Visiting Instructors

Historic Book Sewing Sampler with Anne Covell :: Saturday, March 17, 2018 :: 9:30am-5:30pm

From Coptic and Greek to Carolingian and Romanesque, learn to sew over a dozen historic binding styles on a single book in this one-day workshop with visiting instructor Anne Covell.

The Medieval Girdle Book with Karen Hanmer :: Monday-Thursday, April 23-26, 2018 :: 9:30am-5:30pm

Considered Medieval bling, the girdle book is an historic binding structure featuring a long extension of leather which could be attached to a traveler’s belt. Learn the ins-and-outs of this early binding structure in this 4-day workshop.

The Ideal Sketchbook with Michael Burke :: Saturday, July 7, 2018 :: 9:30am-5:30pm

The Ideal Sketchbook is modeled on the those used by Wordsworth and Ruskin as they wandered the Lake District to draw and write. Strong, elegant, and pleasing to use, it was the 'daybook' of choice for all the great Romantic poets and artists.

Michael and Dominic’s most popular class is back!


Presentation Album with Michael Burke :: Sunday, July 8, 2018 :: 9:30am-5:30pm

A great class for beginners, this album can also be made on the kitchen table with a few tools. This is a great book structure for artists and photographers who want to display their work in a beautiful, hand-made book.

Traditional Full Leather Binding with Dominic Riley :: Monday-Friday, July 9-13, 2018 :: 9:30am-5:30pm

Victorian Luxury! This class is a must for anyone wanting to advance their leather bookbinding skills.

Library Style Binding with Michael Burke :: Saturday & Sunday, July 14 & 15, 2018 :: 9:30am-5:30pm

Learn how to restore your dictionaries, encyclopedias and cook books with this extremely robust binding. A perfect class for bookbinders of all levels.

Gold Tooling Intensive with Dominic Riley :: Monday-Friday, July 16-20, 2018 :: 9:30am-5:30pm

A new offering from bookbinder extraordinaire, Dominic Riley, this class combines several tooling techniques into a five-day extravaganza of traditional and creative approaches.

Repairing Leather Bindings with Japanese Tissue Paper with Dominic Riley :: Saturday & Sunday, July 28 & 29, 2018 :: 9:30am-5:30pm

Discover the miraculous properties of Japanese paper as a material for repairing leather bindings.

Millimeter Binding Intensive with Michael Burke :: Monday-Friday, July 30-August 3, 2018 :: 9:30am-5:30pm

Scandinavian Elegance! Discover the beauty of the Danish Millimeter Binding, and spend five days exploring this classic style and its variations. This class is highly recommended as an introduction to bookbinding with leather.

Deocrating Book Edges with Dominic Riley :: Saturday & Sunday, August 4 & 5, 2018 :: 9:30am-5:30pm

Enhance the beauty of your hand bound books! This workshop introduces you to a host of attractive colored edges.

Byzantine Bookbinding with Michael Burke :: Monday-Friday, August 6-10, 2018 :: 9:30am-5:30pm

This binding originated in Constantinople and throughout history the binding endured. The essential elements of Byzantine bindings, such as a flexible spine, wooden boards and blind stamped leather are still very much in use today. In this workshop we will make a typical example of this fascinating structure.

The Deluxe Box with Dominic Riley :: Saturday & Sunday, August 11 & 12, 2018 :: 9:30am-5:30pm

Boxmaking and leatherwork combine in this superb luxury box! Whether it is used to house a fine binding, cherished ephemera or suites of prints, this is the ideal box for the job, and a very good class for those looking to work with leather and gold.

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 Masters degree in the History of the Book from the University of London.

Anne Covell

Anne Covell is a visual artist and hand papermaker. She received her MFA in Book Arts from the University of Iowa Center for the Book where she was the recipient of the Iowa Arts Fellowship. She has studied Asian and Western papermaking techniques with Timothy Barrett and has taught courses in bookbinding, papermaking, and natural dyeing for the University of Iowa Center for the Book and the University of Georgia study abroad program in Cortona, Italy. Her work has been exhibited internationally and can be seen in a growing number of special collections libraries and museums worldwide. Currently, she resides in San Diego, California where she prints limited edition artist books under the imprint Sin Nombre Press, and is also investigating Asian papermaking and cover-making techniques for use in conservation and book arts.

Karen Hanmer

Karen Hanmer’s artist-made books are physical manifestations of personal essays intertwining history, culture, politics, science and technology. She utilizes both traditional and contemporary book structures, and the work is often playful in content or format.

Hanmer is winner of the Jury Prize for Binding in the 2009 Helen Warren DeGolyer American Bookbinding Competition. One of only nine graduates of the American Academy of Bookbinding’s Fine Binding program, Hanmer has studied with many notable fine binders. She holds a degree in Economics from Northwestern University. See more of her work on her website at:

Dominic Riley

Dominic Riley is an internationally renowned bookbinder, 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 competition. 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. Dominic is President of the Society of Bookbinders.