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CBBAG Bindery at Ward Street
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Ottaw Valley Chapter
Book Cloth Workshop

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book binderys, bindery supplies
Bookbinding I
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Hand Tools

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old english calligraphy alphabet
CBBAG Instructor Dan Mezza
teaching Bookbinding II

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Historic Book

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type setting
japanese calligraphy
Paste Brushes
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CBBAG Instructor
Betsy Palmer Eldridge

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celtic lettering, chinese calligraphy
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Foil Tooling

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lettering for book covers
CBBAG Instructor
Don Taylor

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endbands, coloring pages
Learning to make

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how to do marbling on textiles
CBBAG Instructor
Louise Granahan

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Pop-up, history of typography
Pop-Up Workshop
with Carol Barton

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paring leather book covers
Paring Leather
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endbands, boards for bookbinding
Tying up Bands
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paper marbling for kids
Ebru - Paper Marbling Workshop
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BC Island Chapter Workshops
BC Lower Mainland Chapter Workshops
Calgary Chapter Workshops
Ottawa Valley Chapter Workshops
Saskatchewan Chapter Workshops
SW Ontario Chapter Workshops
Greater Toronto Area In-studio Workshops & Courses

Registration forms for Toronto In-studio courses can be found on the Workshop Updates page, where you will also find the current status of all upcoming workshops. Please be sure to check the Workshop Updates page, before registering for a Toronto course. For other chapter course, please check with the chapter contacts.

General information and short instructor biographies are listed at the end of this page.

The Greater Toronto Area In-Studio courses are held at the CBBAG bindery, as well as other locations in Toronto. The CBBAG bindery is located at 80 Ward Street, Ste. 207 (Landsdowne/Dupont Area). Other course locations' addresses can be found with the course descriptions.

CBBAG also has an Itinerant Teachers Programme, which puts CBBAGinstructors in touch with local organizers. Click here for full details.

In addition to its In-Studio courses, CBBAG has a Home Study Programme. Click here for information on the Home Study Programme.

CBBAG Chapter Workshops:

To register for chapter workshops, please contact the chapters directly, using the contact information provided below.

CBBAG BC Islands Chapter Workshops:

2014 upcoming: Bookbinding I, late summer, details TBA; Bookbinding II, with Dan Mezza, fall, details TBA; and Non-traditional book structure based on a historical model, with Joan Byers, 1-day, fall, details TBA.

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CBBAG Ottawa Valley Chapter Workshops:

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CBBAG Saskatchewan Chapter Workshops:

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CBBAG SW Ontario Chapter Workshops:

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CBBAG Greater Toronto Area In-Studio Workshops and Courses


Instructor: Betsy Palmer Eldridge
Location: 24 Castle Frank Cres.
Duration: 6 days: Fri. Sat & Sun., Apr. 25 -27 (Cloth); Fri. Sat. & Sun May 9-11 (Leather)
Hours: 10:00 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Course fee: $510 members / $570 non-members*
Materials fee: $50 payable to instructor
Prerequisite: Bookbinding III or permission of the instructor
The first 3 three days of this workshop will focus on 19th century publishers cloth case bindings: how to identify them, deterioration they develop, and how to repair and restore them. The second week end will concern leather bindings of the 18th, 19th and 20th century, the deterioration problems they develop, and the various techniques currently used to repair them. Participants should bring examples to work on.

Cartonnage: A Rounded Box
Instructor: Fabiana Salvador
Location: CBBAG Bindery
Duration: 1 day; Sun. April 27
Hours: 10:00 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Course fee: $95.00 members & non members
Materials fee: $ 20 payable to instructor
Prerequisite: none
In this class a circular box will be made and covered by fabric. This is a good opportunity to get the right tips in how to work with cardboard when you need different kinds of rounded shapes.

