In-person course

Bookbinding: The Ideal Sketchbook



Strong, elegant and pleasing to use, this was the 'daybook' of choice for all the great romantic English poets and artists. This structure is modelled on the nineteenth century artists' sketchbooks and journals, similar to the ones used by Wordsworth and Ruskin as they wandered across the Lake District to draw and write. It is an honest structure made simply and from high quality materials, opens beautifully and is very durable. It can be made at home with no equipment, just a few simple tools, and since it is not 'cased-in' requires very little pressing.

This course is ideal for those who love to make their own books. This workshop offers basic skills in bookbinding which can be repeated at home with no specialised equipment.

Tutor Information
Dominic Riley is an internationally renowned bookbinder, teacher, writer, and lecturer.
He specializes in the restoration of antiquarian books and the creation of contemporary fine bindings. His prize-winning bindings are in collections world-wide, including the British Library, the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Grolier Club in New York and the Bodleian Library in Oxford. In 2013 he was awarded first prize in the International Bookbinding competition, is a Fellow of Designer Bookbinders and President of the Society of Bookbinders. He teaches internationally, in the UK and across Europe, the USA, Australia, New Zealand and South America. He has taught at Dillington three times in recent years.

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?

Includes tuition, all materials, three course hot/cold buffet lunch, refreshments.


Bookings team at Dillington House. Somerset County Council
Dillington House
TA19 9DT

Suitable for

  • Accommodation offered
  • Adults
  • Hearing impaired
  • Intermediate level
  • Limited mobility
  • Parking provided
  • Residential
  • Seniors
  • Suitable for beginners
  • UK Holiday
  • Wheelchair users

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