More Bookbinding Resources


Now that you have started collecting your tools, it is time to learn a few bindings! I don’t consider myself an expert in any way whatsoever. I just love making things and bookbinding is one medium that I work in. I will, however, send you in the direction of people who know much, much more than I do. This post is similar to an older post that I did on bookbinding resources, so feel free to ignore it if you read it already!

My favorite published resource is a book by Keith A. Smith entitled Volume I Non-Adhesive Binding: Books Without Paste or Glue (shown above). This guy knows his stuff. Although he has several other books available, I suggest this one to start off with. He introduces his readers to the basics, such as tools and paper grain and eventually illustrates several dozen different binding variations. His book is available on his website and also at Amazon. You may even be able to find it at your local library.

There are many online resources as well. Brian Sawyer has a great collection of bookbinding links here, which include everything from thorough tutorials to inspirations. Even more links are available at The Book Arts Web. I also discovered some great information at My Handbound Books. This blog has a selection of tutorials and ideas as well as a fantastic list of resources.

Last but not least, I suggest enrolling in a bookbinding class or workshop. This is often the quickest way to learn. Check out your local paper or art stores as well as local colleges and art centers to see if they offer any classes of this sort.

6 Responses to “More Bookbinding Resources”

  1. Elizabeth Says:

    Thank you for posting so much about book binding. I’ve been interested in getting into it for awhile now and it makes it so much easier to have a resource like your blog that’s so user friendly.

  2. katelyn Says:

    I wish we had a store or college around this area that would teach something this cool! But we dont’ ): I’ll have to do it the slow way :D

    Thanks for posting this!

  3. Karla Says:

    Love Love that picture!!! thanks for the links!!!


  4. Justin Says:

    I love those books too. I have the whole set. I’ve probably spent the most time reading the theory book. Good to see you doing some binding. I like the pillowcase books.

  5. Ratclurl Says:

    Thank you

  6. Mike m Says:

    I cant wait to take Book Design to learn all of these unique binding and sewing methods!

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