Historic Letterlocking: the Art and Security of Letterwriting
Instructor: Jana Dambrogio
Location: CBBAG Bindery
Duration: 2 days, Friday May 2 & Sat. May 3
Hours: 10:00 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Course fee: $250.00 members & non members
Materials fee: $20.00 payable to instructor
Prerequisite: none
Limit: 12 participants
Queen Elizabeth the first did it. Marie Antoinette did it, too. And so did William Barton Rodgers.
Come spend two day with Jana Dambrogio, Thomas F Peterson conservator at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Libraries, learning about the 4,000 year old tradition of writing a letter on papyrus, parchment, or paper and closing it shut to function as its own envelope. Explore the techniques used to study and interpret the three dimensionality of letters written on paper.
Academics, bookbinders, conservators, archivists, contemporary book artists, origami makers, paper engineers, letter-writers, secret keepers, anti-tamper device seekers...if you identify as any or all of the above; this is the course for you.
Participants will make 10 types of locked letters that represent historic letters from 1440-2013. Participants will keep a set of three of each type: one letter left locked shut, one partially locked shut to show function, and the third, unlocked and opened. They will discuss and make several model making techniques that include the working model, the simulacrum, and the teaching model. The second day, participants will finish any formats explored the day before and make at least two simple bound structures, the text pages of which were once locked letters. Participants will view images of historic manuscripts and learn how conservators conserve them (their materials and three dimensionality).

Succulent Surfaces
Instructor: Cherryl Moote
Location: CBBAG Bindery
Duration: 2 days Sat. May 10 & Sun. May 11
Hours: 10:00 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Course fee: $200.00 members & non members
Materials fee: $35 payable to instructor
Prerequisite: None
Colour. Texture. Pattern. Sparkle. If these are attributes you crave for the papers you use for your bookbinding projects this workshop will help you explore a variety of ways to create them with watercolours and acrylics. Techniques will be demonstrated on both western and oriental papers and students will have ample time to create their own samples of the papers. All of the paper and art materials are included in the kit fee. Come prepared to create with abandon - using luscious colours and responsive papers you can’t fail to create your own succulent surfaces.

Cartonnage – Portfolio Folder
Instructor: Fabiana Salvador
Location: CBBAG Bindery
Duration: 1 day; Sun. May 25
Hours: 10:00 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Course fee: $95.00 members & non members
Materials fee: $ 20 payable to instructor
Prerequisite: none Using cartonnage techniques, let’s make a portfolio folder (office size), with pockets and a lot of room to organize your work or collection

Jacob’s Ladder Book
Instructor: Rose Newlove
Location: CBBAG Bindery
Duration: 1 day; Sun. June 1
Hours: 10:00 – 5 p.m.
Course fee: $85.00 members & non members
Materials fee: $10.00 payable to instructor
Prerequisite: none
In this one day workshop participants will make this compelling, tumbling, moveable structure. Based on the children’s toy we will use the device to present 2 sets of imagery – 2 sides of the story.

Printmaking—Painterly & Mixed Media Techniques
Instructor: Victoria Cowan
Location: Artist’s Studio
Duration: 2 days; Sat. June 14 & Sun. June 15
Hours: 10:00 a.m.– 4 p.m.
Course fee: $185.00 members/ $245.00 non-members*
Materials fee: $20 payable to instructor
Prerequisite: none
Limit: 6 participants
Non-toxic contemporary printmaking is often the method of choice for visual artists of all kinds who want to explore image-making in a related series of works. This approach uses water-washable, soy-based inks with brushes and brayers, masked and collaged elements, line & colour added by hand, multiple glazes and variations in viscosity. A new work can be derived from the ‘ghost’ of the previous one, or started from scratch every time. Akua inks are beautifully intense and transparent, as well as slow-drying, allowing for experimentation without time pressure and without the use of solvents. Clean-up is done simply, with soap & water. Participants could work at either half sheet or quarter sheet size allowing for 4 to 8 prints.
NB: Participants will receive directions and basic “kit” requirements.

