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Tutorials & Reference
Guild of Book Workers
Dictionaries and Encyclopedias: Now
their own section on the "Reference" page.
Looking for an attractive textblock to bind, consider downloading my
translation of Ernst Collin's Der Pressbengel (as The Bone
Folder). It's all laid out in PDF to print double-sided for binding
in signatures (5 signatures of 16 pages each). Click
here to download, and for more go to the Pressbengel
- Art, Books, and
Creativity: Tutorials on a variety of styles including accordion,
flagbook, tunnel books, and pop-ups.
- Atelier für Papierdesign
Peter Baumgartner: Numerous videos in German and English on binding
structures, boxes, and more.
- Basic Paper Treatments
for Printed Book Materials: By Peter Verheyen (Published in the
Guild of BookWorkers Journal, Spring 1991).
- Board Book Tutorial:
Tutorial for creating a board book structure like those used on Children's
book. By Ellen Golla of Paper Chipmunk.
enabled description of the parts of a (German) case binding, but works
for almost all other kinds as well. Thank you to Peter
Baumgartner for letting me use his illustration and script.
- Book Care and
Repair Resources: List of linked resources provided by the Tippecanoe
County Public Library.
Conservation Catalog: The Book Conservation Catalog is a publication
of the Book and Paper Group of the American Institute for Conservation
of Historic and Artistic Works. The Book Conservation Catalog is published
as a convenience for the members of the Book and Paper Group. Publication
does not endorse nor recommend any treatments, methods, or techniques
- Bookbinding and the Conservation
of Books: A Dictionary of Descriptive Terminology. At CoOL (Conservation
Online). Digital version of print edition from HathiTrust
- view from US-based IP addresses only.
- Bookbinding, a Tutorial,
Douglas W. Jones, University of Iowa.
- Bookbinding Texts Online:
Classical texts describing the craft of bookbinding and related arts
from LostCrafts. Texts include:
- The Art of Bookbinding, Joseph W. Zaehnsdorf, London
1897 (3rd ed.).
- The Binding of Books: An Essay in the History of Gold-Tooled
Bindings. Hebert P. Horne. London, 1894.
- Bookbinding and the Care of Books, A Handbook for Amateurs
Bookbinders & Librarians. Douglas Cockerell with Drawings
by Noel Rooke and other Illustrations. New York 1902.
- Bookbinding for Beginners. Florence O. Bean. School Arts
Publishing Company, 1914.
- And more...
tutorials in French and English: Videos by Gilbert Saint-Jean, Montreal,
Types: A "reference guide" to different binding structures
with links to tutorials.
- Booklyn Education
Manual: Lots of downloadable tutorials for one sheet, accordion,
pamphlet, stab-sewn/Japanese, Coptic and more.
- Book Support Cradle:
Instructions by Tara O'Brien for making a folding book support cradle
for reading and displaying books at gentle angles.
- Boxes for
the Protection of Books: A revised & updated version of the
previous 1981 volume, Boxes for the Protection of Rare Books: Their
Design and Construction by Lage Carlson, Margaret R. Brown, Library
of Congress Preservation Directorate. Designed to meet the needs of
book conservators, museum technicians, & curators in libraries &
archives who require a practical method for the construction of protective
boxes, which provide a safe method for storing, handling, & transporting
library materials. Protective boxing affords a non-invasive, cost effective,
& archivally sound way of dealing with large numbers of items or
entire collections. Covers: simple housings; phased boxes; portfolios;
double-tray clam shell box; book box with portfolio smaller/larger than
the book. Digital made available by HathiTrust - view from US-based
IP addresses only.
- Braintan.com: Natural Tanning
and Leather Resources.
- Case Binding:
Nicely done tutorial for a variant of the Bradel/German case binding.
- Chinese Bookbinding:
Descriptions of Chinese binding styles, with illustrations, from the
Dunhuang collection of the British Library.
Another set of instructions for making a book in the Coptic style.
a 2-sided booklet in InDesign: These are directions to create a
small booklet in InDesign.
- Crossed Binding Structure:
An innovative long-stitch structure developed by Carmencho Arregui .
- Cutting Jig: I built this simple cutting
jig long before I had a Kuttrimmer and it continues to serve me well.
Advantages are low cost and the ability to cut materials "square."
