Greetings from the Committee of the Victorian Bookbinders Guild
The Victorian Bookbinders Guild Inc. was formed in 1981 by a group of professional and amateur bookbinders. From this small beginning the Guild has steadily grown to its present membership of around 100. The Guild's membership includes professional bookbinders, librarians, book collectors, paper makers, calligraphers and others interested in books and their bindings.
The Guild was incorporated in 1981, and the Registration Number is A2896
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From the President


We have significant problem with editing the old site. Please follow this link to the trial site, with information about the November meeting, this year at Hanging Rock reserve on 19 November. There will be no meeting on the Tuesday 22 November.



Australian National Conference of Bookbinders

25-27 March 2017 Canberra

Program, Updates, and Registration Link


To see future meetings go here 


For Workshops go here


Next Meeting  August 23rd

Book Clinic, Peter Lewis will demonstrate a reinforced kettle stitch for weak paper,  and also talk about why we should re-stitch picnic at hanging rock. Bring along your projects for show and tell.


Please take note of the parking restrictions on the left hand side of the parking area, spaces are reserved there for the residents, and it is difficult to see the signs in the dark.


Did you miss the July Meeting The AGM, with committee elections.

Many thanks to Liz for her work with the Newsletter as she has stepped down from the committee.

 Peter Lewis will be moving  up country sometime in the future, and we will at that time loose our treasurer.


A great time was had by all.

Our guest Speaker, Phil Ridgway  of Melbourne School of Bookbinding spoke and displayed some of his past entries  for the Royal Show. He spoke of the designs and their execution. (and the construction problems that come from design choices etc). His skill and ability are quite stunning, and the complexity of some of the designs left us open mouthed.

The buy swap and sell had some bargains, papers from Bangladesh,  the  unused materials, machinery, paper, cloth and books.




Did you miss the June Meeting at West Hawthorn?

We had a great time, about 20 present, with a wonderful time of examination of members work, and discussion of projects.

New member Glen is coming all the way from Nhil and bought along a copy of Gluttons eons in need of restoration. From the 1870's this book is a classic of the Cassells books of the time, wonderful lithographs, issued in parts,  with great quality contents, but the binding showing its age.

Julian bought along the reproductions of The Insects of New Holland by Lewin. Julian told us of the painstaking rockers restoring digitally the original images, the recreations of the original fonts, and the painstaking resetting of the text. Then the digital reconstructions of the decoration and the making of the tooling for the leather decoration. A great insight into the use of technology to reproduce rare works.

Discussion by a number of members about the Picnic at Hanging Rock challenge and the variants of the text, and methods of obtaining their copies for the project.

Peter Lewis bought along a slip case designed to suit 3 volumes of books. the interesting part was designing the matching box for volumes which were not in Peter's possession. The measurements are supplied by a customer and Peter is to make the box to suit, without seeing the books. An interesting challenge.

I provided a discussion on my experience in learning binding from Cockerel's  classic  Bookbinding, and the traps of the changes in materials, and learning the reasons why things were done in a specific way, all related to the tools used for board cutting and the techniques of board preparation.

In all a great night of discussion and challenge, there is always more to learn, and not enough hours in the day to practice it all.


May Meeting  24 May 2016

At the new venue in West Hawthorn Uniting Church In our book clinic, David bought along several books on Shakespeare as its the 400th anniversary of his death.

 Our binding challenge examined several different editions of the work,and some sources of supply.

The report on Clunes suggested we had a good time and more volunteers would be helpful. Also a short slide presentation on a lovely leather sampler using different leathers  from 1924 .

Photos see the link

A brief demonstration and discussion on simple edge trimming, with a variety of techniques and options.

Remember the need for new committee members.  


APRIL MEETING 26 April at 7pm


Perhaps the most important meeting this year. What a great time, lots of excited chatter, as we enjoyed our new venue at the West Hawthorn Uniting Church Hall.

Our book clinic was  great with Julian Reynard  bought along a family owned copy of Faust, Larry Spillman showed us his Melbourne prize winning book, others bought books in need of  repair,Click here for more,  Debra showed a slide show of her trip to Laos, and of course the Binding Challenge was promoted. Click here for more


March Meeting

The program included, Book Clinic,

The Reveal of the Binding Challenge for 2016,

A review of the Gold tooling workshop in Canberra with Don Glaiston. 

A very small group, but we enjoyed the discussions and the big reveal. 



Victorian Bookbinders Guild Inc.
Incorporated 1981