Paper Treatments For Binders
Instructor: Betsy Palmer Eldridge
Location: 24 Castle Frank Cres.
Duration: 5 days, Friday June 27 - Tuesday July 1
Hours: 10:00 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Course fee: $425 members/ $485 non members*
Materials fee: $30 payable to instructor
Prerequisite: permission of the instructor
This five day course covers the basic treatments used to solve the paper problems that binders frequently encounter in printed book materials. The course includes topics such as mould, pressure sensitive tape, minor tears, tide lines, localized staining, cockling, acidity and discolouration. Washing, drying, and flattening methods.

Bookbinding 1 Intensive
Instructor: TBA
Location: CBBAG Bindery
Duration: 6 days, Mon.- Sat. June 23-28
Hours: 10:00 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Course fee: $510 members/ $570 non members*
Materials fee: $30 payable to instructor
Prerequisite: none
This six day course introduces the variety of tools, materials, sewings and constructions fundamental to hand bookbinding. The course will start with the making of a simple pamphlet and proceed to the binding of two hard cover books. This class prepares participants to explore bookbinding on their own or continue with more advanced studies.

* The non-member fee includes one year's membership in CBBAG. It is to be paid on the first workshop only. To qualify for the member rate, members must be current individual, family, or student members of CBBAG.

General Information


Applications for workshops should be sent in writing by mail to the CBBAG office, 80 Ward Street, Suite 207, Toronto ON M6H 4A6.
You may also submit the online registration form over CBBAG's secure web server.

Workshop fees may be paid by MasterCard, Visa, American Express or cheque. Cheques may be post-dated up to one week before commencement of the course.

Registration forms can be found on the Workshop Updates page, where you will also find the current status of all upcoming workshops.

Acceptance to workshops is assigned on a chronological basis.

Acknowledgment of registration will be sent by post or e-mail; if you have not received your acceptance one week prior to the start of the workshop, please inform the Workshop Registrar at or phone 416-581-1071.

Receipts are available upon request.

CBBAG is pleased to discuss organizing additional workshops; please contact the office.

Any allergies or other environmental sensitivities should be mentioned when applying.

Participants needing overnight accommodations should inquire when applying; some members rent rooms to CBBAG students for a modest fee.


Cancellations, subject to a 10% cancellation fee (a minimum of $5), will be accepted until two weeks prior to the workshop; thereafter the full fee will be forfeited. Membership fees are not refundable.

CBBAG reserves the right to cancel workshops two weeks prior to their commencement due to insufficient enrollment; workshop fees for cancelled workshops will be fully refunded.


Workshops are limited to eight participants, and run from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, unless otherwise noted in the course descriptions.

Participants are responsible for arriving on time at the correct location; call the CBBAG office if directions are needed.

Materials fees are paid to the instructor at the beginning of a workshop.

Tools and materials are supplied at the workshop, unless otherwise noted; participants may also bring their own tools if they wish.

Participants should plan to bring a picnic lunch.

Due to the intensive nature of CBBAG workshops, it is not possible to make up missed days; fees cannot be refunded.

CBBAG instructors have the right to dismiss disruptive students; fees cannot be refunded.

Photography is permitted only for personal use; otherwise, permission must be obtained in writing from CBBAG.

CBBAG gives a "certificate of completion" on completion of all six of the core courses, whether In-Studio or the Monitoring Stream courses in the Home Study programme. The 6 are Bookbinding I, Bookbinding II (including Endpapers), and Bookbinding III (including Introduction to Leather), Restoration & Repair, Finishing, and Paper Treatments for Binders (note: Paper Treatments for Binders is only available as an in-studio workshop). This is not a formal accreditation. However, CBBAG has had students who were already working in conservation jobs who started back at the beginning with CBBAG, completed the 6 courses, and were extremely pleased with the mass of material they had learned and found it extremely useful in their work.

