Bookbinding 3: Rounding, Backing, and Sewing Endbands

with Anna Haglin
Thursdays: March 2 & 9; 6–9pm CT

Most hardcover books with spines thicker than 3/4” should be rounded and backed. Participants must arrive with a text block that they have already sewn on tapes or cords. Together, we’ll glue up text blocks and use hammers and finishing presses to round the spines. Then, we’ll hand-sew silk head and foot bands around a leather core and construct spine hollows which helps a rounded text block lay open. This workshop does not include the full case-making process, but participants will have access to the board shears should they wish to prep materials for their own cases during the workshop. Participants can expect to leave with rounded, backed, and forwarded text blocks that are ready to case in. 

Past participation in Bookbinding 1: Sewn and Folded Books and Bookbinding 2: Hardcover Book prepares participants for success in this workshop. Equivalent skills needed to enroll include experience determining paper grain and folding paper, measuring and making square cuts of paper and book board using a paper shear and guillotine, sewing a text block, and making a hardcover book. 

Participants are welcome to register for Cutting Equipment Lab to cut paper and board in advance of the workshop and Bookbinding Lab if you’d like to prepare your text block in MCBA’s bindery in community with other makers!

Experience required
Certificate: 6 hours, Category B, C, or D

$130/participant (10% discount for MCBA members) + $25 materials fee
$65 for scholarship participants (10% discount for MCBA members) + $25 materials fee
MCBA offers two scholarship types for workshops—Financial Hardship Scholarships and BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) Scholarships—to honor equity and increase access and artistic opportunities for those who have historically been underrepresented in the book arts. For individuals to whom these scholarships do not apply, register at the “Adult” rate and, if you are able, consider making a donation when registering to support MCBA’s efforts to make scholarships available.

Masks are strongly recommended for program participants working close to others in MCBA’s studios. See our COVID Safety Guidelines for more information.

This workshop is full. Add your name to the wait list and you’ll be contacted if space becomes available or another section of the workshop is scheduled.