Hooray! You asked for it and we got it. The steel straight edge is finally here. We have been meaning to stock these for some time and the number of students in the recent classes held here and at the NSW Guild who asked us to get them in just gave us the push we needed. Continue reading The Straight Edge
Well the Australian Bookbinding Conference, Bind 19 is over and was a great success. The NSW Guild of Craft Bookbinders did a fantastic job organising the conference. The venue was beautiful, right on the water and even the food was great. The speakers/presenters were all wonderful and all of us in the trade room had a fabulous time. The courses which we held both before and after the conference went very well too and the feedback was excellent! Continue reading The Festival of the Book
Well it has been a busy month and I have been a bit slow with the blog update. I am pleased to announce a few new items in store. We are now stocking Elephant paper, Efalin paper (coming in the next week or two), large handled awls, some new book cloths, cane toad skins and bank note paper. Continue reading New Products
Some of our customers have been asking about the Schärffix leather paring machine. How do you use it? Is it any good? Is it easy to use? Do you have a video of how to use it? So after quite a bit of persuading I have finally agreed to make a short video, you can watch it here.
For those of you who have not been to a presentation, lecture or class with Dominic Riley, you don’t know what you’re missing. He is an outstandingly entertaining, knowleagable bookbinder and teacher. For those of you who have had the pleasure of learning whilst being entertained by Dominic I think you will enjoy this little bit of background information from him. Dominic will be presenting at the Bind19 Australian Bookbinding Conference this year and will be teaching in Sydney and in Canberra as well. You can read Dominic’s bio here. In Canberra Dominic will teach leather paring and knife sharpening, essential bookbinding skills. In Sydney you can finally learn the secrets to the traditional account binding Spring Back book, this is a five day class and will definitely be a lot of fun. Read on for a little insite into Dominics bookbinding career. Continue reading Dominic Riley – In Focus
In Focus this week we ask Dieter Räder a few questions about his career. Dieter will be presenting at the Bind19 Conference in Sydney this October. Before the conference Dieter will be teaching in Canberra and in Sydney after the conference, click on the links to reserve your place but be quick as there are only a few spots left. In Sydney Dieter will be teaching the Edelpappband binding which is a very precise German binding using very small amounts of leather and is a terrific introduction to working with leather. Dieter is a charming teacher and an excellent binder with enormous attention to detail so this class should be brilliant! In Canberra Dieter will be teaching the Leather entry Slip Case and if you combine that with Philippa’s Chemise you will be equipped to house your best binding in the most elegant and protective fashion. I hope you enjoy getting to know a little more about Dieter in the following paragraphs. Continue reading Dieter Räder – In Focus
This week In Focus we talk to Philippa Räder, the head of the Queen’s bindery in Windsor Castle. You can also read Philippa’s bio here. This year in conjunction with the Bind19 Australian BookbindingConference Philippa will be teaching in Sydney and in Canberra as well as presenting at the conference. I wouldn’t miss this one at the conference, if you haven’t booked your tickets get moving! If you are interested in her classes the spaces are very limited and filling up fast so be quick! Please enjoy our interview. Continue reading Philippa Räder – In Focus
Kathy Abbott will be teaching in Sydney and in Canberra later this year when she will be speaking at the Bind19 Australian bookbinding conference. You can read Kathy’s bio here however I thought it would be fun to ask some other questions which I will ask each of the binders we feature In Focus. Continue reading Kathy Abbott – In Focus