Traditional Ethiopian Bookbinding Date
June 24, 2017 - June 25, 2017
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
TALAS, 330 Morgan Avenue
Brooklyn, New York

 Course Fee: $375 ($350 for NYGBW members)

The workshop materials fee is $50. (payable to instructor).  

Class is limited to 10 students.


To register please email or call:  or 212-219-0770


TALAS is excited to co-host this course with the Guild of Bookworkers, NY Chapter.


This two-day workshop, taught by Bill Hanscom, will begin with a presentation detailing the traditional methods and materials of the Ethiopian scribe and bookbinder.
Students will then construct two historical models:

The first will be a basic binding with bare wooden boards demonstrating the fundamentals of the unsupported link stitch, board attachment and repair, and the construction of a ləbas (a protective cloth over-cover).

The second will be a full leather binding with inlays of patterned cloth and traditional endbands of interwoven leather strips. Basic tooling techniques as well as common designs and motifs will be discussed and demonstrated.

Students will be given the opportunity to decorate their bindings as time allows.