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Bookbinding Workshops:  Spring 2019

The following bookbinding workshops will be held on Saturdays from 10:00 to 5:00 at the Courtyard Studios Bindery in Irvine.  The bindery is fully equipped with work stations for up to 6 students.  The Courtyard Studios are easy to reach by road or rail with ample free parking
Bookings can be made by using the Paypal buttons below, or, places can be reserved by email: tmcewan@ed-co.net or call 07851416048.


Open House
Saturday March 16th

An opportunity to bring along a current bookbinding project that you’re working on or are about to start.  This could, for instance, include: repair work, case binding, leather binding, box making, decorative paper or leather work, gold tooling etc – anything goes!

Alternatively, if you’re new to bookbinding this would be a great opportunity to learn the basics by completing a few simple exercises in paper folding, cutting, sewing and case making.



Deluxe Paste Papers & Marbling

Saturday, April 27th

A day of decorative paper making. The morning session will focus on how to create paste papers using wheat starch and acrylic paints with metallic dust and other refinements. The afternoon will concentrate on traditional paper marbling techniques.


Bradel-Style Binding
Saturday, May 18th
A style of binding based on the ‘Bradel’ structure with additional elements borrowed from the ‘Millimetre’ binding.  The structure has paste paper covered boards with a leather spine.  The sections are sewn on cords.
Some previous bookbinding experience would be an advantage.

Maximum class size of only 5 students.  All materials provided.
Price:  £75.00



Box Making
Saturday, June 22nd.
How to make an A5 drop-back box with coloured buckrams and paper over greyboard.  This is the traditional box, sometimes referred to as a ‘Solander’ box commonly used to protect books or documents from impact damage or dust penetration.  Although practical in nature, drop-back boxes can be very attractive objects, especially when decorative papers are used in their construction.
Some previous bookbinding experience would be an advantage. 

Maximum class size of only 5 students.  All materials provided.
Price:  £75.00




 Bindery Hire:


Bindery Hire:

In addition to attending Workshops, bookbinding students can also hire the bindery to work on their own projects or obtain assistance with more specialised work.  Two levels of hire are available:  Standard Bindery Hire comes with basic technical assistance and is only suitable for students with existing experience and able to work on their own projects.   Supported Bindery Hire includes full technical assistance and practical support.  This level of hire is more suitable for beginners or for students who require specialised tuition on advanced techniques.

Standard Bindery Hire:

£20 per day or £90 for a 5-day block booking.

Bindery Hire with support and technical assistance:

£50 per day or £225 for a 5-day block booking.

Personal, one-to-one tuition can also be arranged.

  • Block bookings needn’t be on consecutive days and can include weekends.
  • Hire rate includes use of all equipment, handtools and most materials except for leather, certain papers and all marbled or decorated papers.
  • Each day runs from 10:00 to 5:00.
  • Monthly or longer rates are also available on a discounted basis.

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