Monday, April 23, 2012

Introductory Course in Leather Binding for Beginners to Intermediate Levels

After a series of negotiations we are able to offer an integrated  series of Workshops to help you gain more experience and explore the use of leather in binding. Too many people are wary of this but we are offering you the satisfaction of gaining these skills with the help of professional binders of many years experience.

Saturday 2nd  The Important First Step

Graham Stone will help you to Sew book sections on 4 cords, using a sewing frame, in the peace of the Bindery where the phone will not interrupt you as you develop a rhythm. Prepared book blocks are needed for the  binding workshops. The sections will be provided by the Guild.
Half Day   Afternoon   From 12.30- 4.00 pm   $30

Saturday 16th
Experience Book Decoration  Methods.
Some of the enjoyment of binding comes from the decoration of books and the Guild has both an edge gilding machine and a blocking machine. Edges can also be coloured and painted.  Graham Stone and Adrienne Allen will demonstrate these techniques to small groups during the day.
Full Day $65

Saturday 7th

Wayne Stock will teach a Workshop on Sharpening and Using Leather Paring Tools followed by a session of leather paring. This will be further experience for beginners or  a useful revision for other binders.
Full Day $65

Saturday   21st
David Newbold will teach  Making a Case Binding with a Leather Spine. The text block will be provided by the Guild already sewn.    The boards will be covered with book cloth or paper from the  bindery stocks and the spine will be covered with leather. This will give you experience with a  classic book binding style. There will also be demonstrations of a full leather case and an alternate extra letterpress.
Full Day $75 includes some materials

Saturday and Sunday 18/19th

 Garry Lavis will be the Tutor for a weekend course on Letterpress Binding a book block sewn on cords that will be prepared by you before the class, as it takes two days to teach the forwarding process.
Two Days $150 includes some materials. More details under the Pages heading of the blog.

Please seee How to book page for more information.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Letterpress Binding with Garry Lavis

Saturday/Sunday August 18/19, 2012

Tutor: Garry Lavis

Garry is an experienced binder and TAFE teacher.

Workshop Description

Letterpress Binding of a text block previously sewn on four recessed cords, laced into the cover boards, half bound in leather with raised bands  on the spine, sides covered with bookcloth.

Using  the following Tools

Bone folder, cutting and paring knives,  board shears, straight edge, hammer, awl, paring stone, pencil and notebook.

The Bindery has tools to lend to participants if required.


Cartridge paper or similar for end leaves, approx.120gsm, bookcloth, headbands, strawboard,(2400 um), paste, PVA. Leather will be provided.

Skills Practiced

Sewing sections, and lacing in cover boards on recessed cords, preparing and affixing of end papers, spine linings, attaching head bands and raised spine bands, rounding and backing the textblock, paring leather both by hand and machine and binding in leather with raised bands.

See the Link below for information on How to Book


Wednesday, April 18, 2012





Kindle your interest in the permanence and beauty of books hand bound and exhibited by members of the NSW Guild of Craft Bookbinders.  Traditional hand tooled bindings in leather and vellum in the English and European styles by Sydney professional binders will be shown; others will represent contemporary design bindings in which the binder expresses a response to the text of the book.  Members of the Study Groups will show a Chinese scroll, medieval Coptic and Islamic books.  Come and see artist and architectural books, which focus on artistic content, rather than text. Some of these books will also form an exhibition called Library Bound which will be circulated to interested Libraries, so that people can see how a book is made and watch a member demonstrate how a book is hand sewn. Bookbinding is deeply historical and tells the story of our shared heritage in all cultures and from all continents.
Viewing of this collection is free to all.

Where: NSW Writers Centre, Callan Park, Balmain Road, Rozelle
Dates: May 4th to 30th 2012
Opening Hours: Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm,   Saturday 9am to 1pm
Transport by car: Enter at the traffic lights in Balmain Rd opposite Cecily Street, or, at lights on the corner of Perry and Wharf Roads, opposite Orange Grove School and follow the green signs to the Writers Centre.  
Bus: 440 and 445 stop on  Balmain Road near both entrances. 500 series buses stop on Victoria Road near Balmain Road.
Lilyfield Light Rail stops in Lilyfield Road

Please forward to interested friends.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Writers' Centre Exhibition May 2012

Preparations are moving along for the Exhibition. 
If you are unable to come to the opening, 5.30 to 7 Friday night 4th May, (still time to reply) and you want to put a book in the exhibition,  remember that the Bindery will be  closed on 25th April, but there will be someone there all day on Saturday 28th.  Printable entry forms for the Writers’ Centre and the Travelling Exhibition were attached to two recent emails and Exhibition Coordinator Monica Oppen has printed a small supply and left them at the Bindery.

The exhibition will be on view in the foyer of the Writers’ Centre until Wednesday 30th May, after which you may collect your books.