Those interested in bookbinding may attend any of the free workshops offered during the term or drop by for an open studio. No previous experience is necessary, all materials and equipment are provided.

About the Bookbinding Studio

In our bookbinding studio we can teach you how to make a variety of books from traditional hardcover journals to pop-up books. A member of our staff is always here during Open Studio sessions to help you create your book.

With sessions taught by one of our staff and or a visiting artist, the Book Arts Workshop offers classes on several different bookbinding techniques. Workshops are limited to 8 participants and advanced registration is required. Register for a class. Make sure to familiarize yourself with the guidelines.

In addition to training you in your chosen binding style we also offer training and help with the equipment we provide.

students making books in the bookbinding studio

Board Shear

Jacques board shear

Used for cutting large sheets of paper (just a few at a time) or board like mat board or binders board

  • Make/age/where made: Jacques—made in Worcester, MA—1920s
  • Size: Cuts paper/board up to 33 inches
  • Learn more about Jacques board shears.

Book Presses

Shriver book press

Shriver & Co., Low Priced Press No.3
Made in New York, NY, 1890s
10 x 15 inches

Tatum book press

Tatum & Co., Column Copying Press
Made in Cincinnati, Ohio, 1890s
10 x 12.5 inches

Illinis Iron & Bolt book press

Illinois Iron and Bolt Co, Style B-N0. 3(?)
Made in Carpentersville, Illinois, 1890s
9 x 11 inches


Used for cutting many sheets of paper in a stack at once.

  • Make/age/where made: Challenge, manual, made in Grand Haven, Michigan
  • Size: Cuts paper up to 19 inches
bookbinding guillotine