DB/SoB Joint Weekend Workshops




How to Gold Tool an Image

Oxford Pulp Board Binding

Cased-in Drum Leaf Binding

Full Leather Reback

Moveable Book Magic

Stub Binding


Oxford Pulp Board Binding

Tutor: Arthur Green
Dates: 17-18 November 2018
Times: 10.00am - 5.00pm
Venue: Hanley Swan, Worcester
Fee: GBP175.00 (plus materials payable on the day)

The transition from wooden to paper-based boards towards the end of the 16th century marks a significant development in English bookbinding history. Pulp boards were thinner, lighter and better suited to the new fashion for gold tooling; importantly, they were also much cheaper, helping to maintain pace with increased demand for smaller and cheaper printed books. Those attending this workshop will make a facsimile based on an early 17th century Oxford pulp board binding. This workshop will focus on typical structural features including: stub endleaves with printed waste; tawed thong supports laced onto pulp boards; edges trimmed in-boards and coloured; hand-worked indigo endbands; and a plain leather covering with blind tooling. This will be a busy hands-on workshop, but also aims to provide an insight into the transitions happening within bookbinding in the early modern period.

Suitable for those with some bookbinding experience.

Arthur Green is an independent Book Conservator with particular interest in the history of the book. After five years working as a bookbinder he graduated with distinction from a Post Graduate Diploma in Conservation at Camberwell College of Arts in 2008. Following internships at The Leather Conservation Centre and The British Library Arthur worked for the Oxford Conservation Consortium; he then spent over five years working at the University of Oxford’s Bodleian Library. Arthur has published on bookbinding and conservation and started teaching in 2012. In 2016 he established his own conservation studio in Oxfordshire.

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