An Advanced Bookbinding Workshop is offered on Saturday, May 13, 2017 from 9:30 am to 3:30 pm at the Mennonite Heritage Center, 565 Yoder Road, Harleysville. Led by Ramon Townsend of Colonial Bindery, Exton, Pa, this advanced workshop is for those who have taken the Introductory Bookbinding Workshop. Participants will take home a a 3/4 leather or fully leather bound book. They will learn new techniques that are not taught in the basic course such as Rounding & Backing; Headbanding; and Blind & Gold Tooling the leather.
Workshop instructor Ramon Townsend studied paper marbling and hand bookbinding under the Master and Journeymen bookbinders at Colonial Williamsburg. Colonial Williamsburg has an apprenticeship program where it passes on traditional handcrafts. Part of the training was to demonstrate and teach the crafts to visitors and Ramon learned paper marbling, paper making and printing, and bookbinding. After his work at the Bindery for a few years, he continued to perform bookbinding and marbling, including rebinding/restoring used and rare books. In 2012, Ramon and his daughter Danielle started Colonial Bindery which offers repairing and rebinding book services.
Preregistration is necessary as the workshop size is limited to only six participants to allow for individualized instruction. Mr. Townsend, the instructor, must pre-approve a book a student wants to bring and work on. Students will be given his email after registering for the workshop so that they can contact him. The Advanced Bookbinding Workshop fee is $60 ($55 member) plus a $20 materials fee.