North Wales & North West

North Wales & North West
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Join us at Kelsall for meetings with like minded folks

The North Wales and North West Region of the Society offers tuition via workshops, classes, visits and lectures.

The region has its own shop which is managed by Paul Broadbent, this is available at most of our regular meetings at Kelsall.

Members are charged £10 to attend a meeting and £15 to take part in a workshop. Tea, coffee and biscuits are included, please bring your own lunch.

Book a place on a workshop with Sue Wood.

An additional charge will be made for the cost of materials at workshops.

Meetings will begin at 10.30, please arrive in good time to get your coffe or tea and set up.

The images to the right show examples of pastpapers made with Michael Burke in April and Kathy Abbott’s endbands workshop which took place last year.

Officers

Barry Clark

Chairman

Jill Sellars

Secretary

Jeanne Pennington

Treasurer

Sue Wood

Programme Organiser

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May 2019

Kathy Abbot’s workshop on endbands

18th May 2019 @ 10:30 am - 4:30 pm
Community Centre Kelsall, Chester Road
Kelsall, CW6 0SB
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Hand-sewn end-bands form both a functional and decorative element to many types of bindings. On this one-day workshop, Kathy Abbott will talk about and show different types of endbands.  She will demonstrate how to sew a 'free-style' multi-coloured end-band with matching front bead, before you try it for yourself on your own book. Materials cost: £1 for the cores. Please bring with you: a paperback book or a blank book to practice sewing the endband on, finishing press or equivalent,…

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June 2019

Glenn Malkin’s workshop on crossed structure bindings

8th June 2019 @ 10:30 am - 4:30 pm
Community Centre Kelsall, Chester Road
Kelsall, CW6 0SB
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Participants will make a Crossed Structure Binding, a useful, non-adhesive binding approach developed by Carmenchio Arregui. The text block is sewn directly onto the binding which could  be card (as in this workshop), leather or a number of other materials. There are a whole range of adaptations and versions of this structure so by learning the basics you will be able to experiment with designs and materials to suit your own needs. You will need to bring with you: cutting…

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July 2019

Alan Fitch’s workshop on made endpapers

13th July 2019 @ 10:30 am - 4:30 pm
Community Centre Kelsall, Chester Road
Kelsall, CW6 0SB
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Any structure is only as strong as its weakest point. In bookbinding this inherently centres on the spine and the joints in the spine area. One specific area in the spine is the fold in the endpaper. Traditionally an endpaper has consisted of a folded sheet of paper tipped onto the first and last sections of the book and is therefore only as strong as the sheet of paper. To increase the strength in this area it is necessary to…

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September 2019

Arthur Green’s workshop on non-adhesive paper binding

14th September 2019 @ 10:30 am - 4:30 pm
Community Centre Kelsall, Chester Road
Kelsall, CW6 0SB
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This simple paper structure was devised as a conservation binding for 17th century printed paper pamphlets. The non-adhesive structure provides a robust covering but enables the leaves to be removed easily if needed. It is particularly well suited to slim books where sewing on cords wouldn’t be appropriate, and although devised with conservation in mind, could quite easily be decorated and turned into an artist’s book.  Arthur will provide step-by-step instructions and will discuss the importance of the materials provided.…

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October 2019

Four talks on bookish topics

12th October 2019 @ 10:30 am - 4:30 pm
Community Centre Kelsall, Chester Road
Kelsall, CW6 0SB
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  Stephen Glendenning: How Artists Have Challenged Publishing Conventions. 'The Book: It is perhaps one of the most significant and iconic design objects of western culture.  Working as a conservation bookbinder and while my work is to preserve material culture, I am also aware that western culture evolves and moves forward by a willingness to challenge conventions, question the norms and occasionally break the rules!' This lecture presents the findings of a two year research project that seeks to re-frame our…

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November 2019

Richard Nichols’ workshop on knife sharpening

9th November 2019 @ 10:30 am - 4:30 pm
Community Centre Kelsall, Chester Road
Kelsall, CW6 0SB
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We will examine blade types and characteristics; English and French paring knives, lifting knives, shoe knives, spoke shave blades, scalpels, scissors, needles. We will examine tools for sharpening; diamond blocks, oil stones, water stones, the strop. Each sharpening tool will be demonstrated and tips given on how to achieve the best cutting edge. Participants will have time to practice sharpening their own tools by each method and in addition each person will be given a piece of pre-prepared hacksaw blade…

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December 2019

Christmas lunch

7th December 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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January 2020

Dominic Riley’s workshop on leather inlays

January 11
Community Centre Kelsall, Chester Road
Kelsall, CW6 0SB
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This workshop will introduce you to the intricate world of leather inlays. The wonderful painted inlay was developed in the last twenty years by European bookbinders, and has been adopted with enthusiasm by several UK binders to great effect. A shape of leather is removed from the cover of the bound book, and a second, smaller shape of contrasting leather (which may be textured or tooled) is inlaid into the space. The edges of the gap are painted with acrylic…

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February 2020

North Wales & North West Regional AGM

February 15

Please join us for a review of the region at our Annual General Meeting.  This is a chance to have your say and hear what the committee have been up to behind the scenes. The afternoon session will be informal - a show and tell, or if you have a book or project you would like advice on please bring it along. There is no need to book for this event and as usual the day will be free of…

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March 2020

‘The Ideal Sketchbook’ workshop with Michael Burke

March 14

This structure is modelled on the nineteenth century artists' sketchbooks and journals, similar to the ones used by Wordsworth and Ruskin. It is an honest structure made from good materials, opens beautifully and is very durable. It can be made at home with no equipment, just a few simple tools, and since it is not 'cased-in' requires very little pressing. Working from full sized sheets, we will fold and slit the paper to give a beautiful deckled edge. We will…

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