Finishing Tools Workshop with Jeff Altepeter

The New England Chapter of the Guild of Book Workers is excited to announce the following workshop with Jeffrey Altepeter.

Making Simple Finishing Tools with Jeffrey Altepeter
June 25 – 26

Workshop Description:

Finishing tools are readily available from P&S Engraving, tool auctions, E-bay and other sources. For traditional design nothing really beats a collection of decorative finishing tools. But making your own tools can offer more immediate control in the design process, the ability to modify as you work, and the ability to do more unique work. Making tools is also gratifying and fun.

This workshop will offer an introduction to the materials, tools and techniques of making your own brass finishing tools for bookbinding. A combination of demonstration, discussion and hands-on practice will prepare students for continued experimentation and more advanced future projects. During the workshop students should be able to complete 3 or more tools—a simple line pallet (an indispensable tool for any collection), a scribe-like tool similar to the “Ascona” tool used for blind tooling curvilinear designs, and at least one decorative tool of either closed or open design (a dot and a circle being very basic examples of closed and open designs).

A material fee of $25 will cover supplied material to make three tools, including handles. Additional tool blanks will be available for sale but you will also get plenty of information about resources for your future projects.

Third Year Studio
369 Congress Street, Floor 6
Boston, MA 02210

June 25 – 26, 2016 (Saturday – Sunday)
9:00am – 4:00pm

$150 – Members
$200 – Non-members

Material Fee: $25 (paid directly to Jeffrey Altepeter at beginning of workshop)

For more information and to register for the class, click the following link:


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