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Daniel Essig is coming to Vermont!

North Country Studio Workshops logoI was thrilled to discover that from January 26 – 31, 2016, Daniel Essig will be teaching Wooden Books—Greek & Centipede Binding at the North Country Studio Workshops in Bennington, VT.

Dan is an amazing book artist from Asheville, North Carolina who creates hand-bound wooden books and sculptures. According to his website, he primarily uses the Ethiopian-style Coptic stitch in his work – his stitching is impeccable.

His work has been published in a number of books, including The Penland Book of Handmade Books and 1000 Artist Books, Exploring the book as Art. I highly encourage you to visit his website to check out his drool-worthy portfolio.

The upcoming workshop looks fantastic – here’s the blurb about it:

Easily master the centipede stitch by first understanding the structure and workings of this ornate 7th century Greek binding. Using simple hand tools to begin, we will drill, shape, and smooth our wooden book covers. Sealing the covers with milk paint will create a leathery appearance. We will adorn our books with the centipede stitch using two different colors of thread. This elegant sewing structure, combined with wooden covers, opens a wide range of possibilities for both the beginner and the advanced bookbinder.

Registration is open now and the application review process begins June 1st. Start saving your pennies now, ladies and gents – this workshop is going to be awesome!

So what do you think? I'd love to know!

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