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The purpose of the College of Book Arts is to offer an open forum for the exchange of information concerning the arts and technology of medieval book creation.
  • Promote inquiry into a variety of period book arts, papermaking, bookbinding, binding decorations, calligraphy and illumination, wood block prints, printing.

  • Share what we have learned through formal meetings, informal gatherings, classes, demo and display projects, directing those seeking information to knowledgeable members, collecting a library (and cataloging) and being visible at events whenever possible.

  • Participate in the context of the Society for Creative Anachronism and the Kingdom of An Tir by striving to become a recognized college.

The College is an unofficial group within The Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA), a non-profit medeival recreation and re-creation society; History is studied through engaging in historical activities.

The craftmen sought by the college include:
  • woodworkers and leatherworkers
  • leather, parchment and paper makers
  • spinningers and page sewers
  • designers, rulers and prickers
  • scribes and illuminators
  • typesetters and woodblock carvers
  • jewellers and clasp makers
  • embroiderers and repousse workers
  • gilders, leather toolers and stampers
  • booksellers and book writers
  • librarians and archivists

  • Thanks to the Painter's Guild, The Herbal Guild and the College of Metaphysics who have offered inspiration and mentoring in the guild-building process.

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    This site is not an official Society for Creative Anachronism, Inc. website and it does not delineate SCA policy. It is maintained by Evan Burrows and members of the College of Book Arts College. Copyright Evan Burrows © 2000-2001. Last Updated January 2001.