Association of Book Crafts                                      ABC is one of the foremost societies devoted to the craft of fine bookbinding, and bookcrafts, while also supporting  book art in New Zealand.                                         



The ABC runs a range of bookbinding courses in Auckland.

Here is a summary of the courses.

No prerequisite for doing BookBinding1.=BB1

Ø  The prerequisite for doing BB2 is that the applicant is familiar with the content of BB1, which can be summarised as A general introduction to bookbinding: terminology, tools and materials, different styles of binding, structure of paper, grain, grammage, paper handling, and repair principles. Practical work is a pamphlet stitch booklet and 2 styles of corners.

Ø  The prerequisite for doing BB3 is that the applicant is familiar with the content of  BB2,  which can be summarised as An introduction to sewing an A5 144 page hard-covered conservation-style ruled journal. Paper, boards, thread, tyvek, buckram and patterned papers are provided. This structure is ideal as a journal for notes or drawings.

ABC and affiliated parties events in New Zealand

Limp Vellum Binding by Michael Burke

12:00 AM
12:00 AM

AUCKLAND: 20 and 21 November 2019
Limp Vellum Binding by Michael Burke
This is a simple binding structure that was widely used on books during the 16th – 18th centuries, and was revived in the late 19th century by the Arts and Crafts Movement. It is sewn on allum-tawed thongs, and has plain linen endbands. The cover is made ‘off the book’ from calfskin vellum, which is measured, scored, cut and folded to fit the book precisely. Particular attention is given to the ingenious interlocking corners which hold the cover together. The endpapers are then put down, and the book pressed lightly

 1-7-19 Dominic and Michael workshops for ABC.pdf

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If you wish to book in to any  of the above, then fill in the form, we can forward it on to the respective  organiser. Sending in this form does NOT constitute a completed booking, the booking is only confirmed once a reply has been sent to you from the organiser.