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Entry Deadline - October 1, 2004
threatened with an untimely extinction, we seek to resurrect the style and
promote its use as a canvas for creative binding by organizing a worldwide
springback "Bind-O-Rama," titled Spring[binding] Hath Sprung. While
the title, timing, and play on words may not seem serious, rest assured, we
are serious about promoting this style of binding
As a style, the springback is firmly rooted in the 'trade' binding tradition.
The springback's robustness, and ability to lie flat and open for extended
periods of time without stressing the spine unduly make the structure ideal
for use as account and record books. These same qualities make it suitable
for guestbooks, lectern Bibles, and similarly used books. Regrettably the
structure has not seen much use on fine bindings or in contemporary book art,
especially as the structure would be a suitable platform for many elements
of design bindings. It's thick boards would provide a canvas for more sculptural
or inset designs. With some minor modification it could also serve as a means
of presenting pop-up constructions.
Workshops and presentations have been made on the subject in the United States
at MCBA, for the Austin Book Workers, for
the New England and Mid-west Chapters of the Guild
of Book Workers and at the Guild's Standards of Excellence seminar.
The style is also still required learning for apprentices in Germany. Articles
on the style have appeared in the New Bookbinder and will soon appear
in the Guild of Book Workers' Journal. A bibliography
is included at the bottom of this page, including links to online tutorials
for both the English and German style.
In either the English or German style, design and complete a creative springback
binding. The book can be bound in any workable material (cloth, leather, paper,
...) and incorporate any number of decorative techniques, including edge treatments, visible structure and cut-outs, inlays and onlays... The main intent of this exhibition is to have fun re-purposing the technique.
Entry & Submission Information:
Three digital images (640 x 480 pixels @ 72dpi, jpg file format) of your
fully functional springback:
Images must show:
- View looking at top edge with book flat on surface
- Book held open at center
- Any other view which shows the book from its best side
- Files should be named as binder's name-1.jpg... (e.g. verheyen-1.jpg,
- Images must meet these guidelines to be accepted and be of good quality.
A very brief description including:
- Binder's Name
- Location (City, Country)
- Description of design (including English or German style)
- Instructor / Where learned
- All information must be included to be accepted.
Maximum Number of Entries:
- NONE - This is for the greater glory of the springback.
Entries will be compiled into an online catalog, which will be viewable here on
the Book Arts Web
Binders who plan to attend the Guild of Book Worker's Standards of Excellence
seminar in Providence, Rhode Island, USA, are encouraged to bring their book
for an impromptu show and tell at the Friday Forum.
Interactive cut-away diagram for German Style:
Move cursor over image for explanation
Description of the style:
Don Etherington and Matt Roberts. Bookbinding and the Conservation
of Books: A dictionary of descriptive terminology. Washington, D.C.:
Government Printing Office, 1982.
Middleton, Bernard C. (1996) A History of English Craft Bookbinding,
New Castle, DE: Oak Knoll Press.
Government Printing Office (1962) Theory and Practice of Bookbinding,
Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office.
Hasluck, Paul N. (1912) Bookbinding, Philadelphia: David McKay.
Mason, John. (1933) Bookbinding and Ruling, London: Sir Isaac
Pitman & Sons, Ltd. This is volume 5 of The Art and Practice of
Printing: A work in six volumes, William Atkins, Editor.
Pleger, John. (1924) Bookbinding, Chicago: Inland Printing Company.
Vaughan, Alex J. (1996) Modern Bookbinding, London: Robert Hale.
Verheyen, Peter D. (2004) The
Springback in the English Tradition.
Whetton, Harry (1946) Practical Printing and Binding: A complete guide
to the latest developments in all branches of the printer's craft,
London: Odhams Press Limited.
Henningsen, Thorwald (1969) Handbuch für den Buchbinder,
St. Gallen: Rudolf Hostettler.
Kersten, Paul (1921) L. Brade's Illustrieres Buchbinderbuch: Ein Lehr-
und Handbuch der gesamten Buchbinderei und aller in dieses Fach eingeschlagenden
Techniken, Halle: Verlag von Wilhelm Knapp.
Lüers, Heinrich (1943) Das Fachwissen des Buchbinders, Stuttgart:
Max Hettler Verlag.
Moessner, Gustav (1969) Die Täglichen Buchbinderarbeiten,
Stuttgart: Max Hettler Verlag.
Verheyen, Peter D. and Conn, Donia. The
Springback: Account Book Binding. London: Designer Bookbinders,
The New Bookbinder, Vol 23, 2003.
Wiese, Fritz (1983) Der Bucheinband: Eine Arbeitskunde mit Werkszeichnungen,
Hannover: Schlüterische Verlagsanstalt und Druckerei.
Wolpler, Florian. Der
Sprungrücken. Online tutorial, in German. Part of the Website
Zahn, Gerhard (1990) Grundwissen für Buchbinder: Schwerpunkt Einzelfertigung,
Itzehoe: Verlag Beruf + Schule.