Introduction to Traditional Leather Binding with Sam Ellenport

Midwest Chapter of the Guild of Book Workers is proud to announce:

An Introduction to Traditional Leather Binding with Sam Ellenport
Where: Milner Library at Illinois State University in Normal, IL
When: August 10-12, 2012
Capacity: 8-10
Workshop Fee: $135 (Midwest Chapter Members); $160 (Non Members)
Materials Fee: $60


There will be a lecture on Friday evening (details to be announced).

The 2 day workshop is an introduction to traditional leather bookbinding.  Participants will prepare pre-sewn texts for leather binding.  They will learn how to cut and pare leather, mix paste, and how to cover books.  There will also be instruction in the formation of headcaps, working with raised bands, and preparing and attaching corners.  All methods are traditional, techniques are reversible, and materials are archival.

Sam Ellenport, educated at Amherst, Brown University, and Oxford, is a highly accomplished binder and the President of Harcourt Bindery. He has been instrumental in the establishment of the bookbinding program at the North Bennet Street School in Boston, and was Chair of the New England Chapter of the Guild of Book Workers stimulating the development of the chapter. Sam also collects, lectures, and writes about the history of bookbinding. Website at

To register for either workshop and save your spot, please contact the Midwest Programs chair, Mary Uthuppuru (