The 2024 Spring Session of our Book Binding Core Workshop has reached capacity.
The Registration Button on this page will allow you to join the waitlist for this class.
You can also REGISTER HERE for this summer’s session of our Binding Core (July 18–21, 2024)

This four-part Bookbinding Core Series prepares participants to undertake a wide range of projects and additional classes in intermediate and advanced bookbinding techniques and book structures.

  • Class 1 introduces basic bookbinding tools, shop equipment, materials, and processes.
  • Class 2 employs the portfolio structure to develop skills in board cutting, working with cover materials, and using adhesives.
  • Class 3 starts with an introduction to the case-bound book, its history, and mechanics. 
    Participants will learn how to sequence the making of this structure and will end the day with a fully finished case-bound book.
  • Class 4 is a continuation of class 3.
    Participants will make a second case-bound book. They can decide on the size and cover material of this book and are free to experiment with decorative paper brought from home.

Workshop Details:
Book Binding Core Workshops I-IV (Spring 2024 Session)
w/Jane Freeman & Yolanda Merrill

Thursday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday, May 16 – 19, 2024

  • Thursday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday, May 16 – 19, 2024 (10:00 AM to 4:00 PM daily)
  • Instructors: Jane Freeman & Yolanda Merrill
  • Class Size: Max 8 students.
  • Skill level: No previous bookbinding experience required.
  • Location: Virginia Center for the Book (map: Jefferson School City Center)
  • Fee: $400 VCB Members / $450 Non-Members
  • UVa Staff may be eligible to use their UVa Education Benefit for this class (see HR Guidance)
    If applying reference non-degree certification class #051624 (must use non-member price)
  • Course fees must be paid to complete your registration.
  • Registration closes on May 12, 2024
  • All materials are provided along with tools available for in-class use.
  • For information about this workshop, the Center, and its programs contact

Our COVID Vaccination and Masking Policy for this Workshop:

  • It is the Virginia Center for the Book’s expectation that all program participants are vaccinated.
  • Should public health guidelines change, and new norms be applicable, we reserve the right to revisit the expectations in the interest of participant health and safety

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