Rapporté’ Structures: From the "spine made off
the book and hooked on," an innovative sewn book structure developed
by Benjamin Elbel that functions like the "sewn boards" or
"drum leaf" structure. From The New Bookbinder, Vol.
32, 2012. Many of these ideas were integrated into his "Tue-mouche"
binding structure tutorial.
- Double-Guard Binding:
Structure useful of photo albums and scrapbooks. Allows book to open
flat. By Betty Storz.
Box: Instructions from the Preservation Department at Indiana University.
Part of their treatment
Box: Instructions from the Conservation Lab of the Syracuse University
Library. Designed for use by work- study students.
- Drumleaf Binding: Developed by Tim Ely
a la Bradel: Extensive bradel binding tutorial in Spanish by Carlos
Gilding: Solid and rough gilding of book edges in this Tutorial
by Peter Geraty. Very good instructions.
models and information on tying historic endbands.
The following endpapers are examples of several endpapers currently
in use for different purposes. These endpapers were by Linda Blaser
and compiled from a class on endpaper construction taught by Donald
Etherington and Christopher Clarkson in September 1973. Part of the
Case Binding Revisited: In England a case binding is essentially
the same thing as a traditional structure: the text-block is rounded
and backed at a 90 degree angle and the cover consists of two boards
and a spine stiffener, with small gaps in between as no French groove
is required. Industrial bookbinding has accustomed us to French grooves,
so much so that the absence of the latter makes a book look less ordinary.
By Benjamin Elbel
Basics: The better way to do adhesive bindings. By Pete Jerman.
Gebrochene Rücken: A variation of the German case (Bradel) binding.
This article by Peter Verheyen orginally appeared in a festschrift honoring
Hedi Kyle and her work that was published by Rutherford Witthus in conjunction
with the Hybrid Book Conference in Philadelphia, June 4-6, 2009.
- German Case (Bradel) Binding Tutorial:
Step-by-step instructions for this binding technique. This article by
Peter Verheyen was published in Skin Deep, Volume 22 - Fall
Stiffened Paper Bindings: Known as broschuren and steifbroschuren
in German, these brochures, pamphlets, and other related bindings have
long been a part of the German bookbinding tradition. These can range
from single section pamphlets with simple wrappers to adhesive bound
or sewn textblocks in wrappers, to hard cover variants. In all cases
the common thread is providing the texts with a simple yet functional
binding that may or may not be intended to be permanent.
Leaf Tooling: Excellent description of workshop with Jamie Kampf
by Easter Kibby.
for the conservation of leather and parchment bookbindings. From
the Royal Dutch Library.
- Handvergolden in der Buchbinderei, im Lederwaren- und Galanteriefach:
Self-published by Kuno März in 1917. Insights and practical instruction
in the art of gold tooling and finishing.
- Hazardous Substances Data
Bank: From the National Library of Medicine. Searchable database
- Historic bookbinding models from the
Conservation Lab of the University of Iowa Library.
- How to Make a Simple
- Making a Small Notebook or Sketchbook:
Handy origami fold them yourself Instructions for a small book using
an unsupported link stitch. By Adrienne Allen.
- How to Make a Tunnel Book:
A tutorial by Edward Hutchins.
- iBookbinding: Free book
binding resources and tutorials. Feel free to browse through instructional
posts, watch our collection of video tutorials or find your local bookbinders
in our directory.
- Laser Printed Labels: Tips and tricks on
creating laser printed labels for books and boxes.
Binding: Flexible Strength, the adhesive quarter-joint binding.
By Pete Jermann. See
- The Magic Box: Fun folded box-binding
by Edward Hutchins.
Pour la Reliure et la Réparation des Livres Destinés à
la Conservation à Long Terme: EXCELLENT manual for book repair
and conservation from the Bibliothèque Cantonale et Universitaire
- Lausanne. Organized by type of problem and binding style. In French
with very clear illustrations describing the techiques.
- Medieval Manuscript Manual: This
manual was created in the course of various cultural heritage-projects
at the Department of Medieval Studies at Central European University,
Budapest. It should offer basic information on the topic Medieval Manuscripts
to be comprehended and utilized also by non-specialists in the field.
It might be applied as general background knowledge, teaching module,
and distance learning unit.
- Medieval and
Renaissance Book Production: Part of the On-line Reference Book
for Medieval Studies.
