Master Workshops

Restoration of Leather Bindings with Dominic Riley :: Monday-Friday, June 5-9, 2017 :: 9:30am-5:30pm

This intensive class is for those with some leather experience who would like to learn the fundamentals of the most challenging area of book restoration.

Ethiopian Codex & Travel Case with Michael Burke :: Saturday & Sunday, June 10 & 11, 2017 :: 9:30am-5:30pm

The traditional method of binding books in Ethiopia survived relatively unchanged for over a thousand years. Learn this binding style and leave with a versatile book that lies flat when opened.

Account Book Binding with Dominic Riley :: Monday-Friday, June 12-16, 2017 :: 9:30am-5:30pm

Back by popular demand! This class sold out when Dominic first taught it four years ago. 
This style, known as Ledger Binding, is the quintessential Victorian structure, and about as close to Steampunk as it gets!

Paste Papers Old & New with Michael Burke :: Saturday & Sunday, June 17 & 18, 2017 :: 9:30am-5:30pm

Explore the joys of making your own historically decorated papers, then experiment with contemporary design and inventive techniques.

The Glazier Codex with Michael Burke :: Monday-Friday, June 19-23, 2017 :: 9:30am-5:30pm

The Glazier Codex is one of the most unusual and fascinating of the ancient book structures. With its bone clasps, leather thongs, leather bands over wooden boards and a pattern of shapes which could relate to a dragon,  this book is an exciting addition to your historical repertoire.

Library Style Binding with Dominic Riley :: Saturday & Sunday, June 24 & 25, 2017 :: 9:30am-5:30pm

The Library Style was developed for the British Museum at the end of the nineteenth century by Douglas Cockerell, as a way of binding books which needed to be extremely robust yet could remain pleasing to use and would open well. Take a weekend to learn this sturdy binding structure. 

The Cambridge Panel Binding with Michael Burke :: Monday-Friday, June 26-30, 2017 :: 9:30am-5:30pm

Experience the pleasure of working with beautiful calfskin and learn the fundamentals of decorative blind tooled covers. 

Roman Wax Tablet with Michael Burke :: Saturday & Sunday, July 1 & 2, 2017 :: 9:30am-5:30pm

The Roman wax tablet, or pugillare, is the original Roman PDA. It was used for all sorts of written material of the time, from tax invoices and shopping lists to poetry. Learn to make your own and keep all your shopping lists the old school way.

The Leather Entry Slipcase  with Dominic Riley :: Saturday, July 8, 2017 :: 9:30am-5:30pm

Take a day to learn a sleek and elegant take on the slipcase. This classy box structure allows easy access to books that need housing.

The Ideal Sketchbook with Dominic Riley :: Sunday, July 9, 2017 :: 9:30am-5:30pm

Strong, elegant, and pleasing to use, this binding was the "daybook" of choice for the great Romantic English poets and artists. Learn this lovely structure in a full-day workshop with Master Bristish Bookbinder Dominic Riley.

About the Instructors

Michael Burke

Michael Burke studied bookbinding with Dominic Riley and paper conservation with Karen Zukor. He lives in the Lake District, where he teaches bookbinding. In recent years he has taught and lectured at Society of Bookbinders conferences and seminars, and at Guild of Bookworkers meetings in the USA, as well as teaching tours in Australia, New Zealand and Brazil. Each year he teaches summer school at the San Francisco Center for the Book and across the USA. Michael researches the structures of ancient and medieval bindings, and has a Master Degree in the History of the Book from the University of London.

Dominic Riley 

Dominic Riley is an internationally renowned artist, lecturer, and teacher. He has his bindery in the Lake District, from where he travels across the UK teaching and lecturing. He spends part of the year teaching in San Francisco and across the USA. His work is mostly restoration and Design Binding, for which he has won many prizes in the Designer Bookbinders competitions. He was elected Fellow of DB in 2008. His bindings are in collections worldwide, including the British Library, the Grolier Club in New York, and the San Francisco Public Library. In 2013 he won first prize, the Sir Paul Getty Award, in the International Bookbinding Competition.