iBB Podcast #13.2 – Peter Geraty – American Academy of Bookbinding / Show & Tell of Bindings

Peter was a guest on our podcast recently, and we just published the second part of our talk. Every one of the binding Peter showed us during our talk has bindings has something special about it. ‘Misery’ has typewriter keys embedded into its front cover. The next book shown here has its covers made with etched copper plates. Peter talks about each of them on the podcast.

However, before talking about the bindings, we spend some time discussing the American Academy of Bookbinding and Peter’s tenure as a teacher and the Integrated Studies Program Director there.



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00:00 – Beginning
00:28 – Introducing the American Academy of Bookbinding (Telluride, CO)
04:55 – Integrated Studies Program launched by Peter at the AAB
08:28 – AAB Diploma vs. taking separate courses
12:53 – AAB facilities and vibe
14:47 – How much time Peter has to spend in Telluride?
16:41 – Combining the management of his own bindery with work at the Academy
18:55 – Three semesters at the AAB. Rotation of courses
22:43 – Price of accommodation in Telluride
24:10 – Sizes of classes
26:09 – Favorite students and favorite types of students
29:22 – AAB in 2020 and plans for 2021 and online courses
33:03 – Show & Tell of bindings at Peter’s bindery
34:19 – Binding with a cover made of etched copper plate
39:06 – A texturized double goat-skin cover reminiscent of the Earth’s surface topography
43:21 – Gilding 3 edges on 42 copies of a book
44:03 – Misery by Stephen King with typewriter keys embedded into the cover

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