Bookbinding 2: Hardcover Book

with Anna Haglin
Saturdays: October 8, 15; 10am–4pm CT

In this in-person workshop, learn how to make a hardcover book. An introduction to basic tools and materials will equip you with the knowledge and skills needed to make this binding again in different sizes and with a variety of materials. Learn how to find the grain direction of book board and how to cut book board and text blocks on MCBA’s guillotine and board shears. Then, learn methods for creating a hardcover case from book board and tips and tricks for attaching the hardcover to pages. 

Participants will need to return to pick up their books on Saturday (10/22), following the last day of the workshop or later in The Shop at MCBA since the books are wet with glue and need to dry while pressed flat for several hours.

Experience folding paper, determining paper grain, and measuring and making square cuts with a knife or paper shear are required in order to enroll. Participation in Bookbinding 1 or equivalent required. 

Please note that binding is a technical process involving threading needles, sewing, and occasional measuring of small increments. All abilities are welcome to participate in whatever ways feel safe and comfortable.

Experience required
Certificate: 12 hours, Category B or C

$265/participant (10% discount for MCBA members) + $55 materials fee
$133 for BIPOC participants (10% discount for MCBA members) + $55 materials fee
We are offering a reduced rate to BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) participants to honor equity and increase access and artistic opportunities for those who have historically been underrepresented in the book arts. For individuals to whom this does not apply, register at the rate listed first and, if you are able, consider making a donation when registering to support MCBA’s efforts to make reduced rates available.

All in-person program participants are required to be vaccinated, have received a booster dose, and wear a mask while in MCBA’s studios. Proof of vaccination must be received three days (72 hours) before the start of the workshop or enrollment is subject to cancellation with a full refund. See our COVID Safety Guidelines for more information.

Please note: Registration closes 10/3 at midnight (CT).