Spring 2019: Bookbinding with Laura West

Bookbinding, Book Restoration, Simple Leather Bindings

Spring 2019, date tbc

Bookbinding from Scratch is suitable for beginners, but will also include more challenging book structures for any with previous bookbinding experience. Any special projects in mind? Laura West (Isle of Skye Bindery) is happy to guide you in using the correct structure to ‘make it happen.’ This course will include three simple ‘leather’ bindings which can be made without previous leatherwork experience, special tools, etc. Laura will be assisted by her apprenctice of two years, so plenty of help will be on hand. Book repair is also taught, with new materials & techniques explored.

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.


Writers, artists and crafts people of all kinds will find a wealth of possibilities in learning to create their own books. No experience is necessary and students can expect to gain genuine skills in binding. if you have a particular project in mind please mention this when booking so Laura is aware of what materials you might need
Suitable for total beginners or those wanting to bind a book from start to finish; with Laura’s supportive and individual approach using comprehensive printed notes and step-by-step demonstrations this course is designed to give you bookbinding skills to enable you to tackle different projects in the future.

Book Restoration:

Alternatively, there will be opportunity to bring a treasured book (bookcloth, linen and paper bindings, but not leather unless you have done Laura’s Leather Masterclass*) back to life and preserve it for years to come. This course is for students who have already acquired basic bookbinding skills.

*we will run a Leather Masterclass alongside the book restoration if there is demand so, please enquire if you are interested

Course Details:

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

3 days – (either Bookbinding, Restoration or Leather Masterclass): £245 in the Long Room. Lunch included