A Book Arts Basic Class
by Al Rodríguez
Cost: $40 members/$50 nonmembers
Class limit: 6
For more information contact Sharon
All materials furnished
Tools to bring: Self-healing cutting mat, cutting knife with extra blades, 10-inch 30/60/90 triangle, pen/pencil, bone folder, metal ruler, 1/2 inch flat brush, small hand towel
When punching holes in a signature for sewing a book, a sewing cradle is a handy tool to hold the folded sheets. Learn how to make a sewing cradle that folds flat and is portable. You’ll also make a slipcase for the cradle parts. All materials furnished and pre-cut. This is a fun (it’s always fun hanging out in Al’s garage), easy and practical class resulting in a tool that you can add to your bookbinding toolbox. Experience using a sharp knife (X-Acto, or?) is recommended.
San Diego native, Al Rodríguez, is a retired schoolteacher who taught graphic arts and photography in the San Diego City Schools for 38 years. His life-long interest in paper and printing lead naturally into book arts, an art form that he taught to his students during the final five years of his teaching career. He has served in many capacities with SDBA since his retirement and his work has appeared in many of that organization’s exhibitions. His work is in several private collections including the collections of the Athenaeum Music & Arts Library, La Jolla, and the University of Washington.