Quarter Style Hard Cover Book Class

This class will be held on Friday, August 3rd, from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm and Saturday,  August 4th, from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm at the National Library Bindery Co., 55 South State Avenue, Suite 100, Indianapolis IN, 46201.

Featuring custom – designed decorative papers by the talented students of the University of Indianapolis Printmaking Class!

This class is always lots of fun and you will learn a great deal about the structure of a book. The instructor, Joseph Cox is one of the owners of National Library Bindery Company and has over 30 years experience as a bookbinder. He will also be assisted by an apprentice at the bindery.

The interesting thing about this class is the uniqueness of the printed sides. The printing was done by the Printmaking Class at the University of Indianapolis. Various forms of letterpress printing were used to create a limited edition of prints. This will add yet another artistic dimension to your book.

This is an introductory workshop in which participants will learn how to bind a sewn, hard cover book. Participants will start with flat sheets of paper and will learn to fold them into signatures, sew the signatures together in a thru-fold style to create a book block. You will then learn the technique of rounding and backing the book block for its hard cover. The next step is to cut the inlay board and cover boards. You will choose a bookcloth for the spine from a selection of colors and the sides of the quarter binding from a selection of printed papers. You will set type for a title of your choice which will be cast on a typecasting machine. With this you will stamp the title on the spine cloth in a colored foil. You will make the book cover using the stamped spine cloth, learning to create a joint and turn-in the edges. The printed paper sides will then be attached where you will learn to make cut corners on the fore edge turn-in. To complete the book, you will case-in the book block to its cover. You will now have a complete hard cover book that you have created from scratch!

Cost: $150.00. All supplies included. Call 317 636-5606 or email for more information.

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