he springback binding style is one of the more unusual of traditional binding techniques. Long utilized by trade binderies for account and ledger books, this structure is now popular for guest books.
The unique feature of this structure is apparent when the book is opened and the pages lie so flat that one can write across the gutter. This is accomplished by the combination of "spring" and "levers" which throw the book.
Traditionally these books were covered in a robust cloth such as moleskin or course linen, but leather was also used — especially for presentation guest books.
A description and interactive cut-away depiction of the binding can be found at philobiblon.com/springback.htm.
In this workshop, you will complete one springback binding in the German hand binding style. All materials will be supplied. The binding will be covered in full cloth. Over the course of two days you will make endsheets, sew, forward, build up the spring, and cover the book. You will receive a list of tools to bring, and we ask that you bring a finishing press and cutting mat if possible.
(This workshop is not currently on the schedule. You may to request that we offer it sometime in the future.)