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purpose of the School for Formal Bookbinding is to provide
instruction in hand bookbinding within the context of the German academic tradition that I learned from my teachers, Trudi and Fritz Eberhardt. Emphasis is placed on the
understanding that a successful hand-bound book is the result of interrelated
decisions about structure, technique and material at every stage of the
The school is located in Northeast Pennsylvania between
Wilkes-Barre and Scranton and is equidistant from New York City and
For 2020, the school had offered the progressive series
of one week classes (Bookbinding 1 through 6) twice.
In the case of classes scheduled in sequential weeks students who sign
up for both classes can do so at a reduced
tuition and housing rate.
Anyone with specific interests or ideas for classes not listed is
encouraged to contact us.
In early 2014 the School was the recipient of a bequest from the estate of the late Elke Shihadeh. Wife of Philadelphia area bookbinder Fred Shihadeh, Elke was herself an accomplished binder and conservator. Her wish was that the remaining leather and paper in her shop would be donated to a school. As a result, students here will have access to a wide range of leathers and papers for their projects. We are extremely grateful for this generous gift.
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|Due to current circumstances the 2020 classes are cancelled. Check back toward the end of the year for 2021's schedule, and thanks for your understanding.
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classes have a maximum of three participants and a minimum of 1.
t u i t i o
Tuition has gone up a bit this year: $260 for two-day classes; $650 for five-day classes; $1040 for two sequential five-day classes (a 20% discount). Material fees are listed with each class. A
deposit is requested to hold a place in a workshop: $50 for a weekend,
$100 for longer classes. Deposits should be received, at the latest,
two weeks before the class runs. We will also need to know whether
housing is needed. Fees are payable by check, Mastercard, Visa, Discover or American Express.
h o u s i n
Due to health considerations the School will not be offering housing for classes this year.
The following local motels have reasonable rates and are located no more than 15 minutes from the school:
Fox Ridge Inn
1145 St. Highway 315
Distance: 3.1 miles
Single $40/night (includes tax)
310 St. Highway 315
Distance: 6.1 miles
Single $37.95/night plus tax
Microtel Inn and Suites
1185 Highway 315
Wilkes Barre, PA
Distance: 3 miles
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Please be aware that the school is home to two
very friendly rescued cats. The house at 35
Powell St. is
animal free. If you have any concerns please contact us.