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BOOK ARTS OF UTAH | The Springback Binding & Leather Basics: Online Workshop

Hosted/Organized by: The Book Arts Program at University of Utah


The Springback Binding & Leather Basics
Karen Hanmer

4 Demonstration Sessions:

June 16, 18, 23, & 25
Tuesdays & Thursdays, 4:00-6:00 pm, MST

2 Work Sessions:

June 17 & 24
Wednesdays, 4:00-6:00 pm, MST
Online instruction via Zoom. Participants will receive a link prior to each session.

With its enthusiastic opening, the nineteenth century springback binding is ideal for journals, guest books, sketch books, or any application where it is desirable that the book open flat (and then some). The book opens and closes with a satisfying jolt and features two-part split boards, reinforced endsheets, and a spring made of layers of card and paper. With its robust aesthetic, the springback is a great structure for beginning leather work. The paring requires minimal finesse, and the modest leather headcap is easy to form. Prerequisite for the course is a basic bookbinding course. This workshop is taught via Zoom and consists of four demonstration sessions and two work sessions. The demonstrations will be recorded for students’ reference throughout the sessions. The instructor will send each participant a prepared kit of materials, and participants will need to have access to basic bookbinding tools and adhesive. See for a complete list of required materials.

*The amount you are paying today is the total workshop fee. This fee is non-refundable and is required in order to secure registration. If you have any questions, please contact: