(CA) Gold Tooling Intensive with Dominic Riley

A new offering from bookbinder extraordinaire, Dominic Riley, this class combines several tooling techniques into a five-day extravaganza of traditional and creative approaches.

This new class combines several tooling techniques that Dominic has taught at SFCB over the years into a five-day extravaganza of traditional and creative approaches.

The first part of the class will concentrate on traditional hand tooling beginning with cloth covered panels and a one-line wheel. Using both metallic foils and carbon paper, the class will spend time producing simple tooled lines, starting with free-style lines until the technique is mastered, then progressing to formal lines using a guide. Students will then be ready to move onto a leather-covered panel, where they will execute a formal gold tooled ‘diaper’ pattern.

Following this will be the hand-titled spines: working on prepared leather pieces attached to a special spine tooling block, the class will learn how to execute three kinds of title: in blind, carbon and gold, using various jigs devised by the instructor to ensure accuracy and efficiency.

This next part of the class will introduce students to Dominic’s creative approach to free-from gold tooling, which he has spent many years perfecting. This is done with his adapted tool which allows you to ‘draw’ in gold. Students will make their own tool by shaping a piece of brass which is sunk into a wooden handle. Next they'll create a design and learn how to transfer it to the leather using simple jigs and templates, which control the tooling as the completed design takes shape.

Finally, the class will concentrate on blocking labels using the Kwikprint. Learning to use this machine is relatively easy but a host of tips to learn about how to set up the machine, arrange the type correctly and produce really good crisp labels will be discussed.

This promises to be a marathon class in which Dominic will share everything he knows about working with gold, from traditional lines and titles, to experimental artistic designs, and the efficiency of production-line blocking. A must for all aspiring binders.

Students will leave this workshop with a thorough introduction to tooling with gold: lines, hand-tooled titles, creative tooling and blocked labels.
Materials to Bring: Metalworkers’ vice, 8" straight cut metal worker's file; scalpel — #4 handle, #25 blades (available from Havells); black ink pad; natural sponge, old tea towel, shallow bowl.

Optional and available at SFCB for student use during workshop: metal ruler, dividers, bone folder. Bring if you have: finishing tools — one line wheel, decorative wheel, hand letters decorative, hand tools — finishing stove.

Workshop Fee (includes $100 materials fee): $700.00

Date & Time: Monday-Friday, July 16-20, 2018 :: 9:30am-5:30pm

Location: 375 Rhode Island St, San Francisco, CA 94103

Note: Please read over the SFCB Registration Policies before signing up for a class


About the Instructor | Dominic Riley

Dominic Riley Is an internationally renowned bookbinder, artist, lecturer and teacher. He has his bindery in the Lake District, from where he travels across the UK teaching and lecturing. He spends part of the year teaching in San Francisco and across the USA. His work is mostly restoration and Design Binding, for which he has won many prizes in the Designer Bookbinders competition. He was elected Fellow of DB in 2008. His bindings are in collections worldwide, including the British Library, the Grolier Club in New York and the San Francisco Public Library. In 2013 he won first prize, the Sir Paul Getty Award, in the International Bookbinding Competition. Dominic is President of the Society of Bookbinders.

July 16th, 2018 9:30 AM   through   July 20th, 2018 5:30 PM
375 Rhode Island Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
United States

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