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Spring Bookbinding & Letterpress Workshops

Making Books will make you happy! I’ve finally got a list of spring bookbinding and letterpress courses online, most of them in London and Brighton. I am running a couple … Continue reading

March 3, 2015 · Leave a comment

Divide my heart, an ode to my favorite tool

I found a gem at a car boot sale last weekend. Just look a those beauties! Only £6! What a score! And here is our topic today, ladies and gentlemen: … Continue reading

September 30, 2014 · 30 Comments

Not Just for Harnesses Anymore.

Hey there book nerds! What needle do you use? A few years ago my friend Kirin introduced me to my all-time fave, the gauge 19 harness needle. I immediately threw … Continue reading

June 23, 2014 · Leave a comment

Courses in the South of England, Spring 2014

Hello all! It’s that time again. I know you’ve all been waiting and waiting for a shameless workshop plug. Today I am answering your call! Below you’ll find a list … Continue reading

March 19, 2014 · 1 Comment

Put down that mulled wine immediately. We are making bookcloth today.

Happy Holidays! Here, put on this apron and stop drinking. We’ve got work to do. We’re making our own bookcloth today, so tell your family to get lost and let’s … Continue reading

December 23, 2013 · 58 Comments

SALE ! SALE! SALE!

Hello Blog Friends! Happy Thanksgiving from the UK, where no one seems to have noticed? I spent all last weekend selling books and boxes and I JUST CAN’T STOP. I’ve … Continue reading

November 27, 2013 · 6 Comments

What a complete dork does with a day off

Someone, please save me from myself. I had a pretty serious teaching schedule this weekend. Friday, Saturday and Sunday were all devoted to separate full-day workshops in London. When this … Continue reading

October 22, 2013 · 32 Comments

How to trim sections to size without a cutter

Not every house is equipped with a guillotine, board shear, or cutter, but this shouldn’t stop you from being able to trim your sections for your books to identical dimensions. … Continue reading

October 2, 2013 · 26 Comments

The New Bindery

How can I describe the transformation that has taken place? How can I make you understand how my life has changed? Perhaps this photo will help: Uh oh, that made … Continue reading

September 17, 2013 · 18 Comments

Clearing the Decks

I am ready to move forward. I am ready to make something new. I am ready, I am ready, I am ready, but the tiniest bindery in the world is … Continue reading

July 31, 2013 · 10 Comments