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Doug Mitchell – (Bookbinding)

Highly-respected expert in Bookbinding and Book Restoration. Conservator at the British Library in London as well as a tremendously experienced & popular Tutor. More courses run due to demand!

Doug is truly the best at his craft (so many people keep on telling us this) and is always highly-praised by his students here at Higham.  Binding is a fantastic skill used to restore old tomes and to create new ones and the genuine techniques employed can often be traced back centuries.


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“Excellent as ever.””Fantastic weekend, course and tutor wonderful as usual.””Course content and tutor excellent.”

“Doug was kindness itself.”

“The tutor excellent.”

“Excellent weekend, thank you.”

“Very good course, with clear instructions.”

“Always a joy to come and be so well tutored and well fed. Many thanks to the Higham team and Doug. I hope to return soon.”

“Excellent as always”

“Fab course as always. Very Comfy room. Wonderful food (note to self eat less!!) Thank you for a lovely time.”

“Fantastic W/E as usual”

“Wonderful , I have really enjoyed the course, learned loads from a fantastic tutor, facilities & food excellent. Couldn’t ask for anymore.”


March 2021


Wednesday March 17, 2021 at 18:30 to Friday March 19, 2021 at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom

*NEW* This is an introductory course into the basics of hand bookbinding using the same techniques that have hardly changed in centuries. You will see how paper is prepared, then hand sewn into a single section pamphlet and also a multi section book. You will learn how to prepare the book for covering using traditional methods but using modern materials. This course will give you experience and insight into book construction and how to use materials to their best advantage…

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Friday March 19, 2021 at 18:30 to Monday March 22, 2021 at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom

The third stage in learning Bookbinding. Making books covered in leather is always a most satisfying thing to do. Make a C19th western style, smooth spine, quarter bound book in goatskin leather with decorative marbled paper sidings. Practice those endpaper making and sewing skills, taking the book through the construction stages, board attachment, leather preparation and forwarding. Some prior experience and good hand skills needed but be assured that Doug will take you through the process step by step. Doug…

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