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Our ninth Education & Training Seminar will be held from Thursday 30th August to Saturday 1st September at the University of Chester, a modern, comfortable and extremely compact campus. In addition to the lectures, there will be an evening of informal demonstrations, a Suppliers’ Fair and a fund-raising auction.
(www.chester.ac.uk).

SPEAKERS

  • Dieter Räder
    Machine Edge Gilding

  • Dominic Riley
    The Deluxe Box

  • Philippa Räder
    Victorian Letter Folders in the Royal Archives

  • Alan Fitch
    Tips, Wrinkles & a Little Controversy

  • Ann Tomalak
    Paper Repairs for Non-Conservators (and when to leave well alone)

  • Arthur Green
    Springback Bindings

  • Paul Broadbent
    Bookbinding on the Edge

  • Thomas Schmitz
    Vellum Binding


The Seminar will start on Thursday night beginning with the AGM, followed by Dinner and the Promenade. Delegates will be able to see all of the lectures/demonstrations for the day(s) booked

All the lectures will be projected onto large screens so that close-up work can be clearly seen.

Accommodation is in new ensuite single study bedrooms. Delegates will not have to walk long distances on campus as all facilities are in close proximity.

PROGRAMME

Thursday Evening

  • National AGM (SoB members only)
  • Promenade: informal ‘show-and-tell’ events

Friday Morning

  • Dieter Räder
    Machine Edge Gilding
    Successful hand gilding requires intensive training and years of practice. Machine gilding, on the other hand, can be learned quite easily and, with practice, produce very handsome results. Dieter has been using a hand-held edge gilding roll for some years, making many mistakes along the way before becoming good enough for the book edges to look acceptable. In his presentation, he will show how to gild using both the Harcourt and Kevin Moore rolls, emphasizing the best approaches for producing consistent, solid results. The preparatory steps are very important: sanding the edges, preparing and applying the size, and the careful positioning of the foil in place. Finally, he will show the correct way to use the roll so that perfect results are achieved.

  • Dominic Riley
    The Deluxe Box
    The Deluxe Box is the last word in housing for fine books, with its rounded leather spine, raised bands and gold tooling. It is made from two trays, covered in bookcloth in the normal fashion. This is followed by the case, which has a spine made from shaped balsa wood strengthened with wraps of paper. Strong cotton is used to attach the parts of the case together before covering. False raised bands are attached to the spine, and then the leather is pared and attached. The case is completed with a cloth liner on the inside, and finally, the two trays are attached to the case. The leather can then be tooled with gold across the raised bands, and a title label added.

Friday Afternoon

  • Philippa Räder
    Victorian Letter Folders in the Royal Archives
    The heart of the Royal Archives in Windsor Castle is the Muniment Room, the upper part of the medieval great hall. It contains personal correspondence to Queen Victoria from prime ministers and officials. Letters were contemporaneously set into letter books but as these hindered retrieval of individual papers, the contents were early on cut out and the bindings repurposed into peculiar three-flap folders to maintain the look of ‘proper’ books on the shelf. Philippa has carried out extensive conservation-restoration of these bindings and researched the construction of later copies but not yet seen anything similar elsewhere. Her demonstration will show how to recreate one of these surprisingly elegant and functional folders to safely store your documents in high Victorian style.

  • Alan Fitch
    Tips, Wrinkles & a Little Controversy
    Over the years most bookbinders accumulate tips which make the binding or repair of a book that little bit easier and also develop ways of ironing out those little wrinkles that seem to make the job a bit more daunting. In his presentation Alan will address such questions as: why are sewing threads graded as they are?; is it wrong to use Kraft wrapping paper on the structure of a book?; how do you ‘age’ a new endband so that it blends in? Whether it’s the easy way to thread a needle, or how to get a perfect corner every time, Alan will demonstrate why as bookbinders we should never stop learning.

Friday Evening

  • Auction
    Please bring contributions!

