Dear Friends, Students, Faculty Members and lovers of books,

This is Deb Stevens. I am the administrative director for the American Academy of Bookbinding based out of Telluride, Colorado. This blog was started as a way for all of us, those who have studied at AAB, friends of AAB, as well as those who want to find out more about this place, can keep in touch with each other during the year. I'll be posting all kinds of photos, news and updates as regularly as possible (or newsworthy). I hope you will also share any bookbinding thoughts, questions, revelations, etc. Send me your photos and let us all know what you're up to. Keep connected!

Monday, June 14, 2010


AAB held three weeks of classes in Ann Arbor in May and early June. The first week-long class was a combination of two separate classes, "Restoration of Cloth and Leather Bindings," and "Rebacking of Leather Bindings." This was the first time that Don Etherington taught the Rebacking class, which was offered as an elective.

The second set of classes taught were "Forwarding and Covering of Textblocks," and "Finishing I and 2." These are two separate classes that were taught at the same time. Once again, students were thrilled with the skills they learned from master binder/conservator Don Etherington, and told me they had a blast as well. Since my office is based in Telluride, I don't get to see the students and their work first hand, but here are a few photos sent by several of the attendees, and Tom Hollander.

There is still room in all of the Ann Arbor classes this fall in September and October: Fundamentals of Bookbinding with Monique Lallier, Stiff Board and Limp Binding in Vellum, and Account Bookbinding with Springback, both taught by Don Etherington. Contact the Academy for enrollment info, or visit our website.

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