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If you want a good solid foundation in bookbinding go to North Bennet St.
School. You can always continue to experiment, but at least you'l understand
how a book functions. It is very sound technically in the traditional sense
which is something I can't say for most of the MFA programs. You'll also be
employable as a binder, which is anonther minus of the book arts programs.
Besides what is an MFA worth anyway? It's an honorable degree, but it
doesn't offer any great employment opportunities.


>        That said, there is a really nice "crafts" school in Boston, Mass.
>called the "North Bennet Street School" and one of their programs is a
>two-year non-degree course in bookbinding.  You'll recieve a certificate and
>diploma upon successful completion but not an Master's Degree.  Oh well.
>        Another school I've stumbled upon in my search is the Columbia
>College Chicago Center for Book and Paper Arts.  I don't know much about
>them but I'm going to send for information to see if they too will consider
>teaching this disabled veteran the laudable craft of bookbinding.
>Phone numbers:  North Bennet Street School
>                39 N. Bennet Street, Boston, MA  02113  (617)227-0155
>                Chicago Center for Book and Paper Arts
>                218 S. Wabash Avenue, 7th Floor, Chicago, IL  60604-2316
>                (312)431-8612
>BTW -- The old days of Jeopardy used to feature gifts and prizes from the
>Speigel Catalogue, and I remember good old Don Pardoe saying: The Spiegel
>Company, Chicago Illinois 60604!
>Call me crazy, but I'm a sucker for quirky little nuances like that!
>(Rather than calling me crazy, I'd prefer to be called Ishmael. (nyuk))
>Rommel JOhn Miller
>a wannabee bookbinder and sometime wise-guy
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