Saturday Morning

  • Ann Tomalak
    Paper Repairs for Non-Conservators (and when to leave well alone)
    Rebinding older books, whether second-hand purchases or family treasures, is common practice for binders. Many of these books are printed on poor quality lignin papers, show the signs of frequent use, or have been stored in poor conditions, all of which can cause damage to the text-block. In her presentation, aimed at binders without any conservation training, Ann will demonstrate simple paper repair techniques that can be done with basic tools and equipment. She will look at how to choose the correct repair materials, to minimise further deterioration. Most importantly, she’ll discuss the factors that influence the decision to leave the damage as it is, call in a professional conservator, or have a go at repairing it.

  • Arthur Green
    Springback Bindings
    In 1799 John Joseph Williamson patented a new method of binding which later became known as the springback. This robust style of stationery binding dominated in Britain during the 19th and the first half of the 20th century. However, with the demise of commercial stationery binding and traditional bookbinding courses, many bookbinders and conservators are now not familiar with this unique structure. Leaving aside the covering and decorative vellum lacing, Arthur will discuss the principle forwarding techniques, from sewing the text-block to making and fitting the spring. He will share his experience of how springback bindings are made, concentrating on the mechanical function of the book and appropriate choice of materials.

Saturday Afternoon

  • Paul Broadbent
    Bookbinding on the Edge

    All bookbinders need to deal with book edges, and this usually involves trimming them, whether they are to be gilded, sprinkled, painted, marbled or left with no additional decoration. In his presentation, Paul will demonstrate and discuss the various methods and techniques that can be used to achieve good results, showing that expensive and bulky equipment is not always required to trim well. He will cover the issues that must be taken into account when working on edges, including paper types, paper grain and dealing with swelling. Finally, he will demonstrate some less well known techniques for decorating edges. In other words, all you ever wanted to know about bookbinding on the edge!

  • Thomas Schmitz
    Vellum Binding

    Vellum binding is one of the most enduring of bookbinding structures and the material itself extremely long-lasting. Working with vellum successfully depends on an understanding of the material, how it differs from leather during covering, and how it behaves once it is on the book. In his presentation Thomas will address these important questions. He will give an insight into vellum manufacture and talk about where it is still made today. He’ll discuss the challenges faced when dealing with this often temperamental material: the best techniques, adhesives and tools to use; how best to measure and cut it, the correct approach to gold tooling on vellum, and, last but not least, how to make the historically interesting transparent vellum binding.

In addition to our speakers…

SUPPLIERS' FAIR
Companies offering materials, tools and other equipment for bookbinding and related crafts will be an attraction to delegates. Tea and coffee will be served each day in the Suppliers’ Fair.

Chester is linked directly to the national motorway system via the M53. London and all the major regions of the UK are easily accessible from the City (Sat Nav: CH1 4BJ).

It has frequent fast rail links to London and major cities in the UK and regular National Express Coach services. Manchester airport is 30 miles and Liverpool airport 25 miles from Chester.

Full Delegate from Thursday:

•  Members: £300
•  Non-members: £320

Full Delegate from Friday am: 

•  Members: £260
•  Non-members: £280

Day Delegate (Friday):

•  Members: £100
•  Non-members: £120

Day Delegate (Saturday):

•  Members: £100
•  Non-members: £120

Dinner for day delegates (Friday):

•  £15.75

REGISTER BY POST
If you prefer not to register online (see below) you can download a booking form here and return it to us by post.

ONLINE REGISTRATION
You can register for the Seminar below. Payment is via PayPal but you do not need a PayPal account as all major credit cards are accepted.

Please ensure that you have read and understand all the information in the Pricing section (see tab above) before starting the registration process. SoB members will need to know their Membership Number.

When registration is complete, you will receive confirmation of your payment from PayPal. We will then contact you to get further information regarding your personal preferences and requirements.

If you have any questions about your registration, please email the Seminar Organisers.

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GORDON CUMMING BURSARIES
Gordon Cumming, who is very sadly missed, was one of the founder members who set up the Seminar. His family very generously offered all Gordon’s equipment to the Society and some of the proceeds are being used to offer three full bursaries in his memory for next year’s Seminar. 

The Seminar will be held at the Royal Agricultural University, Cirencester from the 26th – 28th June 2014. Bursary holders will be expected to assist with the running of the Seminar but will see all the lectures and demonstrations.

Applications should be sent via email or by post to Claire Redfern at 21 Moat Way, Goring-by Sea, West Sussex BN12 4DR.