Monday, October 25, 2010

Flag Books: Interplay of Image and Text with Karen Hanmer

Nov 20-21 2010, 9-4 p.m.
Woodruff Library, Emory University, Decatur GASponsored by The Southeast Guild of Book Works and Emory University$135 tuition
Enrollment total: 15. This workshop is appropriate for adults of all skill levels.

In this two day workshop, students will make two different styles of flag book. The foundation of Hedi Kyle's deceptively small and simple "flag book" structure is an accordion folded spine. Flaps attached to both sides of each of the spine’s “mountain” folds allow the artist to fragment and layer a number of complementary or contrasting images and narratives. When the flag book spine is pulled fully open, the fragmented images on the flaps come together to create a large, panoramic image. This transformation is accompanied by a delightful flapping sound. The spine and covers provide opportunities for additional imagery.
The class will discuss the effects of different spine and page dimensions, direction of motion, and which images will be most successful for different book styles. Students will learn a tidy, non-adhesive method of covering boards and use a jig to facilitate quicker, more precise assembly. Students will experiment with complementary and contrasting text and images. While this is not a computer class, digital printing and setting up Photoshop templates for pages, covers and spines will be demonstrated.

How to register:
To register, email with your name, address and telephone. Then, mail a check for the full tuition made out to The Guild of Book Workers to
Ann Frellsen
221 Chelsea Drive
Decatur, GA 30030

Your space in the class is only guaranteed upon receipt of full payment, and is on a first-come, first-served basis. Make checks out to The Guild of Book Workers.

We look forward to seeing you in this class!

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Bookbinding Tool making workshop with Randy J. Arnold

A few spaces still remaining - sign up today!

Southeast Guild member Randy J. Arnold will be teaching a tool making workshop October 20 – 21st

during the Friends of Dard Hunter conference.

The workshop will be located on the campus of the Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts. Participants should leave with three simple but essential tools crafted during the workshop.

Registration is now open.

For more information, please visit the Friends of Dard Hunter.

Tool Making

Using simple tools such as a bone folder or a nipping press is essential for bookbinding. Learning to design and build these tools can have a great impact on the ease and quality of the work produced. The class will include an introduction to hand tools: saws, rasps, hand drills, chisels, and sandpaper; how to build a simple jig that will help us create the book binding tools; making a wooden “bone” folder custom shaped to your hand; building a simple nipping press; and building a punching cradle that will be functional and beautiful. I will bring my personal tools to share with the class. For those interested in purchasing hand tools for the class, or bringing their own tools, we will be using a crosscut carcass saw, a hand drill, various rasps, and assorted chisels (or carving knives). This workshop is intended as a connection between the worlds of bookbinding and woodworking, and to take some of the mystery out of woodworking, ultimately empowering the bookbinder with the necessary skills to create any tool they might need. The building process will focus primarily on hand tool use, and no experience with woodworking is required.

Randy J. Arnold is a luthier living in Northport, Alabama, and the third generation in his family to work with wood. In addition to musical instruments, Randy also creates handcrafted bookbinders’ tools. Randy works in the wood shop that his grandfather built in the early 1940’s, using many of his grandfather’s tools.