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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
Sydney Bookbinding

Special workshops next 3 months

Coptic

The following workshops are now open for bookings. Coptic book – A6 size with lots of decorative elements both on the spine area and the covers with papers and cloth. Decorations will perhaps continue into the text area of the …
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Laminated board books with stitching to decorate

Covers-being-decorated

I was very pleased to be asked to give a workshop to the Canberra Craft Bookbinders Guild.  This was a weekend workshop to explore the use of weaving, stitching and beading to decorate a book. Here we chose the Laminated …
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Open hinge binding

Front-cover

Over the last months I have been experimenting with this ‘open hinge’ binding structure. Inspired by an example by Rita Lass in The New Bookbinder Vol. 34. A couple of my students have successfully completed books and I finished one …
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Soft Leather wrap journals

Leather-wrap-journals

Using different toned leathers and designing contrasting closure pieces give a design challenge to the students. Having lots of beautiful marlbed papers to choose from give scope to make the internal area beautiful. Having foil and tools to ‘play’ with …
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Coptic books made by students

Coptic-books

Having time between classes allowed the students to do some attractive designing on covers, spine and internal pages. The use of marbled papers also gave scope to make the books special. We were all very pleased with the results and …
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Sydney Bookbinding