Recently we welcomed Dominique and her granddaughter to the Studio. Both are hobby bookbinders, Dominique in Rennes and Sophie in Toulouse and were visiting a Cambridge friend who is a valued client of ours. It is always lovely to show people what we do and especially nice to see the ladies delight in seeing familiar tools and techniques in an unfamiliar place. Dominique and Sophie loved poring through our collection of endpapers and pointed out how lucky we are to have such excellent local marblers – Peyhembury Papers, Cockerell Papers and Victoria Hall to name a few.
It always amazes me how modest some of our students are. Gordon has been coming in once a week for more than ten years and only now, in a humdrum conversation did we discover that he is the recipient of an OBE. We pleaded with him to bring in his medal which he did. What a thrill to see such a thing close up and hold it. And what a privilege to have such lovely people in our workshop.