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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

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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Leather dying experiments

Leather-dying

Over a couple of weeks my students experimented with some interesting leather dying techniques. Some I have been experimenting with for some time. Results are always unexpected and often very interesting effects. We all made small soft covered journals working …
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Television promotional book commission

Books-being-made

A great project to be involved with. A unique commission to bind 15 books as promotional items for a proposed television series of a story based on the Snowy Mountain Hydro Scheme. We chose a rugged canvas book cloth and …
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Binding for talented student

Text-printed

A delightful custom binding completed for a very talented year 12 student for her Design and Technology course. It is a recipe book giving one tempting sweets recipe for every week of the year.  All recipes are from her Russian grandmother. …
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Simple binding but interesting project

Oriental stitching for hard cover

A very interesting project has come up my stairs. A series of books made for presentation for funding a proposed television show about the Snowy Mountain Scheme. The essence of the story revolves around one person – a German doctor. It explores the …
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Sydney Bookbinding