Books & Paper

Books and Paper Workshops at Penland


Penland School of Craft offers 1-, 2-, and 8-week workshops in the book and paper arts taught by visiting instructors in our well-equipped studios. Classes focus on topics including designing handmade books, papermaking, printing, and book binding. Workshops are open to serious students of all levels unless specified in course description; beginners welcome.

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The scholarship deadline is December 15.

NOTE: Many aspects of Penland workshops will be altered for 2021 because of the pandemic. Before you apply, please read our COVID-19 Safety Guidelines document so you will know what to expect and what will be expected of you.

Books Spring Concentration
March 7 – April 30, 2021
Brien Beidler
Finishing Touches: Materials, Tools, and Methods

The “charming but completely unpretentious*” books made in Europe during the 17th and 18th centuries have a unique way of harmonizing skilled craft, quirky aesthetics, and evidence of the hands that made them. With these leather bindings as our inspiration, we’ll explore the process and material details that make them so appealing while leaving room to add our own context to their structure and design. We’ll cover a range of techniques, including sewing on a frame, lacing in boards, sewing endbands, working with leather, and gold tooling with egg glair and gold leaf. We’ll place a special emphasis on finishing (applying decoration to the covered book) and making finishing tools. All levels. Code S00B

*From a description of historic bindings in Hannah French’s Bookbinding in Early America. 

Studio artist; teaching: Escuela de Artes y Oficios Santo Domingo (Colombia), Penland, North Bennet Street School (MA), Massachusetts Institute of Technology, University of Alabama, University of Utah.

three leather bound books by Brien Beidler
Brien Beidler, Three Commonplace Books, paper, linen thread, linen cord, leather, gold leaf, various sizes
Book finishing tools by Brien Beidler
Brien Beidler, Finishing Tools, brass, wood, 1 x 6 inches each