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Traditional Crafts

Hardcover Codex Bookbinding

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Course Overview

Hand-bound hardcover books are not only functional and beautiful, but they hold a certain metaphysical weight beyond that of a mass market paperback. They are created by human hands to pass on human knowledge: maybe a recipe, maybe a personal reflection, maybe just a to do list. No matter what’s in them, hand-bound books bring a certain gravitas to any writing. This course will cover the basic tools, techniques, and design elements involved in the construction of a hardcover book. While some glue is used in this process, this style of hardcover codex bookbinding involves sewing the text block together for added strength. It is then placed inside a hard case. The pacing of the course will allow time for students to explore other types of bookbinding, including slab and accordion binding.  Students will leave the class with at least one finished hardcover book and the knowledge to continue experimenting in the craft of bookbinding.

Required Tools

  • The instructor will provide all tools required.

Optional Tools

  • Bone Folder
  • Exacto Knife
  • Needles
  • Glue brush
  • Cutting Mat
  • Ruler


Fri, Mar 11th, 2022  –  Sun, Mar 13th, 2022

Course Details

Hours: Days 1-2: 9am-5pm; Day 3: 9am-noon
Tuition: $210.00
Materials fee: $65.00

Meet the Instructor

North House Folk School photo of instructor, Sam Gathje
Sam Gathje
Rochester, MN

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