Monday, January 18, 2010

Wooden Books – Mica Pages - Shakerag Workshops Sewanee, TN - June 2010

Daniel Essig
Wooden Books – Mica Pages
June 13 - 19, 2010
Shakerag Workshops Sewanee, TN
Course Description

Developed as early as the fourth century, this Ethiopian binding style has withstood the test of time. The elegant sewing structure, combined with the use of traditional wooden covers and alternative mica pages, opens a wide range of possibilities for both the beginner and the advanced bookbinder. After first creating a miniature structure using only paper and mica, the class will move on to the wooden covered book. Using a variety of manual and power tools, participants will drill, shape, and smooth book covers. A combination of paper and plate mica will be used for pages. The mica is a material designed for lamp shapes, but it also works well as an element in book arts and collage. Finishing includes sealing the wooden covers with milk paint and a coating of wax as well as adding a leather closure. As time allows, Daniel will share various features he includes in his own bindings and sculptural books. Many of Daniel’s books are featured in the Penland Book of Handmade Books.

Skill Level
All skill levels are welcome: beginners, intermediate book artists, and advanced book artists will all find this class appropriate and challenging.

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