in Northern Idaho (near Santa, ID)
Classes are taught by Jim Croft. Room, board and materials are included in the class fee.

For information about bookarts tools and bone folders, please contact us at the address or phone listed below.
See information regarding creature comforts at the Croft home.


W O R K S H O P   D E S C R I P T I O N S
Each class within a workshop is available separately; please inquire.
WOODEN BOARD AND CLASP INTENSIVE
June 16, 2014 - June 26, 2014
9 Class Days, plus 1 day each arrive/depart
$950 including room and board
Build two books in this 9 day intensive workshop, learning many things including:
  • Find, harvest, and cure your local woods
  • Quarter splitting from the block
  • Sawing, hewing, and shaping by hand or
  • Take the easier route board shaping by machine
  • Sawn and planed boards will be cut to length
  • Boards will be shaped with rasp, file, plane, hand drill, knife, etc.
  • Learn to tell if a piece of wood would or would not co-operate with your book
  • Plus, learn to form and fit the formerly commonplace, but now often neglected or even negated need for Brass Clasps
OLD WAYS OF MAKING BOOKS FROM RAW MATERIALS
July 1, 2014 - July 16, 2014
14 Class Days, plus 1 day each arrive/depart. Optional 2 day break. $1,350 including room and board
During this 14 day workshop you will learn how to create bookarts tools by hand, how to process hemp and flax for paper and thread, hand papermaking and how to make books with wooden boards and brass clasps.
Toolmaking and sharpening:
Two Days
  • Elk & deer bone folders
  • Locally gathered & cured wood awls
  • Tool sharpening & maintenance
Fiber from stem to thread:
Two Days
  • Learn to process local, imported, sorted, sordid, and recycled hemp & flax
  • Also work with material taken from seed to thread and from fiber to rag or at least stalk to thread
  • Linen fire hose processing
  • Making lye from ash
  • Wood-fired lye cooking, retting, braking & scutching,
  • Hackling, spinning, plying & natural bleaching
  • Hand-cutting fiber
Papermaking:
Three Days
  • Using hemp, flax, and cotton pulps
  • Comparisons and contrasts of the beater
  • Meeting the water-powered stamp mill
  • Gelatin tub sizing and wet gelatin pressing
  • Loft drying in spurs
  • Hand burnishing
Bookmaking with Wooden Boards and Clasps:
Five Days
  • Find, harvest, and cure your local woods and learn quarter splitting from the block
  • Sawing, hewing, and shaping by hand or take the easier route board shaping by machine
  • Sawn and planed boards will be cut to length and shaped with rasp, file, plane, hand drill, knife, etc.
  • Learn to tell if a piece of wood would or would not co-operate with your book
  • Plus, learn to form and fit the formerly commonplace, but now often neglected or even negated need for brass clasps




Inquiries can be sent to:
Jim Croft
Box 211
Santa, ID
83866
Ph - 208-245-3043
Cell - 208-874-3443
Email: traditionalhand@gmail.com