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Arthur Green: Repair of cloth-covered adhesive case bindings

7th October 2023 @ 10:00 am - 4:30 pm

Cloth-covered adhesive case bindings have become ubiquitous since the 19th century, all but replacing in-board binding. These books survive in vast numbers, often in need of repair. Arthur will examine these structures, and demonstrate the process of repairing a cloth case binding; he will discuss his choice of materials and explain the advantages of his preferred method of repairing these bindings in the order in which they were initially constructed. The day will include practical exercises where students learn how to tone and laminate Japanese repair papers. 

Materials cost: £15

Please note: participants are encouraged to bring their own books along for assessment and for colour matching, but the day will not allow enough time for them to be treated. 

Tools list: sharp craft-knife, cutting mat approx. 450mm x 600mm, sharp pencil, wide soft goat hair brush for toning (it will get ink on it), glass beaker or ramequins – for colouring, misting water spray, hair dryer, an example of a cloth-covered case binding for discussion and for colour-matching. 


7th October 2023
10:00 am - 4:30 pm
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Sue Wood
07974 709664


Community Centre, Kelsall
Chester Road
Kelsall, CW6 0SB