2016WKSP-04 Restoration & Repair: Cloth Case & Leather Bindings

  • 19 Feb 2016
  • 10:00 AM
  • 28 Feb 2016
  • 5:00 PM
  • Eldridge Bindery, Toronto ON
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Restoration & Repair: Cloth Case & Leather Bindings

Instructor: Betsy Palmer Eldridge

Location: 24 Castle Frank Crescent

Duration: 6 days, Fri-Sun, Feb 19, 20, & 21 and Feb 26, 27, & 28

Hours: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Course fee: $510 members/ $570 non-members

Materials fee: $40 payable to the instructor

Prerequisite: BB3 or permission of the instructor


This first half of the course will focus on 19th century publishers cloth case bindings: how to identify them, what conservation problems they develop, and how to repair and restore them. This second half of the restoration core course will focus on 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 a cloth bound and leather bound example to work on.


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 in 1984. She has been active in professional organizations both nationally and internationally.

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