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custom workshops & private lessons

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custom group workshops

Burdock & Bramble can design a bookbinding workshop just for you. We'll bring a custom-tailored class to your location in Central PA/Harrisburg, Baltimore, Philadelphia, Washington DC, and surrounding areas, or you can bring your group for a retreat at our workshop in Boiling Springs, PA. We can accomodate up to 10 participants per session.

3 hour minimum/session, flexible dates and times

$100 per contact hour, plus $10/person materials
travel expenses additional outside the Harrisburg area

call 410-246-4260 to schedule

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journals for 2

Looking for a great gift for a friend or an easy way to get started with bookbinding? In this personalized, hands-on workshop, you and a friend will each make a 5" x 8" hard-cover blank book, perfect for writing or drawing.

3.5 hour workshop, flexible dates and times

Dogwood Lane Studio, Boiling Springs, PA
$160 per session (includes all materials for 2 bookbinders)

call 410-246-4260 to schedule

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custom private lessons

We offer personalized, hands-on bookbinding & book arts private lessons in addition to our regular group workshops. Check out all the details below and contact us to schedule.

1.5 hour, 3.5 hour, or full-day workshops, flexible dates and times

Dogwood Lane Studio, Boiling Springs, PA
see pricing below

call 410-246-4260 to schedule

your private bookbinding lesson questions answered:

Who teaches the private lessons?

Hi, I'm Heather O'Hara, and I've been printing and binding books, and teaching book arts and printmaking for over ten years. I love working with new and experienced bookbinders, and I can help you learn to bind if you are just starting out, or I can help you trouble-shoot your own bookbinding projects.

When can we bind?

I have times available weekdays from 9am–2:30pm, as well as weekend openings in both mornings and afternoons. Each session runs 1.5 hours, or you can put two sessions together for a 3-hour bookbinding marathon.

Who is the perfect binder?

You! And your friends, if you want to share. Private classes can be for just yourself or shared by up to 4 people if you would like to organize a group. Absolutely no bookbinding experience necessary. I can also organize specially-designed custom classes for larger groups, corporate team-building retreats, and clubs interested in a unique arts experience.

Where will we meet?

Lessons meet at my studio in Boiling Springs, PA. We can also make arrangements for me to travel to your location in the Harrisburg area if that is more convenient.

What will we do?

I tailor the sessions and projects to your interests. If there is a particular binding that you want to learn or if you have a bookbinding project in mind, I can help. If you've never bound before and you want to learn all the basics, I recommend a 12-session starter series. Over the 12 sessions you'll make 4 hardcover bindings of your choice: case binding, Coptic stitch, stab binding, longstitch, dos-i-dos or clamshell box, as well as softcover models of accordion and other folded, no-glue bindings. Throughout the sessions, we'll discuss material preparation and binding design, culminating at the end of the series in the construction of a blank book entirely of your design. For each book project, you choose your own cover from a selection of solid-color and Burdock & Bramble block-printed cloths.

What do these personalized bookbinding sessions cost?

Each 1.5 hour session costs $60, plus a $10 per person per session materials charge. Since it takes 3 hours to complete most book projects, you'll need at least two 1.5 hour sessions to get started. All bookbinding tools for use during the classes are included.
Here's a sample cost calculation for 4 people sharing a 1.5 hour session: ($60 + (4 x $10)) / 4 = $25 per binder-in-training.
Or if you want me all to yourself, the math is a little easier! $60 + $10 = $70 for 1.5 hours of personal bookbinding attention.

What tools will I need for working at home outside of the lesson?

You probably already have many of the things you need around your home, and for under $80 you can get a full set of basic bookbinding tools. I can provide you with a list of exactly what to purchase. I also offer prepared materials kits for different binding styles if you want to bind additional books similar to the ones we make together in the lessons.

I'm always here to answer questions at heather@burdockandbramble.com or 410.246.4260.