Les Mains Guidées: Traditional Book Binding

When: 01-Apr-2017 - 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Where: Cooking School

Vermilionville is continuing to host monthly workshops that will allow you to learn crafts from our master artisans. On the first Saturday of every month (unless noted otherwise), we will highlight a different craft from the old Acadian, Creole and Native American ways of life. Topics will range from woodcarving to textiles to foodways and many things in between.

During April's workshop, Vermilionville Director of Museum Operations Brady McKellar will be teaching the traditional book binding. This workshop can accommodate 12 participants, and the $50 participation fee must be paid in advance. Together with the class, you will go through each step, from folding paper and sewing the signatures, to casing and attaching the cover. Each student will leave with their own blank-page journal, as well as the tools (an awl, a bone folder, a ruler, brushes, etc.) and knowledge to continue making books at home. To register, click here, or call 337.233.4077 or e-mail Vville@BayouVermilionDistrict.org.


Brady McKellar is Vermilionville’s Director of Museum Operations. He’s also a professional theatre performer, designer and craftsman. Brady has served on faculty at Dillard University, Tulane University and the University of Louisiana. He completed his Masters of Fine Arts in Design with an emphasis on historical construction at the University of Southern Mississippi. He is a regular speaker for the Southeastern Theatre Conference and is a member of the Costume Society of American, Puppeteers of America, UNIMA-USA, the National Registry of Living Historians and the National Association for Interpretation. Brady has over thirty years of Living History experience in periods ranging from Medieval Europe to Pre-colonial America to the War of 1812 to the American Civil War. He has worked for the Roanoke Island Historical Association, as an advisor for the Vicksburg National Military Park and has presented at numerous reenactments and museums.