The Bradel binding is a version of a case binding used extensively on the continent. However, there appear to be several approaches to its construction including this fabulous one where the spine and boards are applied to the book block separately. This gives the opportunity to incorporate design elements using different materials for the spine and the boards not easily possible on a standard case binding. The workshop will include sewing and rounding an unsupported book block, spine construction and covering the boards before putting the binding together.
Tools list: please bring along your usual tool kit, but the following will be required: finishing press* (ideally with a couple of blocks to raise it off the bench a little), ruler, pencil, craft knife, scissors, PVA and glue brushes, bonefolder, cutting mat, needles, awl.
(* if you don’t have a finishing press, let Sue know when booking as we should be able to find one for you)