Cigar Box Journal- Two Needle Coptic
Saturday, October 26th, 11-4pm
Instructor: Richard Pollock- Nelson
This sturdy journal has two unique features: repurposed wooden cigar boxes for covers and a two needle Coptic stitch binding that dates to the second century A.D. Bookbinder Richard Pollock-Nelson experimented with different Coptic sewing techniques to find one that could handle the heavier covers. He found that a two-needle variation plus extra stitching at the front and back of the covers results in a strong book that opens flat for easy writing or sketching. Richard starts the class by going over some basic bookbinding terminology. Then the work begins. You’ll learn how to create a paper jig and will work with multiple needles to bind the signatures and the covers together with the Coptic stitch. Richard provides a variety of pre-drilled cigar box covers for you to choose from for your journal. Check out the colorful display of his books in the store or his website to get an idea. His techniques also work with other hard, thick surfaces such as acrylic and wood panels. He’ll explain in class how to modify the journal measurements for other sizes and types of covers. There are so many fun possibilities!
All materials provided
Cancellations made up to 14 days prior to the first class meeting will be refunded or, at the participant's option, used to pay for another class. Two Hands Paperie will retain a $10 processing fee for EACH class cancelled by a participant. After 14 days, there is no refund or credit. In addition, the fee for a class cancelled within this 14-day timeframe by a participant cannot be transferred to pay for another class. These policies are to ensure that teachers are compensated for their investment in materials and in time spent preparing for the class. We reserve the right to cancel a class if fewer than 3 students enroll 48 hours prior to the scheduled class time. If for any reason Two Hands Paperie cancels a class, students will be called at the phone number on file and refunded the FULL class fee.
Richard Pollock-Nelson’s love of fountain pens led him to bookbinding. While at the San Francisco International Pen Show in 2012 he bought himself a handmade journal. Looking at it, Richard decided he could make one himself. Though he hadn’t had any classes and, in his words, didn’t know what he was doing, he figured things out. His Christmas gifts that year? Lovely handmade journals with faux cowhide covers!
Richard has since embraced bookbinding, attending advanced classes and earning a certification in bookbinding from the San Francisco Center for the Book. He’s best known to the Two Hands Paperie Community for the unusual cigar box journals carried in the store. Two of them were displayed at the American Bookbinders Museum in San Francisco during an annual exhibit held by the Hand Bookbinders of California. Besides cigar boxes, Richard also enjoys working with goat leather, Japanese paper, hand marbled papers, and other specialty materials.
Richard still loves fountain pens and continues to attend pen shows, but now as an exhibitor selling his handmade journals. They are, of course, fountain pen friendly. Learn more about Richard’s work at www.handbounddesigns.com.