Binding & Boxmaking Classes

MCBA offers classes for adults on a wide variety of topics and at all skill levels, from total beginner to seasoned expert. Supply fees cover workshop materials and expendable studio supplies such as solvents, rags, waste disposal, safety supplies and small tools. Sales tax is included in the total.

Adult classes are eligible for credit toward MCBA’s Core Certificate or Advanced Certificate in Book Arts; more information is available on the Certificate Programs page.

Register ONLINE using the buttons below, IN PERSON at The Shop at MCBA, or BY PHONE at 612-215-2520.

Please make every effort to register at least one week in advance of any class. Decisions about whether to cancel a class or add a section are typically made one week prior to the start of the class. If online registration for a class is not available, you may call The Shop at 612-215-2520 to inquire about availability or put your name on a waiting list in case of any cancellations. Our complete registration and cancellation policies are available here.

**This page contains a list of all adult binding and boxmaking classes. Alternatively, visit the following pages for other adult classes:

All Adult Classes
Origami, Calligraphy, & Design Classes
Papermaking & Paper Marbling Classes
Printing Classes

Binding & Boxmaking Classes

D.I.Y. Bindery Tools

D.I.Y. Bindery Tools
with Sue Bjerke
Saturday, September 29; 9am-5pm
Boxmaking experience helpful but not required

Outfit yourself for binding at home! Students will make a collapsible punching cradle, studio weights, press boards, two awls, and a case for binding needles — all essential tools for successful bookmaking.

Certificate: 8 hours, Category D

$130 ($115 members) + $40 supply fee
Certificate enrollees only: early registration rate $100, valid through 9/8/18

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Price: $100.00

Date: September 29, 2018

Dirty Works: Simple Sewn and Folded Books

Dirty Works: Simple Sewn and Folded Books
with Anna Shepard
Friday, October 5; happy half-hour 5:30–6pm; class 6–8pm
Great for beginners

Learn basic materials, tools, and skills involved in the bookbinding process while exploring simple folded and sewn bindings. Experiment with a variety of materials to create soft-cover blank books.

Join MCBA for Dirty Works, a series of casual classes, taking place on the first Friday of each month. Activities are designed for the bookishly curious and the creatively apprehensive; no experience needed.

$35 + $5 supply fee

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Price: $35.00

Date: October 5, 2018

Intermediate Book Repair

Intermediate Book Repair
with Jana Pullman
Sat-Sun, October 6 & 7; 10am-5pm
Intro to Binding (or equivalent) or Beginning Book Repair (or equivalent) required

The cover of a book takes on a lot of wear and tear over time. This course will focus on repairs to cloth covers. We will work with spine reinforcements, rebacking and reattaching loose covers. Bring three books in need of repair to the first class (no leather).

Certificate: 14 hours, Category B or C

$220 ($200 members) + $30 supply fee
Certificate enrollees only: early registration rate $180, valid through 9/15/18

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Price: $180.00

Date: October 6, 2018

Cartonnage: Variations on Box Design

Cartonnage: Variations on Box Design
with Sue Bjerke
Saturday, October 13; 9am-5pm
Cartonnage experience helpful but not required

Modern cartonnage grows out of the long standing French tradition of covering small, unique containers with marbled papers or various decorative materials. Create two boxes with lids, one with curved ends and the other with angled ends, to demonstrate how one basic structure can be developed into a variety of boxes and unique containers. Learn or review the basics of cartonnage design and construction using various boards, measuring, cutting, and applying decorative papers.

Certificate: 8 hours, Category D

$130 ($115 members) + $20 supply fee
Certificate enrollees only: early registration rate $100, valid through 9/22/18

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Price: $115.00

Date: October 13, 2018

Knife Sharpening for Leather Paring

Knife Sharpening for Leather Paring
with Sue Bjerke
Monday, October 15; 6-9pm
All skill levels welcome; Required for Advanced Binding II: Full Leather Binding

A sharp knife is essential for proper leather paring. Learn to set the bevel and hone your leather knife to a finished edge ready to pare leather for bookbinding. Supply fee includes a paring knife and a honing apparatus of abrasive papers which can be used to maintain a fine edge. Scrap leather for testing the knife edge will be provided.
Complete instruction in paring leather for binding will take place in the Advanced Binding I: Half Leather Binding with Jana Pullman.

