Book restoration for beginners

Do you have any old books that you would love to have mended?  Here is an opportunity to learn how to repair them yourself on a one-day course.  We will consider running a two-day course next year if this is popular.  The tutor will be Stephen Cook.  Click on his name to see more about him.

Course outline:

This one day session is aimed at the novice bookbinder. No previous experience will be assumed. The day will cover simple repair projects: replacing endpapers, rebacking books (where the original spine has separated from the book),  repairing worn corners, recasing books in new cloth covered boards, simple gilt decoration. Students should bring a selection of repair projects with them. These can be discussed with the tutor who will advise which project(s) are suitable for the day's work. Everyone should complete 1 or 2 projects in the time allowed. It is NOT recommended that anyone bring leather book repair projects to a one day course. 

Hand tools and most materials are included, though a small additional charge may be required if more expensive 'specialist' materials are used. It is strongly advised that notebooks and digital cameras are used to record the different stages of work.

Please note: Bookbinding involves the use of extremely sharp blades and sometimes very hot equipment. Students are responsible for working safely. 

Because you will need careful attention, there are only six places available, so do book early.

This course is now full but do ring me, Anne, on 01787 229955 if you would like to go on the reserve list, or email [email protected], with your mobile number.


Stephen Cook
Sunday, 8 November, 2015

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What to Bring

Notebook & pen

Digital camera for recording the stages of the work.


There may be a charge according to the cost of the materials you use.