Calling absolute beginners and the established enthusiast: to learn, improve skills or master a new approach

From new binding methods to repair & restoration techniques,

incorporating fine design binding and many other associated disciplines,

there will always be something to challenge and inspire you

Whatever your level of ability,

a personally tailored one-to-one approach is available that will yield good results,

working at your own pace step-by-step,

one-to-one or in a group setting

There are several courses available below,

giving you the opportunity to work within a relaxed but focused learning environment.

Materials, bespoke handouts and refreshments are included

Bookbinding: An Introduction

Absolute Beginners Course

Learn about elements of the book; the mysteries of grain direction; materials and essential tools to get you started on your Bookbinding odyssey.

Two projects are tackled to introduce you to working with the tools and materials in a manageable way. A Single-section Paper Cover and a Hardcover Notebook will be completed on this one-day taster course. Materials and tools are provided
1 Day Course (6Hrs): £180 per person

Paper Covered Softcover & Quarter Cloth Hardcover Single-Section Notebooks

Basic Bookbinding: A Beginners follow on

Following on from the Introductory Course.

Here we will achieve two multi-section sewn bindings, and experience hand tooling with gold foil

1 Day Course (6Hrs): £180pp

Full and Quarter Cloth Multi-Section Notebooks.
sewing a book
quarter cloth binding

Advanced Bookbinding: A Progression - Intermediates / Improvers

This course is aimed at those with good experience of basic bookbinding technique.

Topics covered will be quarter and/or half leather binding; leather paring (with machine, spokeshave and knife),

hand-sewn silk end-bands, made endpapers and laced-on board attachment. Traditional gold tooling
3 day course: £600 pp

traditional half leather binding
Bookbinding course hand sewn headbands
bookbinding course setting the slips
Bookbinding course spine lining
quarter leather binding

Repair & Restoration - Intermediates / Improvers

Covering topics such as - the safe dis-binding of a book; paper/page repairs; joint-tacketing; colour matching techniques when retaining original boards for cloth and leather re-backing; cleaning and polishing methods
3 Day course: £540 pp

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antiquarian book restoration

Fine Design Binding: An Exploration in Artistic Expression of the Book

Intermediates / Advanced Masterclasses

Free your creative side taking your Bookbinding into the sphere of personal artistic expression.

This course shall concentrate on paper decoration; text edge decoration; double (head)end-banding; leather dying techniques; leather as decoration (onlay, inlay, sanded, puckered, relief etc); unconventional tooling with gold and coloured foil - a time to unleash ones imagination

3 Day course: £450pp

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fine contemporary design binding

Please arrive for 09:50 for a 10:00 start, breaking for lunch between 12:30 - 13:30, finishing at 16:30 - 17:00.

Tea, coffee and biscuits are provided and there are facilities for storing and cooking food so please bring along some lunch. There is a Spar shop and Subway nearby if you wanted to buy something on the day instead.

There is a restroom on site also.

All you need to bring along, apart from some sustenance, is plenty of enthusiasm.

I also provide bespoke one-to-one tuition, running sessions on an hourly basis, charged at £40 per hour; these sessions are very much tailored to your own specific area of interest.

Please contact me here to discuss your aims or projects further

Andrews bookbindery is fantastic! Enough room for people

working, and with all tools and materials which you need.

Andrew explained everything blow-by-blow and is present when you want him for questions.

My placement with Andrew was brilliant, and he is to! Through the exchange of knowledge, learning of new techniques and functions, I can take a lot of experience going forward in my bookbinder career. Thanks a lot for all help, dear hearty man Andrew!

- Angela, Bavaria 

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Just a wee note to say thank you for the 2 days with you, and for working to my agenda and being so tolerant of all my questions.  I have come away feeling that I have a wider understanding of leather design, and a sensible basis for the experimentation that I want to try; as well as the seeds of some skills.

Real skill I know will take many more years in the developing, through more teaching and observation; but this is a start and ties up what I felt I missed at another Bookbinding course I attended in the summer - plus you gave so much more

- Rebekah, Scotland