The Canadian Bookbinders and Book Artists Guild is pleased to organize workshops in other localities but must have a local organizer. If interested contact

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Victoria Cowan is a prize-winning graduate of Concordia University and the Ontario College of Art & Design. Her combination of experience in fine art, adult education and text editing all prepare her to offer in-depth, articulate instruction in the visual arts, concentrating primarily on printmaking and collage. Victoria shows regularly, having won awards in painting and in printmaking, and is active as a jurist. Her work is found in collections in North America and Europe, and has been chosen for covers of publications in Canada, the USA and Sweden. See for examples of her work, as well as her teaching and lecturing schedule.

Jana Dambrogio graduated from the State University of New York, Buffalo State College Graduate Conservation programme in 2000 and completed the CBBAG Certificate programme in 1999. Since then she has had three extended stays in Rome: the first as a Kress Fellow in the conservation laboratory at the Vatican Secret Archives; the second as a Booth Family Rome Prize recipient at the American Academy in Rome; and the third as a conservation consultant at the Food and Agriculture Organization’s David Lubin Memorial Library, United Nations. She is an emerging expert in identifying early north-eastern Italian legal and accounting bindings and documents with a specific interest in structure, fabrication, authentication, and anti-tamper devices. She has worked as a senior book conservator for the US National Archives in Washington, D.C. and currently is the Thomas F. Petersen conservator at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and is a contemporary book artist.

Betsy Palmer Eldridge apprenticed as a bookbinder in Hamburg, Germany, studied finishing with Jules Fache in Paris, and worked in conservation with Carolyn Horton and Associates in New York in the 60s. She has had her own studio in Toronto since 1975, and has taught courses and workshops in bookbinding and conservation since 1984. She has been active in professional organizations both nationally and internationally, and has served as the Chair of the CBBAG Education Committee.

Greta Golick received her PhD from the Faculty of Information, University of Toronto in 2010 and is a sessional lecturer at the University of Toronto.

Mary McIntyre is a Toronto based metalsmith who loves to explore the undulating lines and plastic forms of which metal is capable, when shaped under the hammer. Her work has been exhibited in Vancouver, Toronto, Ottawa and Fredericton and is held in private collections in Canada and the US.

Liz Menard is a Toronto-based printmaker, visual artist, and educator. Her practice includes drawing, painting, and printmaking. “My interest is in landscape and how our perception of the landscape helps us define who we think we are. I am particularly drawn to water – especially fens, bogs, streams, rivers and lakes as well as the life these systems support. However, I am increasingly concerned about not only our water, but the native plant species and wildlife which our water systems sustain. Like our environment, these things need to be cared for, protected, and nurtured. Please visit Liz’s website:

Cherryl Moote has been a paper artist for over thirty years. Her specialities include bookbinding, calligraphy, card making, rubber stamping and paper surfacing. Cherryl has taught throughout North America and has published a series of books for paper enthusiasts. Cherryl’s company, Moote Points Inc., will be releasing a new book in the fall of 2011 which is called Fold. Grateful for the impact of many artistic mentors, she devotes a large part of her career to teaching, inspiring, connecting with and coaching other artists around the world. Cherryl's natural teaching talent shines through in all her materials, allowing you to learn new techniques with maximum enjoyment and success. To see samples of Cherryl’s work go to her company website and visit the gallery sections.

Rose Newlove is a graduate of the Fleming College conservation program and works as a book and paper conservator in Toronto. She has studied bookbinding at CBBAG with Don Taylor and Betsy Palmer Eldridge and at the American Academy of Bookbinding, conservation stream, with Don Etherington.

Fabiana Salvador works with design and development of objects made with cardboard and covered by fabric (the technique called cartonnage) since 2005. “I enjoy the endless possibilities of mixing materials and techniques to create unique pieces. I’ve also been teaching some of my projects which gives me the opportunity to share what I discovered during my work and meet great people who love handmade products and technique

Don Taylor is a bookbinder and restorer who works and teaches in Toronto. He was trained in bookbinding and design at Sheridan College and the Three Schools of Art and has studied with Betsy Palmer Eldridge. His work is exhibited widely and is represented in public and private collections across Canada. He has taught for CBBAG since 1984.

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