Workshops & Courses

Upcoming events…

Arthur has been teaching since 2012 and has lectured for organisations including the Society of Bookbinders, West Dean College of Arts and Conservation and (ICON) the Institute of Conservation. Workshops at Green’s Books are in small groups and give step-by-step tuition in various bookbinding and conservation techniques. Unless otherwise stated workshops are held at the studio near Malvern, and run from 10:00am to 4:30pm. Tea/coffee, handouts and materials are included in the fee unless otherwise specified.

For details and booking, please contact emily@greensbooks.co.uk

Cancellation policy: on request, places will be rescheduled subject to availability and at the discretion of Green’s Books. Refunds are as follows: notice of one month or more  = 100% refund; notice of two weeks or more = 75% refund; and 1 week or more = 50% refund. In addition, a £10 fee will be applied to all cancellations.


Japanese stab-binding workshop, 9th November 2019, £100. In this course you will learn the fundamentals of the ancient technique of Japanese stab binding; a versatile style of binding great for single pages with a myriad of beautiful stitching patterns available. We will focus on two of these to produce two books finished with different decorative stitching. Choose from a selection of traditional Japanese papers and reclaimed materials to create bespoke bindings. All tools and materials included but if you have any decorative papers or coloured threads of your own that you wish to incorporate please feel free to bring along to use. Suitable for all levels.

This workshop will be run by award winning bookbinder Mylyn McColl. Mylyn has been working as a professional bookbinder for over 10 years. She learnt the skill training in house at binderies across the UK and developed her fine binding skills studying with Mark Cockram and Kathy Abbott.  She has twice been awarded prizes in the DB annual competition. An active member in the bookbinding community she is currently co-organiser of the Society of Bookbinders International Competition and is on the Society’s London and South committee. She works in a small bindery in London and teaches the craft at a variety of venues and provides tuition from her home bindery. She is a tutor of various courses at the Bound by Veteran project at Shepherds Daffodil Barn in Wiltshire. She loves books, loves binding and loves sharing her skills and joy of the craft.

 


SOLD OUT Leather paring without the blood, sweat and tears, 16th November 2019, £100.  Leather paring is a discipline which often intimidates and can take many years to master but with a systematic approach this need not be the case. This one-day hands-on workshop will introduce safe and effective working methods for paring bookbinding leathers by hand. The course will cover edge-paring, working with a spoke-shave, and thinning down leather with a Scharffix. The course also includes some basic tool selection, maintenance and sharpening. Suitable for anyone struggling with leather paring.

 


ONE PLACE LEFT! Introduction to bookbinding, 29th February 2020, £100. A fun and informative day which will introduce the subject of bookbinding; including tools & materials, terminology and a bit of the history too. You’ll make a simple single-section binding and have a go at hand printing a label. Suitable for all levels with no prior experience required.

 

 

 

 


Sharpening for Bookbinders 14th March 2020, £100 (+ £10 materials fee), Going back to first principles, this workshop will cover the theory of sharpening by hand. The focus of the day will be on sharpening paring knives, and will cover both straight edge but also rounded edge knives. Arthur will cover two popular systems of sharpening: Japanese water stones, and abrasive films on glass (“scary sharpening”). Participants will receive clear instructions on how to get repeatable results and will also get an opportunity to make their own small lifting knife.

 

 


Ethiopian binding, 4th April 2020, £100 (+ £5 materials fee). On this workshop, you’ll take home your very own wooden-board binding. The Ethiopian binding tradition preserves techniques used on the very earliest bindings from antiquity. You’ll sew a multi-section book with a link stitch and fashion and attach your own wooden boards.

 

 

 


Medieval structural endbands and their application in book repair, Venue tbc, 16th May 2020. Endbands (or headbands) on late medieval wooden-board bindings were an integral part of the structure; they acted like extra sewing supports, forming part of the board attachment. Decoration, when applied, was often done as a second operation with coloured threads worked over the primary sewing. This practical workshop will explore a medieval two-part structural endband. The day will start by working two basic, single core, primary endband styles: a figure-of-eight and a back-bead. The session will finish by working a decorative chevron over the primary endband. Arthur will give guidance and advice on how these endbands are worked, and how they can be adapted to provide strong yet minimally interventive repairs. This practical workshop is suitable for those with at least some experience of sewing.

NOTE: The workshop is being hosted for the West Midlands region of the Society of Bookbinders. To book see Society of Bookbinders

 


Hereford Romanesque binding, a five-day course, 17th – 21st August 2020.

This course will start with a visit to Hereford Cathedral’s famous chained library, and the opportunity to see their beautifully preserved collection of locally bound Romanesque bindings. The course will then continue back at Arthur’s studio, where you will make a facsimile of the books you’ve seen that morning. Please contact arthur@greensbooks.co.uk for more details and to register your interest.


A Modified spokeshave for paring leather, 5th September 2020, £200 includes all materials. Spokeshaves are an efficient tool for quickly thinning down bookbinding leather; however, they are manufactured for use with wood and need significant modification to be made suitable for paring leather. This workshop will guide you through all the processes necessary, and you will take away your very own swanky, super-sharp, upgraded spokeshave!

PLEASE NOTE: The fee covers the cost of the workshop as well as a new Stanley 151 spokeshave and a new Veritas A2 blade.

 


Leather paring without the blood, sweat and tears, 19th September 2020, £100.  Leather paring is a discipline which often intimidates and can take many years to master but with a systematic approach this need not be the case. This one-day hands-on workshop will introduce safe and effective working methods for paring bookbinding leathers by hand. The course will cover edge-paring, working with a spoke-shave, and thinning down leather with a Scharffix. The course also includes some basic tool selection, maintenance and sharpening. Suitable for anyone struggling with leather paring.

 


Tight-Back, quarter leather binding, 10th – 11th October 2020, £200.  A two-day workshop for those new to bookbinding who want to move on to the next level. This workshop will take you from folded sheets of paper, all the way through the processes needed to make a traditional, beautiful, flexible leather binding.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


A hybrid drop-back box, 7th November 2020. The hybrid drop-back box takes the best from two well established box making methods; the ‘all-in-one’ and the case method. During this workshop, you will make and cover a cloth drop-back box. For expediency all the parts will be pre-cut, but Arthur will guide you through the method and rational behind its construction.

For more information on the subject, see my blog.

PLEASE NOTE: The workshop is being hosted by the North Wales & North West region of the Society of Bookbinders. To book, see Society of Bookbinders

 


Introduction to bookbinding, 14th November 2020, £100. A fun and informative day which will introduce the subject of bookbinding; including tools & materials, terminology and a bit of the history too. You’ll make a simple single-section binding and have a go at hand printing a label. Suitable for all levels with no prior experience required.

 

 

 


 

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