DB/SoB Joint Weekend Workshops


Fill That Page!

Introduction to
Islamic Bindings

Full-leather Notebook

Tooling for Beginners

Colour, Texture &
Pattern on Book Cloth

Board Reattachment


Deluxe Full-Leather Notebook

Tutor: Tom McEwan
Dates: 30 April - 1 May 2022
Times: 10.00am - 5.00pm
Venue: Harbour Arts Centre, Harbour Street, Irvine, Scotland KA12 8PZ
Fee: members - GBP185.00/non-members - GBP205.00. (plus materials fee payable on the day)

This binding style was derived and adapted from an original, early Victorian pocket  notebook. The structure has several interesting features, including laminated boards which are sculpted and shaped to create a faceted, angular appearance. The page edges have a deckled/uncut finish and endpapers are of marbled paper typical of the period.

Endbands are leather over core. The inclusion of raised bands, embossed and tooled boards finished with leather ties all contribute to a highly tactile, visually striking but elegant binding.

Tom McEwan is a graduate of Glasgow School of Art and Glasgow College of Building and Printing. He has won several bookbinding awards including the National Library of Scotland's Soutar prize in 2006 & 2007, the SoB John Coleman Award in 2011 and the Designer Bookbinders Mansfield Medal in 2012 & 2013.

In 2014 he was elected Fellow of Designer Bookbinders.

Examples of his work are held in public and private collections in the UK, Europe and USA.



Designer Bookbinders