Antiquarian book repair day



Immerse yourself in a day of creative work, learn valuable book repair skills.

This is an opportunity to acquire the skills to transform your bookshelves and learn a few useful conservation techniques so you can take care of your most treasured books.

I work 6 days a week at the studio as a conservation bookbinder. I'm flexible about teaching days so you are welcome to email me to request a date to book your day of tuition.

I recommend bringing along a range of books. Victorian cloth back books or 18th century leather bound books are regular projects here but you are welcome to bring any book in any condition! Just email me a photo of the book you'd like to work on.

This is an opportunity to work alongside a professional bookbinder as I will teach and support you through your project but also share with you conservation work that I am currently busy with. I enjoy teaching and helping people to create unusual projects. I have been working as a professional restoration bookbinder for 12 years and I have a teaching qualification as well as a post graduate qualification in Museum studies.

The course is designed to be both accessible for beginners and engaging for intermediate abilities.

Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 2 weeks before the course starts. Start dates may be amended on request.

What's included in the price?

My studio is at the Welshmill Hub Building on Park Hill Drive, Frome. It's a pleasant 5 minute walk by the river into town for cafes and shops.


Stephen Glendenning at Boundbooks


The Welsh Mill
Park Hill Drive
BA11 2LE

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Corporate days out & team building
  • Engagement, birthdays & anniversaries
  • Father's Day
  • Hearing impaired
  • Public transport
  • Romantic
  • Seniors
  • Suitable for beginners


7 hours (flexible times to suit)

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In-person course
Paul O'Leary - - #35878

This was a fantastic course. Stephen was extraordinarily generous with both his time and materials. Before I went, he called and talked through exactly what I wanted to accomplish and tailored the course accordingly. Stephen is a wonderful teacher and managed to cover an extensive subject in a day without feeling rushed. I was learning by doing, which suited me very well.

I'll be returning!

In-person course
Karen Ray - - #24094

This is an excellent way to restore a favourite book as Stephen explains the process and works alongside you. It was really interesting learning about and trying out the techniques. Stephen was a very interested, friendly and patient tutor.
I had looked throughout the UK for a course on one to one tuition and can highly recommend this one. I had never been to Frome before and at lunchtime having a walk into town beside the river was a lovely break.
Overall, I really liked the bespoke flexibility which is excellent value for the money, having a professional bookbinder tutoring and working alongside you makes the day a special experience and you end up with your book bought back to life - very happy

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