Certificate: 3 hours, Category D

$55 ($50 members) + $45 supply fee
Certificate enrollees only: early registration rate $45, valid through 9/24/18

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Price: $45.00

Date: October 15, 2018

Little Boxes

Little Boxes
with Jody Williams
Saturday, October 20; 9:30am-5pm & Sunday, October 21; 12-5pm
Great for beginners

Get beyond cute and create small, well-crafted containers to put those tiny things in order. Adapting materials and processes for working small has been the focus of the instructor’s own work for many years. These intricate skills, along with traditional boxmaking techniques, will be used to make four different little boxes out of bookbinders’ board and paper: a cube with a detachable lid, a cigar-style box with a hinged lid, a double match box, and a portfolio box. This course covers material selection, precise measurement, and preparation, as well as ideas for tiny things to put in boxes.

Certificate: 12.5 hours, Category A

$200 ($180 members) + $40 supply fee
Certificate enrollees only: early registration rate $160, valid through 9/29/18

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Price: $160.00

Date: October 20, 2018

Advanced Bookbinding I: Half-Bound Leather

Advanced Bookbinding I: Half-Bound Leather
with Jana Pullman
Mondays: October 22, 29, November 5, 12, 19; 6-9pm
Knife Sharpening for Leather Pairing and Intro to Binding (or equivalent) are required.

This class will introduce using leather in bindings. Students will sew a blank book on sunken cords with a tube spine lining to make a smooth rounded back to this binding. The binding will be finished with a leather covered spine and corners and hand marbled paper. The class will concentrate on the tools and techniques used with leather binding, including sharpening knives, paring leather and adhesives.
Certificate: 15 hours, Category B or C

$240 ($220 members) + $80 supply fee
Certificate enrollees only: early registration rate $200, valid through 10/1/18

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Price: $220.00

Date: October 22, 2018

Introduction to Book Arts (Section A)

Introduction to Book Arts (Section A)
with Laura Brown and Ruby Figueroa
Sat-Sun, October 27 & 28; 9am-4pm

A perfect introduction to book arts! First, get your feet wet (literally!) in the paper studio, exploring the Western tradition of papermaking. Next, use screen printing to layer colors and shapes in a collaborative project. Investigate letterpress as you set type and create prints on the Vandercook press. Finally, bind a selection of your handmade and printed papers together into simple folded and pamphlet-stitched books. With a focus on learning several basic techniques, this class is perfect for experimentation and play across disciplines with a look at the relationship between material and process.

Certificate: 14 hours, Category A

$220 ($200 members) + $50 supply fee
Certificate enrollees only: early registration rate $180, valid through 10/6/18

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Price: $180.00

Date: October 27, 2018

Dirty Works: Accordion Sampler

Dirty Works: Accordion Sampler
with Jill Weese
Friday, November 2; happy half-hour 5:30–6pm; class 6–8pm
Great for beginners

Experiment with a variety of techniques in one beautiful hard cover accordion book. First participants will fold an accordion book, sewn in pages using a western pamphlet stitch, create a hidden page and pop-ups.

Join MCBA for Dirty Works, a series of casual classes, taking place on the first Friday of each month. Activities are designed for the bookishly curious and the creatively apprehensive; no experience needed.

$35 + $5 supply fee

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Price: $35.00

Date: November 2, 2018

Book Arts Seminar

Book Arts Seminar
with Multiple Instructors
Saturday, November 3; 9:30am-4pm
All skill levels welcome

Though designed for those enrolled in the Advanced Certificate program, the Book Arts Seminar may be of interest to anyone looking for a stronger contextual understanding of contemporary book arts. This class combines readings, discussions, and lectures from artists and scholars on a variety of topics ranging from the development of book structures to the nuts and bolts of professional practices. Lectures will be delivered by artists on their areas of expertise.

