The Drum Leaf Binding - Online - 2024WKSP-02-08

  • 08 Feb 2024
  • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
  • Online using Zoom
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ONLINE: The Drum Leaf Binding with Andrew Huot

Please join the waitlist and if we get enough interest we will try to run a second session! 

This course will cover the Drum Leaf Binding, contemporary book structure that is influenced by historic bindings. The Drum Leaf Binding uses adhesive alone to connect the pages and cover. Each book has flush edges and opens flat, which is ideal for sketchbooks, journals, or artists’ books.

We will also discuss a variety of paper choices and edge decorating techniques so you can personalize your books. Ideal when you want to avoid imposition or thread running down the gutter of your pages.

Andrew Huot is a book artist, bookbinder, printer, and conservator in Scarborough, ON, where he operates Big River Bindery, a studio for bookmaking, letterpress printing, and book conservation. He holds a Masters in Book Arts from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia and a BS in Printmaking from Portland State University.

His artists’ books use photographs, linoleum cuts, and text to share the humorous side of everyday life around us. His artists’ books are in collections across the country, from the Art Institute of Chicago to Yale University. Andrew teaches online and in his own studio, taught at the University of Illinois School of Information Science and workshops across the US and in Canada at CBBAG, the John C Campbell Folk School, Book Arts LA, the International Preservation Studies Center, and the Guild of Book Workers, among others. His website is

Location: ONLINE using Zoom
Dates: Thursday, February 8, 2024
Hours: 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. (EASTERN TIME)
Course fee: $65 members / $125 non-members
Prerequisite: none
Maximum Enrollment: 16
Registration closes Monday, Feb 5, 2024, 11:59 PM EST

This is a live workshop, but it will be recorded, and links will be made available for the registrants to view until available until March 11, 2024.

Materials Required:
Unless noted, all materials are grain direction parallel to the spine. Dimensions below are (height) x (width).

  • Cover weight (card stock) paper. Grain head to tail. Suggestion: purchase card stock 12” x 12”  (30.48 cm x 30.48 cm) papers at craft stores, cut down to 6” (15.24 cm) tall by 8” (20.32 cm) sheets grain short. Feel free to fold before class into single folios. 10 pieces or so.
  • Waste Paper in 2” (5 cm) wide strips
  • Wax Paper in 2” (5 cm) wide strips
  • 2 pieces of Binders Board – same size as folded folios, grain head to tail
  • Decorated paper for covers – 2” (5 cm) wider in width and length to boards, grain head to tail
  • Japanese Paper
  • Cambric cloth or Jaconette (cloth used to line spines of books). Mull or super not ideal but acceptable if that’s what you have at home.
  • Book cloth for spine - height of book plus 2” tall by 4” wide.
  • PVA Glue

Tools Required

  • Bone Folder
  • Craft Knife – X-Acto, Olfa, Scalpel, etc.
  • Metal Ruler
  • Cutting Mat
  • Scissors
  • Glue brush

Optional, but recommended:

Online Workshop Process:
Materials should be prepared in advance of the workshop to the specifications which will allow participants to take the best advantage of the live format. Please review the technical requirements below prior to registration to be sure you can participate. Questions should be directed to

Technical requirements for participation:
  • Access to the internet and to the Zoom application
  • Screen large enough to follow instructor’s video feed (cell phone is not ideal)
  • Microphone or Headset / Webcam
  • How to join a zoom meeting information

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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