This hands-on course will take you on a journey to Medieval Italy, when artisan Monks hand crafted books that have survived to this day. Books were scarce yet contained the world's written wealth. Today, despite of the popularity of digital reading devices, the handmade book offers the opportunity to create a unique and lasting treasure. You will create your own 6" x 9" hard bound sketch book or journal using old world bookbinding methods. You will learn how to stitch and glue folded paper signatures into a book block. Hard covers will be made from reclaimed leather and wallpaper samples. Please bring the following supplies to class: 12" ruler, scissors, pencil, 1/2" brush, Plastic 4" foam paint roller, and leather (an old purse or leather garment is ideal--the thinner the leather, the better).