Workshops & talks

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.

To check availability and for booking please email: arthur@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.


Sewing on tawed thongs

Oxford pulp board binding, 17th-18th Nov 2018, This workshop is part of a series of workshops run jointly by the Designer bookbinders and the Society of Bookbinders. The transition from wooden to paper-based boards towards the end of the 16th century marks a significant development in English bookbinding history. Pulp boards were thinner, lighter and better suited to the new fashion for gold tooling; importantly, they were also much cheaper, helping to maintain pace with increased demand for smaller and cheaper printed books. Those attending this workshop will make a facsimile based on an early 17th century Oxford pulp board binding. This workshop will focus on typical structural features including: stub endleaves with printed waste; tawed thong supports laced onto pulp boards; edges trimmed in-boards and coloured; hand-worked indigo endbands; and a plain leather covering with blind tooling. This will be a busy hands-on workshop, but also aims to provide an insight into the transitions happening within bookbinding in the early modern period.

Although this workshop will be hosted at Green’s Books studio, for booking please contact: http://www.societyofbookbinders.com/education/joint_workshops/index.html


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Parchment repair

Parchment Repair, 19th Jan 2019, £100 (+£25 materials fee).  Aimed at professional and student book and paper conservators, it is a practical day looking at conservation techniques used to repair parchment. The workshop will concentrate on parchment repairs using new repair-parchment and gelatine based adhesives. The day will include the selection and preparation of repair-parchment and the preparation of two adhesives: warm liquid gelatine and a cold gelatine mousse. Some practical techniques used to apply repairs will also be covered.


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French paring knife

Sharpening for bookbinders, 2nd Feb 2019, £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. Participants will receive clear instructions on how to get repeatable results and will also get an opportunity to make their own small lifting knife.


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French paring knife

Sharpening for bookbinders, 2nd March 2019, £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. Participants will receive clear instructions on how to get repeatable results and will also get an opportunity to make their own small lifting knife.


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Introduction to bookbinding, 11th May 2019, £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.


Decorated paper by Nicky Oliver
Non-adhesive paper binding

Non-adhesive binding with decorated paper covers, 18th – 19th May 2019, £200.  A busy two-day hands-on workshop: Day one will be spent decorating papers with award-winning bookbinder Nicky Oliver of Black Fox Bindery, and on day two students will make a non-adhesive limp paper binding with Arthur using their decorated papers for the covers. Limited to five students only. We expect this workshop to be very popular so book early.


Leather paring

Leather paring without the blood, sweat and tears, 1st June 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.


French paring knife

Sharpening for bookbinders, 29 Jun 2019, £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. Participants will receive clear instructions on how to get repeatable results and will also get an opportunity to make their own small lifting knife.


Understanding bookbindings, 22 Jul 2019 This one day seminar will be held at The British Library. It is aimed at librarians, archivists, volunteers, and anyone working with collections of historic bindings who would like to understand more about the books that they handle. Bookings can be made through West Dean College 


Non-adhesive paper binding

Non-adhesive paper binding, 14th Sept 2019 This workshop is being hosted by the North Wales and North West region of The Society of Bookbinders so please book through the Society.

This simple paper structure was devised as a conservation binding for 17thcentury printed paper pamphlets. The non-adhesive structure provides a robust covering but enables the leaves to be removed easily if needed. It is particularly well suited to slim books where sewing on cords wouldn’t be appropriate, and although devised with conservation in mind, could quite easily be decorated and turned into an artist’s book.  Arthur will provide step-by-step instructions and will discuss the importance of the materials provided. The workshop is suitable for all abilities.


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Introduction to bookbinding, 28 Sept 2019, £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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