The Sewn Board Binding Workshop

In-person workshop at the bindery in Scarborough, ON

94 Crockford Blvd, #2, Scarborough, ON M1L 3C3, Canada

Saturday, May 13
9:00 – 4:30 pm with a 1 1/2 hour lunch

$150 CAD (including $30 materials fee)

In this workshop you will learn how to make your own sketchbook or journal using the Sewn Board Binding method. These books open flat for drawing, painting, or journaling and hold up well to repeated use. Books can be made to the size and shape most useful for you. The pages will be sewn, glued, and bound using simple tools you can recreate at home.

Invented by Conservator Gary Frost in the 1980s, the sewn board binding was planned for photocopy facsimiles of brittle books. The spine of the book lifts away when opening, allowing for good contact for photocopying the information by researchers. This ability to open wide makes it ideal for a sketchbook, journal, or book that needs access to the gutter.

Instructor: Andrew Huot

In this course you will learn:

Preparing sections for the book.
Sewning structure of the binding.
Considerations for binding of the format.
Proper use of bookbinding tools and materials.

Level of Experience / Skills Required

All levels; no prior book-making experience required. Some comfort with accurate measuring, folding, and cutting with blades/knives is needed to master the skills taught in this workshop.

All tools and materials included but students are welcome to bring their own small bookbinding tools.


Registration opens soon, email bigriverbindery@gmail.com to reserve a spot.