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Bookbinding and book repairs for beginners and improvers at Flatford Mill

Bookbinding and book repairs for beginners and improvers at Flatford Mill

About the Course

Covering both restoration of existing books and the creation of new bindings and books, this course is equally suitable for beginners and those with previous experience, since tuition is given according to individual needs. The course emphasises the traditional skills and techniques of hand binding and helps you develop a deeper insight into this rewarding craft, whose origins go back over 2,000 years. Cutting tools, presses and other binding equipment and materials are all available for what is one of very few residential bookbinding courses offered in the UK each year. Please expect to reimburse the tutor for the card, coverings and other materials you use, which will depend on the number of projects you undertake in the week.

Whether you are completely new to bookbinding or already have some experience, we suggest that you bring along a selection of possible projects on which to work during the course. Advice will then be given as to the most suitable items to attempt. Possible examples are:
- making plain paper books
- loose material suitable for binding
- bound books in need of repair (If in any doubt about an item bring it along for consideration!)

You can expect to receive instruction in various stages of producing a bound book:
- making up book sections
- preparation for and the technique of sewing
- making up endpapers and their attachment
- cutting the book with the use of plough and press
- rounding and backing the spine with the use of lying press
- cutting, making and attaching the cover
- lettering
- slip cases and boxes

The aim is for everyone to leave on Friday with several finished items.

Course tutor: Mark Cockram
Mark Cockram is a full time Bookbinder/Book Artist working from his studio in London. Mark was elected Fellow of Designer Bookbinders in 2001 and Brother of the Art Workers Guild in 2008. He has been a member of the Society of Bookbinders for nearly 30 years and was the Faculty Fellow for the New York Center for Book Arts in 2017.

What to Bring
All the materials to carry out this work will be available at the Centre, as will much of the equipment. You are, however, asked to try and provide the following items for your personal use:
Craft knife and blades
Sharp scissors
Steel rule and a pencil
Overalls or an apron
A cutting mat if you have one
If you have any difficulty with these items, or any specialist materials, please let us know and we’ll try to help.

Note: Fees are exclusive of materials which will be available from the tutor at cost price, usually £10-£20.

If you will be redeeming a CraftCourses gift voucher on this course, the voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.

What's included in the price?

Expert tuition
Free Wi-Fi
Full board accommodation
Hot and cold drinks
In course transport
Personal and travel insurance


Field Studies Council, Flatford Mill
Flatford Mill Field Centre
East Bergholt
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Suitable for

  • Public transport
  • Residential
  • UK Holiday
  • Wheelchair users

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As always, a very stimulating and enjoyable week with George and a group of enthusiastic students. I've been attending since 2009 and learn something new every time. Looking forward to May already.

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- - #7871

Excellent course in every respect. Accomodation and catering were first class, and the course itself was engaging and inspiring. George is an ideosyncratic tutor, and hugely knowledgable. He dealt effortlessly with the varying degrees of skill and experience presented by a class of widely different abilities. Despite the extended workshop sessions (this is a positive thing, George certainly wasn't clock watching) I never once felt that I wasn't occupied/learning/improving. Left the course with a great sense of satisfaction, and inspired to study the craft further.

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