2023WKSP-09 Islamic Binding – In Person

  • 13 May 2023
  • 10:00 AM
  • 14 May 2023
  • 5:00 PM
  • Howard Iron Works Museum, Oakville ON
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In Person Workshop: Islamic Binding with Stu Hill

Often overlooked, the Islamic binding is a structure that has existed in its simple form for centuries, from the early 11th century into recent history. During this time period, in other parts of the world, bindings were constantly evolving as improvements were required because of small structure failures. The Islamic binding’s unchanged form is a testament for a structure that functioned from day one and followed the spread of Islam around the world. The Islamic Binding is an early form of case binding.

The binding technique requires multiple steps with some requiring time to allow elements to dry. To take advantage of these rest periods, we will intersperse the path with practice sessions and discussions about the structure.  The head bands are not only functional but highly decorative. Time will be spent practicing and then applying these unique headbands to your text block. The covers are assembled using leather elements and decorative paper. Finally, the text block and covers will come together for your very own luxurious Islamic book form.

Materials will be supplied. Some experience paring leather is recommended. Although tools will be provided, if available it is recommended that the participants bring their own paring knife.

Stuart Hill has studied bookbinding under the guidance of Betsy Palmer Eldridge, Don Taylor, Dan Mezza, Karin Scheper, and Rose Newlove. With a background in engineering and architecture, his keen interest is in the discovery of book structures. Please visit Stuart’s website: www.georgehillco.com.

 Howard Iron Works Museum - 800 Westgate Road, Oakville ON

Date: Sat-Sun May 13-14, 2023

Hours: 10 - 5 PM

Course fee: $210 members/non-members

Prerequisite: see Notes


Materials: Provided courtesy of Geo Hill & Co.

Registration closes: Wednesday, May 3, 2023, 11:59 PM



This workshop does not have a formal prerequisite, but will be most appropriate for participants who have some bookbinding experience with sewn text blocks and leather working/paring.

For information on Howard Iron Works, please visit their website http://www.howardironworks.org/index.html

The HIW is accessible by public transportation on the Go train to Bronte Station.

Depending on public health status, masks may be required for registrants. Refusal to wear a mask is not grounds for a refund of workshop fees.

Participant-requested cancellations will be accepted up to 3 days prior to the published cut-off date for registration and will be subject to a 10% cancellation fee (a minimum of $5). After that, the full fee will be forfeited. In the event of the workshop being cancelled by CBBAG, the workshop fee will be fully refunded. 

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