Required Materials & Tools

You will need these items throughout the duration of the class. You can also expect to purchase some additional materials on a per-project basis.

  • You will need these items throughout the duration of the class. You can also expect to purchase some additional materials on a per-project basis.
    • Self-healing cutting mat (No smaller than 12”x18”)
    • X-acto knives (at least a utility knife for cutting book board, but also nice to have a smaller blade)
    • A 9”x12” sketch pad (60-80lb. paper)
    • A 9”x12” pad of heavy-weight/card stock (90-125lb.)
    • Scissors
    • Pens/markers/etc.
    • Awl
    • Bone folder
    • A metal ruler with a cork back
    • PVA glue (for projects)
    • Linen thread (for projects) [Not hemp!]
    • Wide-eyed needle
    • 2-3 sponge brushes

Recommended Materials and Tools

If, during the course of this class, you realize that you’d like to continue on in your work as a bookbinder, the following are some very handy tools to consider owning:

  • Teflon folder (won’t burnish paper or cloth)
  • Triangle
  • Steel rules at 1/8, 1/4, 1/2, 3/4, and 1″ (available from Talas)
  • Book press (i.e., several other heavy books, a mattress, or a DIY book press)
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