- Started binding in 1959. An apprentice at
the University College, London from 1961–64; worked there as a
binder until 1971. During that period helped restore flood-damaged books
- Set up a bindery in 1971 at Leagrave, Bedfordshire,
later moving to Chester after a two year period binding in Wales. Elected
a Fellow of the Society of Bookbinders in 1981, having founded and served
as chairman of the Chester and North Wales branch in 1979. Gained numerous
awards and honours. Silver medal and three other awards in 1991 in The
Bookbinding Competition. Elected a Fellow of Designer Bookbinders in
the same year. In 1992, awarded two Bronze medals in the prestigious
Prix Paul Bonet.
- Paul's work often exhibits subtle figurative
or landscape qualities, evolving from an innovative covering process
to which he has given the name 'lacunose', i.e. furrowed or pitted,
and involving the accumulation of thin layers of leather onto the boards,
with subsequent sanding procedures.
- More recently he has developed a technique
of covering using overlapping strips of goatskin, creating built up areas
without the need for board sculpting or scarf joints. As the technique
was first employed on a binding of Shakespeare's
Sonnets, Paul calls it his 'Tudor' style.