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 and courses at Green’s Books are given in small groups and give step-by-step tuition in various bookbinding and conservation techniques. Unless otherwise stated workshops and courses 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 = 50% refund. In addition, a £10 fee will be applied to all cancellations.


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Introduction to Bookbinding, Saturday 22nd January 2022, £110. A fun and informative day which will introduce the subject of bookbinding including tools & materials, terminology and a bit of the history too. Suitable for all levels with no prior experience required, you will make a simple single-section binding.


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Introduction to Bookbinding, Sunday 23rd January 2022, £110. A fun and informative day which will introduce the subject of bookbinding including tools & materials, terminology and a bit of the history too. Suitable for all levels with no prior experience required, you will make a simple single-section binding.


Sharpening for Bookbinders, Saturday 12th February 2022, £110 (+ £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.


Leather Paring Without the Blood, Sweat & Tears, Sunday 13th February 2022, £110. 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.


A Hybrid Drop-back Box, Saturday 12th March 2022. 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: This workshop is being hosted at the Kelsall Community Centre (near Chester) by the North Wales & North West region of the Society of Bookbinders. To book, see The Society of Bookbinders.


TWO PLACES LEFT!

Introduction to Bookbinding, Saturday 9th April 2022, £110. A fun and informative day which will introduce the subject of bookbinding including tools & materials, terminology and a bit of the history too. Suitable for all levels with no prior experience required, you will make a simple single-section binding.


Stub Binding, Saturday 17th – Sunday 18th September 2022, £240.The stub binding was a popular binding style in the 19th century, for use on photograph albums and for binding maps. This versatile binding is still popular today and lends its self equally well to artists books, photographs albums, guest books and for housing single-sheet archival material. On the first day of the workshop you will learn how to fold and sew the sections and on day two you will make and decorate the covers. Suitable for all abilities.


Parchment Repair, Saturday 8th October 2022, £120 (+ £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. Students will receive a small sample pack to take away.


SHORT COURSE: The Cambridge panel, Saturday 29th October 2022, £60.

Details to follow.

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