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[DEMONSTRATION] HKU Preservation Series: Springback Binding Demonstration
posted by University Museum and Art Gallery for HKU and Public
Event Type: Public Lecture/Forum/Seminar/Workshop/Conference/Symposium
Event Nature: Culture and Arts

Event Details

In this two-day demonstration, master craftsman Don Etherington will demonstrate the techniques, tools and materials required for the construction of a traditional Springback Binding.

A technique invented by the Englishmen John and Joseph Williams in about 1799, this form has been used ever since in the binding of ledgers and blank books. The purpose of the springback is to cause the book to lie flat so as to facilitate its being written in. Pressure on the sides of the book near the spine causes the book to snap open and shut. The levers assist in this snapping effect, which is enhanced by the fact that the machine direction of the lever boards is at right angles to the length of the spine.

Instructor: Don Etherington
Don Etherington is the Director of Etherington Conservation in Summerfield, North Carolina. Internationally recognized for his innovative designs and implementation of state-of-the-art conservation procedures, Don brings over 45 years of professional experience. After extensive training in England, he established a four-year program in bookbinding and design at Southampton College of Art and has conducted workshops and seminars for colleges, universities and the Guild of Book Workers. Don also holds the position of Fellow in both the American Institute for Conservation and the International Institute for Conservation. Don currently teaches Academy of American Bookbinding courses from his studio in Summerfield.

Date/Time12/10/2017 to 13/10/2017 09:30-17:30
VenueMulit-purpose Zone, 3/F, Main Library, HKU

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