4 – 6 March: Bookbinding with Laura West

Bookbinding and Book Restoration

Laura West's Regular Bookbinding Class returns to Logie Steading

Laura is a classically trained, award winning bookbinder specialising in traditional and contemporary hand-sewn books. A first class BA degree in Bookbinding from Roehampton Institute in London provided the sound traditional training and historical knowledge on which much of her work is based. Laura is also a Queen Elizabeth Scholar (2000) and Balvenie Artisan of the Year (2005). Laura and her husband, Chris, have run the Isle of Skye Bindery since 1999 and take on a wide range of bookbinding jobs, from limited editions to one-off commissions. Having taught many workshops locally and at university level, Laura's supportive approach to teaching involves using comprehensive printed notes alongside step-by-step demonstrations these options are designed to give you bookbinding skills to enable you to tackle different projects in the future.

  • Bookbinding:   Make a range of hardcover books.  Depending on experience students might choose a round backed, hard cover binding, or perhaps a 'library-style' binding.  This is a very robust binding which could be made with blank paper or ruled paper (see below); it is also particularly suitable for rebinding books in constant use such as favourite reference books, recipe books etc.
  • Conservation and Repair:      And, as usual, anyone can pursue their own binding or book repair project (for working with leather you must have completed Laura's Masterclass). 

Importantly, please contact Laura in advance if you require certain colours/materials/tools for use in your project.

Course Details:

To book a place please email panny@logie.co.uk

3 days, 9.30 - 4.30 (you are welcome to carry on working until 5.30)

£250 in the Long Room. Lunch included

laura west

Laura West

library-style books

Library style books


Unique little books


Newly created books resting in the press