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!

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Don Glaister is Here!

Don is here teaching Fundamentals of Bookbinding and Intermediate Fine Binding. We have a terrific group of students from all over the world....Malaysia, Taiwan (via New Mexico), Canada, and from many different states: Oregon, Colorado, Utah, New Mexico and California. Class is going really well (as far as I can tell) and Don is being his usual funny self, transmitting the intricacies of fine leather binding in a clear, straight forward manner. I took this class last year and loved it...what a joy to spend every day making something by hand, using all hand tools. And taking such care as to make things perfect. What a dream, to spend every day in the studio. It can be a reality if you put your mind to it. There are several students here who do just that, spend their days in the studio making things as their main job. 

Our student from Malaysia, Zam, took this trip having never left his country, flown on a plane, or seen snow. And this week, we continue to have a late spring here in Telluride. We threw a few snowballs at Zam yesterday, and today was his 51st birthday, so we had a cake and he opened a small gift from the class: an AAB t-shirt and a brand new French paring knife. 

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