Wooden Coptic Books

Developed as early as the fourth century, this Ethiopian binding style has withstood the test of time. There are several distinct sewings known as Coptic. In this workshop you will learn a method using two needles for each length of thread, one on either end, that tunnels through the edge of the wooden covers to attach the text block.
The combination of historic sewing style,wooden boards and type of board attachment are the distinguishing characteristic of this Ethiopian style Coptic binding.

In order to gain a better understanding of the basics of woodworking, you will use simple hand tools when you drill, shape and smooth your book covers. Techniques demonstrated include bare wood finishing, methods of weathering and distressing covers with paints and stains, mica windows, inlays, clasps and other closures, and the incorporation of metal, bone, leather and found objects.