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Old Ways Bookmaking and Tool Workshops by Jim Croft

March 19, 2008

If you’re interested in learning how to make a historical wooden-board model from start to finish, then you can’t go wrong with Jim Croft’s intensive Old Ways class being held this summer.  The tool intensive workshop runs from June 24 – June 25, and the bookmaking workshop goes from June 26-July 11.  Here’s a list, taken from his website, of some of the things he’ll teach in the bookmaking class:

Toolmaking and sharpening:

Two Days

  • Elk & deer bone folders
  • Locally gathered & cured wood awls
  • Tool sharpening & maintenance
Fiber from stem to thread:

Two Days

  • Learn to process local, imported, sorted, sordid, and recycled hemp & flax
  • Also work with material taken from seed to thread and from fiber to rag or at least stalk to thread
  • Linen fire hose processing
  • Making lye from ash
  • Wood-fired lye cooking, retting, braking & scutching,
  • Hackling, spinning, plying & natural bleaching
  • Hand-cutting fiber

Three Days

  • Using hemp, flax, and cotton pulps
  • Comparisons and contrasts of the beater
  • Meeting the water-powered stamp mill
  • Gelatin tub sizing and wet gelatin pressing
  • Loft drying in spurs
  • Hand burnishing
Bookmaking with Wooden Boards and Clasps:

Five Days

  • Find, harvest, and cure your local woods and learn quarter splitting from the block
  • Sawing, hewing, and shaping by hand or take the easier route board shaping by machine
  • Sawn and planed boards will be cut to length and shaped with rasp, file, plane, hand drill, knife, etc.
  • Learn to tell if a piece of wood would or would not co-operate with your book
  • Plus, learn to form and fit the formerly commonplace, but now often neglected or even negated need for brass clasps

 Third-year students, Elizabeth Bittner and Brenna Campbell, took the class last summer.  Jim Croft visited us here in Austin last January for an amazing tool-making workshop.  Nothing compares to a bonefolder you’ve made yourself, to fit YOUR hand!  Bonefolders, another view...