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Welcome to my Bookbinding Blog

The making of books, the teaching of bookbinding and the association with other bookbinders and book artists has become the focus and passion of my life. Bookbinding has many aspects and we debate a lot about the precise definitions of various aspects but, working with our hands within this discipline, challenging our skills and creativity is intriguing, frustrating and exciting.
Sydney Bookbinding

Carolingian binding, Medieval books

Carolingian binding back view

This was a fun book to construct. Polished wooden boards with the folded sections sewn in around strong hemp cord. No adhesive was used. I will do another sample using leather covered boards, not so thick, so that the binding …
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More Medieval bindings. Girdle book

Girdle book

A text block was stitched into this soft leather pouch. There is a knob made of clay at the top, covered with the leather. This allows the book to be attached to a belt by simply hooking the knob over …
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Medieval bindings

Nag-Hammadi-book

I became interested in early bindings and came across this one in a book so decided to work out how I could recreate it. It is a soft wallet of leather with the single fold of text paper attached by …
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Sydney Bookbinding