New Cases for Old Books

with Suzanne Glémot
Tuesdays: December 12 & 19; 5–8pm CT

Learn how to replace the old covers on your commercially bound books with unique handmade cases—also known as hardcover books! Over two virtual sessions, gain an understanding of the attributes that make books good (or not-so-good) candidates for a new case treatment and complete a re-casing project. 

During the first session, instruction will cover tools and materials, textblock evaluations, case-removal techniques, and how to place new endsheets on the book. Participants will then work independently to select a book from their own library or local second-hand bookstore and start preparing it for a new case. During the second session, we’ll build a custom-fitted case, and case the book into its new cover. Participants will come away with a newly refinished book to give as a gift—or to add to their own bookshelves. 

This virtual workshop is designed for those with intermediate to advanced bookbinding skills seeking to expand the scope of structures to which they can apply their knowledge. Participants registering for this workshop should have previous experience making a case binding and be able to source materials and trim their own book board to size. Participants must understand grain direction, be comfortable working with a range of small hand tools, and preferably have experience working with a variety of wet adhesives (paste, PVA, and PVA/methylcellulose mix).

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

$154/participant (10% discount for MCBA members) + $25 materials fee*
$77 for BIPOC/Financial scholarship participants (10% discount for MCBA members) + $25 materials fee*
*Shipping available within the continental US only
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.

What you’ll need to participate
Tech requirements: For this participatory virtual workshop, we recommend joining on a laptop or desktop computer with a camera and microphone, if possible. You will receive step-by-step instructions for downloading Zoom (it’s free!) and accessing the workshop online approximately 2 days before the workshop’s start date.

Materials: You are responsible for sourcing your own materials from the materials list. You are welcome to reach out to teaching artists with questions about materials in advance of the workshop (contact information is listed on the materials list). This workshop also includes a materials kit that the teaching artist will ship to the address provided at registration (paid for by the materials fee*).

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.