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!

Saturday, June 23, 2012



 Students from around the country joined AAB this spring for the class on Finishing taught by Don Etherington. During the first week, students prepared plaquettes and false spines with raised bands to practice hand lettering for titling, blind and gold tooling using fillets and palettes, and making leather labels using the QuickPrint.

Students covered plaquettes in goat, calf, alum tawed and parchment.

False spine and hand lettering tools
Don expertly pulling gold leaf to the cushion

Calf plaquettes were finished as a cambridge panel, its distinctive qualities include sprinkling of the leather and a centered panel design.

Cambridge panel

Students tool black lines onto leather by holding the tool over an open flame. Carbon deposits are then tooled into the leather.

Eric Nye preparing tool with carbon

Gabby Cooksey tooling carbon line on her cambridge plaquette

Onlays and Inlays by Marc Arend
Don also demonstrated the handtype setter and onlays and inlays that students were able to practice on their own plaquettes.

Second week is the most exciting, students take all the skills they learn in the first week and start tooling on real books! Many of the students brought books in from previous classes such as Forward and Covering to be finished.

Katie Anderson's calf, goat, alum tawd, and cloth.

Katy Anderson with her books!

Mark Arend

Eric Nye
The Finishing and Vellum students with Don Etherington

This class is a requirement for the Conservation Diploma students.

Posting by Jeanne Goodman,  Finishing student.

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