[GBW] Leather Rebacking Workshop next week--NYC--space opened

Clare Manias cmanias at yahoo.com
Tue Aug 28 12:06:06 EDT 2007

The NY Chapter of the Guild of Bookworkers is
sponsoring a workshop on leather rebacking next week,
September 6-8 with Guild president James
Reid-Cunningham. Sorry for the last minute posting,
but there is a newly opened spot--if you are
insterested, contact Clare Manias cmanais at yahoo.com

with James Reid-Cunningham
Thursday, Friday and Saturday, September  6-8, 2007
9:00AM-5:00PM., at the New York Academy of Medicine
Sponsored by the NY Chapter of the Guild of Book

Damaged leather bookbindings pose a great challenge to
bookbinders. This workshop will cover traditional
leather rebacking techniques for both tight and hollow
back books. This technique utilizes thinned and
colored leather to repair broken joints and reattach
loose spines and boards.

Topics will include: cleaning and consolidating
leather; lifting the existing spine and along the
spine edge of the board; staining and paring new
leather; covering; re-adhering the original spine; and
final touch-ups. There will be in-depth discussions of
issues relating to different types of leathers, dyes,
surface coatings, consolidants, adhesives, and tools
for lifting and paring.

This class will alternate demonstrations with
benchwork under close supervision. It is aimed at
students with some experience paring leather and
covering in leather. More experienced students and
those with previous training in leather rebacking will
be challenged to explore more advanced topics.

James Reid-Cunningham studied art history at Johns
Hopkins University and Tufts University before
beginning his career in book conservation at Harvard
University. He learned bookbinding with Mark Esser at
the North Bennet Street School in Boston, and is
President of the Guild of Book Workers. Formerly the
Conservator of the Graduate School of Design, Harvard
University, he is currently the Chief Conservator of
the Boston Athenaeum.

Workshop fee:  Members $280, Non-members $340.
Materials fee: $35
Participants should bring leather bound books with
loose or attached boards for experimentation, paring
knives, lifting knife, and standard bookbinding tools
and brushes.

To register or for more information contact Clare
Manias at cmanias at yahoo.com or call (212) 851-5603.=20
Workshop Location: Gladys Brooks Book and Paper
Conservation Laboratory of the New York Academy of
Medicine, 1216 Fifth Avenue, at East 103rd Street,

Clare Manias
cmanias at yahoo.com

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