Certificate: 6.5 hours; fulfills seminar requirement for Advanced Certificate

$100 ($90 members) + $5 supply fee
Certificate enrollees only: early registration rate $80, valid through 10/13/18

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Price: $90.00

Date: November 3, 2018

Japanese-Inspired Visual Journals

Japanese-Inspired Visual Journals
with Sheila Asato
Sat-Sun, November 3 & 4; 10am-4pm

Visual journals are a wonderful tool for getting the creative juices flowing, developing new ideas and exploring materials and methods from other cultures. In this class, you will start by making a Japanese stab-binding journal. Then you learn a variety of ways to use Japanese papers into your visual journal process. These will include chigiri-e (washi paper collage), kiri-e (paper cutting), monkiri (circular patterns) and simple Asian brushwork exercises utilizing watercolor and sumi ink. By the end of the class, you will have a basic understanding of how to use a variety of Japanese materials that you will be able to continue experimenting with on your own long after the class has ended.

Certificate: 12 hours, Category B or D

$195 ($175 members) + $40 supply fee
Certificate enrollees only: early registration rate $180, valid through 10/13/18

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Price: $195.00

Date: November 3, 2018

Crossed-Structure Binding

Crossed-Structure Binding
with Sue Bjerke
Wednesday, November 7; 6–9pm

This softcover binding offers endless combinations for weaving and stitching. Signatures are sewn to the cover making a sturdy journal that opens flat for ease of use. Covers can be cut from the same color paper or from a contrasting sheet creating infinite possible combinations. Elements of design and variation will be discussed as we make a 4x6” journal. This will be a versatile addition to your binding repertoire and makes a unique gift.
Certificate: 3 hours, Category D

$55 ($50 members) + $30 supply fee
Certificate enrollees only: early registration rate $45, valid through 10/17/18

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Price: $55.00

Date: November 7, 2018

Introduction to Book Arts (Section B)

Introduction to Book Arts (Section B)
with Laura Brown and Ruby Figueroa
Wednesdays: November 7, 14, 28, December 5; 6-9pm

A perfect introduction to book arts! First, get your feet wet (literally!) in the paper studio, exploring the Western tradition of papermaking. Next, use screen printing to layer colors and shapes in a collaborative project. Investigate letterpress as you set type and create prints on the Vandercook press. Finally, bind a selection of your handmade and printed papers together into simple folded and pamphlet-stitched books. With a focus on learning several basic techniques, this class is perfect for experimentation and play across disciplines with a look at the relationship between material and process.

Certificate: 12 hours, Category A

$195 ($175 members) + $50 supply fee
Certificate enrollees only: early registration rate $155, valid through 10/17/18

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Price: $155.00

Date: November 7, 2018

Softcover Bindings with Diamond Stitch Patterns

Softcover Bindings with Diamond Stitch Patterns
with Sue Bjerke
Saturday, November 17; 9am-4pm

Learn two decorative binding stitches which have elegant sewing patterns exposed at the spine. The two variations are the Diamond X and the Connected Diamond. This softcover binding can be adapted to any size book for future projects. Both the books are suited for use as journals or letterpress small editions and are a fine addition to your binding repertoire. Binding experience helpful but not required.
Certificate: 7 hours, Category D

$110 ($100 members) + $20 supply fee
Certificate enrollees only: early registration rate $90, valid through 10/27/18

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Price: $110.00

Date: November 17, 2018

Quirky Concertinas

Quirky Concertinas
with Georgia Greeley
Monday, December 3; 6-9pm

Learn about the concertina form by making three different styles of concertina books: a panel book, a door book, and a reversed-window concertina. Each participant will bring home three completed book models. Examples of additional variations on the concertina structure will be discussed as well as ideas for integrating content, both written and visual.

Certificate: 3 hours, Category D

$55 ($50 members) + $25 supply fee
Certificate enrollees only: early registration rate $45, valid through 11/12/18

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Price: $55.00

Date: December 3, 2018