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The making of books, the teaching of bookbinding and the association with other bookbinders and book artists has become the focus and passion of my life. Bookbinding has many aspects and we debate a lot about the precise definitions of various aspects but, working with our hands within this discipline, challenging our skills and creativity is intriguing, frustrating and exciting.
Sydney Bookbinding
Sydney Bookbinding

Leather dying experiments


Over a couple of weeks my students experimented with some interesting leather dying techniques. Some I have been experimenting with for some time.

Results are always unexpected and often very interesting effects.

We all made small soft covered journals working on leather pieces the correct size and trying to reproduce one of the effects created during our experiments. Re-dying and reworking was possible and these notebooks were quite attractive and pleasant to handle.

Some of the processes were quite involved and one had to be patient but, over 3 sessions our notebooks were virtually made.

These booklets/journals would make interesting and unique gifts.

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Television promotional book commission


A great project to be involved with. A unique commission to bind 15 books as promotional items for a proposed television series of a story based on the Snowy Mountain Hydro Scheme. We chose a rugged canvas book cloth and a quite elaborate stitching style for the spine.

It was a real privilege to read of this proposed production. The idea is fascinating, the setting spectacular and the historical information very interesting.

They now need to get the funding and then we can all look forward to a great show under the title of The Scheme

The photography in this presentation is stunning. Accurate to the actual place and time.

I love the variety of commissioned work that come my way and thank my clients for giving me time to design and create something that pleases both of us.


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Binding for talented student


A delightful custom binding completed for a very talented year 12 student for her Design and Technology course.

It is a recipe book giving one tempting sweets recipe for every week of the year.  All recipes are from her Russian grandmother. A clever idea was to have the actual recipes as inclusions in attached envelopes – again one to each page,

Thus the book was very bulky but we designed the covers to suit using the Longstitch style of binding.

The graphics and verses are delightful, not to mention the recipes. The front cover has a window cut out to show one of the 3 Russian dolls featured on the first page.

Both Molly (client) and I were pleased with the result. I am sure she will get very good results for this work.

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New bookcloths to add to our extensive range


We have two new bookcloths to add to our range.

Firstly a soft mauve in the Duo range with that distinctive linen surface.

Secondly a nicely rugged canvas covering material, this has a fairly light tan/brown colouring. It has a paper backing and is as easy to use as any of the other covering materials.

These will be added to our price list with the prices for single and half metres.

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Simple binding but interesting project

Oriental stitching for hard cover

A very interesting project has come up my stairs. A series of books made for presentation for funding a proposed television show about the Snowy Mountain Scheme.

The essence of the story revolves around one person – a German doctor. It explores the relationships that develop around this character but also tell of the unique community that worked on this huge project. Many refugees from war torn Europe, former enemies having to work  together, eat and live together. Lots of tension but lots of healing.

A great story and the book is beautifully photographed to give a real feel as to how this television series is envisaged.

Hope the project gets the necessary funding. A great theme and a great project.

The binding will be a simple Oriental side stitch with a rough, canvas cover.

Because I have an art background I really love custom binding work where I need to design and create not only the binding style but the unique cover design.

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