Book-making a general introduction

Learn how to make your own fine hand-crafted blank book, with professional book-maker Stephen Cook.

The books have many uses: watercolour books, sketch pads, notebooks, scrapbooks, albums....

They are each entirely hand crafted from start to finish, using the finest materials:  quality watercolour and cartridge paper, buckram and similar book cloths, hand made or hand printed papers from Japan, Italy, India and the UK and printed cotton.

No two books are quite the same. They make wonderful and individual presents for any special occasion.


Thoroughly enjoyed the day in all its aspects  - the bookmaking course, the calmness of the people on the course whose focus was to be successful in their task, the quiet of the surroundings, and of course the lunch. Both myself and my wife will be checking regularly to see what courses are being run, with the intention of visiting again. Many thanks, Alan J.


The course was excellent, and I was delighted with the beautiful book I took home - could hardly believe I'd made it! Our tutor was similarly excellent. He demonstrated and explained things well, provided plenty of good-quality materials, took plenty of time with each of us to ensure we took home an item made in a professional manner, and undertook the trickier, costlier elements (finishing with gold strip) himself.

I can't fault anything about the venue or lunch and refreshments either. Opening your home to participants is going the extra mile. Thank you.

I will be back for another course, just can't decide which one! Best wishes, Ann H


We each made a beautiful book from start to finish using very nice quality papers and cloths.  We were also provided with detailed instructions to take home.  Small group so lots of individual attention.  Highly recommend!  Kate S.


We all had a great day making our handmade books.  Our tutor, Steve was very patient as it was new to most of us.  The results were lovely and all very different.   Another highlight of the day was the beautiful food, fresh, organic and delicious.  





Stephen Cook
Saturday, 14 April, 2018

Times9.30 - 5


What to Bring

.All materials and tools will be provided along with detailed course notes and lists of tools, materials and suppliers.


.All materials and tools will be provided along with detailed course notes and lists of tools, materials and suppliers.