Binding: Judith Hoffman's instructions for making a simple metal
Binding / Edelpappband: Step-by-step instructions for this very
elegant and refined German case binding structure.. By Peter Verheyen.
Paper Spine: Instructions for the use of heavy handmade paper such
as Iowa's PC4 as a substitute for leather in rebacking, including over
raised cords. Instructions from the Conservation Lab of the Syracuse
Architecture: Describes a papercraft form which combines the careful
folding of origami, the detailed cutting of scherenschnitte, and the
precise paper engineering of pop-ups.
- Pamphlet Stitch: Three- and
five-Hole pamphlet stitch.
- Paper sizing:
An explanation of the DIN series (non US, rest of the world standard).
- Paper Specification
Standards: U.S. Government Printing Office publication describing
the specifications for a wide range of papers and boards in use in the
printing and binding industries.
Box: Simple folded and taped enclosure, most used for brittle materials,
but easily adaptable. Instructions from the Conservation Lab of the
Syracuse University Library. Designed for use by work- study students.
- Hugo Peller's
Pop-up Box: Instructions for making a combination slip-case with
dropspine box that makes the book "pop-up." Instructions and diagrams
by Jack Fitterer.
- Portfolio with 3 soft flaps.
By Peter Verheyen.
Google Books (and other PDFs) in signatures for sewn bindings. By
- Procedures and Treatments
Used for Book Repair and Pamphlet Binding: From the University of
Binding: Instruction for making a double-fan, adhesive bound, version
of this style. By Peter Jerman. See
Instructions from the Conservation Lab of the Syracuse University Library.
Designed for use by work- study students.
- Repair of original cloth case
bindings using Japanese paper: By Don Etherington.
- Repair of broken leather joints
using Japanese paper: By Don Etherington.
Belgian Binding: Great description by Erin Fletcher of this binding
style that was "rediscovered" by Hedi Kyle. In Spanish here.
A Guide to Swell by Jeff Peachey.
Board Binding: Designed by Gary Frost, takes advantage of the sewing
and board attachment features of the earliest form of the codex but
has a final form that is more in-line with a modern case binding.
- Skin Deep: A
quarterly newsletter published by J. Hewit & Sons, Ltd.
- Slipcase: Schematic for a simple "ten-minute"
slipcase suitable for smaller books.
and Chemise: Monique Lallier's
presentation on the making of these from the 2002 Guild of Book Workers
Standards of Excellence Seminar in Minneapolis, MN.
Bindings in a Hard Cover: An Alternative to Rebinding: By William
- Springback (Account/Ledger Book) Binding
- The Springback: Instructions
in the English tradition for a binding designed for account, ledger,
and guest books. By Peter Verheyen.
- The Springback: Instructions in the
German tradition for a binding designed for account, ledger, and
guest books. By Peter Verheyen and Donia Conn.
- Standing Press: Instructions for
making your own standing press. By Perry Nigro.
- The Starbook:
Dea Fischer's tutorials for folded books, concertinas with pockets and
flags, and various sewn structures.
- Structure Outline for Book Description
Documentation by Robert Espinosa.
Spine Conservation Binding Structure: Similar in concept to the
Paper Spine, this treatment is intended for materials in the collection
printed before 1800 in which the text block is less than 1cm thick.
Instructions from the Conservation Lab of the Syracuse University Library.
- This to That: "Because people
have a need to glue things to other things." Some of the suggestions
are out there, but a great starting point.
- Three Basic Book Repair Procedures:
By Carole Dyal and Pete Merrill-Oldham. Instructions for three simple,
non-invasive repair techniques as demonstrated at ALA in 1998.
signatures without use of boardshear, plough, or guillotine. By
Over Boards: Binding of books into parchment over stiff boards in
this tutorial by Peter Geraty.
On Boards: Description of a case structure with step-by-step instructions
for covering in vellum that greatly reduces board warping. By Peter
- "Man, I am impressed. I covered the case last week when it
was raining, redid the fore-edge turnins (don't ask) and the boards
are still dead flat after sitting out for the past couple of days.
I think I'm gonna be using more vellum in the future. Thanks for
sharing the method." The Boss Dog.
and Interlocking Book Structures from the Janus, Steiner and Gefn Presses
by Claire Van Vliet and Elizabeth Steiner, 2002.