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Fundamentals of Finishing: Blind and Gold Tooling on Leather

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Instructor: Samuel Feinstein
Length: 5 days (9-5, 1-hour lunch)
Skill Level: All
Other prerequisites: None
Maximum students: 8
Materials fee: $175

Member-Early Enrollment: $960
Member Fee: $1,200
Non-Member: $1,275

EEP Deadline: September 4, 2019


In this week-long intensive, students will learn the fundamentals of blind tooling and gold tooling on leather, focusing on straight lines and using a shellac glaire to affix the gold. Line-work is one of the most important, fundamental, and versatile decorative techniques used on tooled bindings and is used in both traditional and contemporary designs. Students will also have time to explore the use of curved lines and small decorative tools within a limited scope, and a brief exploration of egg glaire. A final plaquette will be completed using the techniques covered. This is an introduction for beginners as well as a step forward for those who would like to build on their existing knowledge. The goal of this workshop is to familiarize you with the processes involved and prepare you for further practice. The materials fee covers a book of gold and leather needs. Samuel will provide gold cushions & gold knives for each student to use.

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Samuel Feinstein trained formally at the North Bennet Street School program under Jeff Altepeter and Martha Kearsley.  Since graduating in 2012 he has been in private practice specializing in fine bindings, luxury clamshell boxes, new bindings in period style, and gold finishing for other binders.  His work can be seen on his website.

Earlier Event: July 18
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