books are in small groups and give step-by-step tuition in various bookbinding and conservation techniques. Unless otherwise stated workshops are held at the studio near Malvern, and run from 9:30am to 4:30pm. Tea/coffee, handouts and materials are included in the fee unless otherwise specified. Also listed here are various upcoming workshops/talks/lectures Arthur is giving for other institutions.

To check availability and for booking please email: arthur@greensbooks.co.uk

Cancellation policy: notice of over one week prior to the event = 100% refund, up to one week before = 90% refund, and up to 24 hours before = 50% refund. Alternatively places will be rescheduled where ever possible, subject to availability, and at the discretion Green’s Books.


Springback leather binding – leather covering.

Society of Bookbinders Seminar, 30th Aug – 1st Sept 2018, Chester UK.  Arthur will be speaking about the principle forwarding techniques of springback bindings, from sewing the text-block to making and fitting the spring. He will share his experience of how springback are made, concentrating on the mechanical function of the book and appropriate choice of materials.

http://www.societyofbookbinders.com/events/seminar/index.html


Springback binding

Springback binding, 10th – 14th Sept 2018 (5 days), £475.  Patented in 1799 by John & Joseph Williams the springback soon became a popular style of stationery binding because of its robust covers and ability to open flat. They survive in vast numbers in our libraries and archives, however few are familiar with how they are bound. On this five day course you will learn all of the operations that go into making this unique binding, from folding sheets and sewing the text-block, to making the spring and lever, and then on to the split-boards and finally covering. With step-by-step guidance this workshop is suitable for all abilities.

Arthur has published a number of articles on the subject: see http://www.greensbooks.co.uk/publications/ 


Non-adhesive, paper binding

Non-adhesive Paper Binding, 6th Oct 2018,  A workshop for The Southern Book Crafts Club, in Winchester. This simple paper structure was devised as a conservation binding for 17th century printed paper pamphlets. The non-adhesive structure provides a robust covering but enables the leaves to be removed easily if needed. It is particularly well suited to slim books where sewing on cords wouldn’t be appropriate, and although devised with conservation in mind, could quite easily be decorated and turned into an artist’s book.  Arthur will provide step-by-step instructions and will discuss the importance of the materials provided. The workshop is suitable for all abilities.

Please contact SBC for booking: http://www.sbookc.org.uk


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Leather paring

Leather paring without the blood, sweat and tears, 20th Oct 2018, £95.  Leather paring is a discipline which often intimidates and can take many years to master but with a systematic approach this need not be the case. This one-day hands-on workshop will introduce safe and effective working methods for paring bookbinding leathers by hand. The course will cover edge-paring, working with a spoke-shave, and thinning down leather with a Scharffix. The course also includes some basic tool selection, maintenance and sharpening. Suitable for beginners and those with basic experience.


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Leather paring

Leather paring without the blood, sweat and tears, 21st Oct 2018, £95.  Leather paring is a discipline which often intimidates and can take many years to master but with a systematic approach this need not be the case. This one-day hands-on workshop will introduce safe and effective working methods for paring bookbinding leathers by hand. The course will cover edge-paring, working with a spoke-shave, and thinning down leather with a Scharffix. The course also includes some basic tool selection, maintenance and sharpening. Suitable for beginners and those with basic experience.


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Introduction to bookbinding, 27th Oct 2018, £95.  A fun and informative day which will introduce the subject of bookbinding; including tools & materials, terminology and a bit of the history too. You’ll make a simple single-section binding and have a go at hand printing a label. Suitable for all levels with no prior experience required.


 

Sewing on tawed thongs

Oxford paste board binding, 17th-18th Nov 2018, This workshop is part of a series of workshops run jointly by the Designer bookbinders and the Society of Bookbinders. The transition from wooden to paper-based boards towards the end of the 16th century marks a significant development in English bookbinding history. Pulp boards were thinner, lighter and better suited to the new fashion for gold tooling; importantly, they were also much cheaper, helping to maintain pace with increased demand for smaller and cheaper printed books. Those attending this workshop will make a facsimile based on an early 17th century Oxford pulp board binding. This workshop will focus on typical structural features including: stub endleaves with printed waste; tawed thong supports laced onto pulp boards; edges trimmed in-boards and coloured; hand-worked indigo endbands; and a plain leather covering with blind tooling. This will be a busy hands-on workshop, but also aims to provide an insight into the transitions happening within bookbinding in the early modern period.

Although this workshop will be hosted at Green’s Books studio, for booking please contact: http://www.societyofbookbinders.com/education/joint_workshops/index.html


Parchment repair

Parchment Repair, 19th Jan 2019, £100 (+£25 materials fee).  Aimed at professional and student book and paper conservators, it is a practical day looking at conservation techniques used to repair parchment. The workshop will concentrate on parchment repairs using new repair-parchment and gelatine based adhesives. The day will include the selection and preparation of repair-parchment and the preparation of two adhesives: warm liquid gelatine and a cold gelatine mousse. Some practical techniques used to apply repairs will also be covered.

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