Bookbinding

Bookbinding is a fascinating subject both visually and practically. There are variety of permutations in design and materials - from traditional leather (cow/goat) to bespoke fabric and specialised vegetable derivative material (faux leather).

I love teaching bookbinding because it is a practical subject with clearly defined elements that can be broken down and achieved separately and easily accomplished before going on to the following stage. For more information about teaching, please see the Teach page.

It takes time and practise and there's much to learn, but once you have practised each of the processes several times, not unlike learning to play a musical instrument, it becomes very satisfying to use a book you've made from scratch. They also make excellent personalised gifts. 

Bookbinding Commission

The client asked me to re-cover their cookbook. The original casing had deteriorated to the extent it had completely come away from the text block (torn through the endpapers and whatever material was used to join the text block to the covers). And the client wanted as close a match as possible in colour for the new case binding. They weren't bothered by the age-worn, accumulated character of the pages. 

After reattaching several pages, fitting new endpapers and a mull reinforced backing to the spine, book binder's cloth was used to cover the book boards (printed along the spine with the author, title and publishers names) and the two components glued and pressed together. After which, the spine was set and the pages released into the new binding.

The client was very happy to receive their newly re-bound and much-loved cook book. It was a pleaseure working on it.