Edel repairing pages

Edel repairing pages

Brignell Bookbinders offer a wide range of high-quality individual and group tuition. We offer workshops on Tuesday evening from 16.00-19.30 at our Gwydir Street bindery.

Saturday workshops are limited to small groups of people. Dates and themes are listed below. To book your place email barry@brignellbookbinders.com.

"I had some damaged and tatty books that needed repair, and pamphlets that I wanted to bind up. Barry's workshop was a great discovery, and I was surprised at how possible these projects, and others since then, have been under Barry's guidance. More than that, working with my hands and learning new skills has been very satisfying and fun."


"I have been coming to Tuesday evening workshops with Barry for just over three years and, having started as a complete beginner, have learned to rebind books, repair their spines, mend paper, and all sorts of other tasks. From day one, I was able to tailor the sessions to my own individual projects under Barry's expert guidance. He makes sure I do the work to the best of my abilities whilst being encouraging about my progress. As a collector of old books this has been a fantastic way to look after my collection whilst developing skills in a friendly and supportive atmosphere. I highly recommend it."


Tuition Dates

  • Sat, Nov 19th 2016 – Rounded and Backed Journal
  • Sat, Dec 10th 2016 – Santa's Workshop
  • Sat, Jan 28th 2017 – Rounded and Backed Journal
  • Sat, Feb 25th 2017 – Solander Box
  • Sat, Mar 25th 2017 – Rounded and Backed Journal
  • Sat, May 20th 2017 – TBA

Start 9.30am to 4.30pm. Price £95.00, (includes light refreshments but please bring your own lunch). There may be a small charge for some materials. Car parking available on site.

For alternative tuition dates at Brignell Bookbinders please go to www.edel.uk.net.

Tuition Workshops

Slipcase and Lidded Box

Made either to protect precious or aging books or to give a polished finish to a new book, box-making as an integral part of the bookbinding craft.

Rounded & Backed Journal

This solid, traditional book structure, with your own title on the spine, will make an impressive addition to any desk or bookshelf. Combine with the raised bands class for an extra special effect.

Open Access

If you have already attended one or more courses at the workshop you are welcome to come along and use the space and facilities to work on your own project. Practice your Coptic binding, make use of the lettering machine, work on your leather paring skills... And don't forget our pre-made book blocks. Using some of these, you could get a number of gift items prepared during the day. A tutor will be present to offer guidance and advice where, or if, necessary.

Paperback Repairs

Disbind and clean a paperback ready for rebinding. Repair any necessary damages and rebind the book in its original (if available) reinforced covers.

Solander Box

Bring an item for storage up to (14cm x 21cm x 3cm) and learn how to build an airtight storage box made famous by Swedish botanist, Dr. Solander.

Santa’s Workshop

If you have already attended one of our workshops and wish to have the time and space (as well as guidance if necessary) to complete a project as a Christmas gift then we look forward to welcoming you to this festive workshop.

Contact Edel Hopkin for further information.