Workshops & Courses

Covid-19 update: We are now welcoming enquiries for one-to-one tuition and have published our 2021 calendar of events below. For details, please call 01684 310106 or email 

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

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.


Leather paring without the blood, sweat and tears, 17th April 2021, £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.

SOLD OUT! Sharpening for Bookbinders,  24th April 2021, £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.

SOLD OUT! Introduction to bookbinding, 22nd May 2021, £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’ll make a simple single-section binding.

SOLD OUT! Introduction to bookbinding, 23rd May 2021, £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’ll make a simple single-section binding.

Medieval structural endbands and their application in book repair. Malvern, Worcestershire, 15th May 2021. 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.

SOLD OUT! Please contact us to join our waiting list.

Hereford Romanesque binding, a five-day course, 26th – 30th July 2021, £550 (includes tour of Hereford Cathedral Library & all materials).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 for more details and to register your interest.

2021 – DATE TBC.

A hybrid drop-back box. 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.

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