Anne Canright: A contemporary take on a medieval closure
I find the history of bookbinding fascinating.
Before we had book board and paper we had wonderful, non-production
materials. Metal corners and clasps were designed to adorn, protect and preserve
the written word. Of course our artistic side wasn't content with just
"protection," we had to show our skills, ingenuity and individuality!
This class is steeped in history and includes
discussions about and photos of historic books, physical models,
demonstrations and a lot of hands-on work. You can expect to leave class
with several complete pieces, depending on your speed and skill level.
Book furnishing collection in silver,
brass and enamel, some historic models, most are contemporary
Let's grab our pliers and blow torches and
get medieval on your books!
Many Carolingian, Romanesque, Gothic and later books were made with metal
furniture to protect them, and fastenings to keep them closed. Whether you
are binding in wood or in book board (or even in metal), learn the basic
fabrication skills you need to make brass and copper bosses, clasps, corners, front-pieces
and other historic furniture.
The techniques you learn will transfer
beautifully to contemporary books as well as to jewelry-making.
Closures modeled on a French set on a book
made in 1180
This class is exclusive; taught only by Christine Cox in Volcano, CA.
A class can be really wide ranging. Come to my studio in
beautiful Northern California, play
with my toys, make art, meet like-minded students and expect anything!
Bloodwood, sterling and onyx
(special materials not included in class price)
Book Jewels: Fastenings and Furnishings for Bookbinders
Instructor: Christine Cox
April 27 - May 1, 2017
9AM to 4PM
(includes lunches and materials, within reason)
All levels, though experience will serve you well
To make inquiries
sign up, email us
Everything for all
projects is supplied by the instructor.
Completely unique and unavailable anywhere but at the
Volcano Arts Studio.
A certain amount of hand-strength
is required in any metal fabricating you do.
4 bosses with soldered pins, cold-connected frontpiece.
Brass and nickel silver mounted on wood.
Each student will receive an excellent booklet with history and
learn a lot and to love it!
You will learn to how to design, saw, file and finish your own book
hardware. Once you are comfortable with your skills you'll progress to
etching, patinating and soldering. Make your own corners, hinges, bosses and
clasps, and then learn how to attach them to your book covers.
We will cover safety and materials handling, metallurgy, basic chemistry and
how all of this fits into our historical timeline.
We encourage you to bring any of your own materials or books you'd like to
practice with, but we furnish everything you need to etch, fabricate,