of us enjoy recording our ideas and experiences on paper, either by writing
or drawing, or simply collecting things along the way as we travel. Anyone
can learn the techniques to make beautiful handcrafted books to hold these
thoughts. I hope my workshops will encourage you to have a go.
My interest in historic book structures has grown over the years into a special fondness for the limp vellum style, many examples of which can be found in the historic collections of English and European libraries. The high survival rate of these books can be attributed to the superior quality of the raw materials used to make them and the simplicity, strength and flexibility of the design. For me, the basic form remains unbeaten as a model of functionality. At the same time its highly tactile and visually appealing. It can be made using 3 very basic hand tools and the skills required can be learned quickly its a great model for teaching both beginners and book historians the rudiments of early binding techniques.
By following this early binding method, you will be able to make your own finished book in a single day, gain an understanding of early book structures and learn craft skills that can be developed over time.