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Michael Burke



Presentation Topic: Historical Pastepapers

The Moravian sisters of Herrnhut in Saxony invented quite unique decorated papers in the eighteenth century. They later brought them to England, to their community at Fulneck in Yorkshire. Many of their historical papers survive today in archives held at the Lancashire Records Office, where account books for example, are covered with their papers. Michael will give a brief talk about the history and patterns of the papers, before demonstrating how to make traditional pastepapers using natural pigments, cooked paste, handmade paper and a few simple tools.

Presenter Profile

Michael Burke lives in the Lake District, England. He teaches bookbinding there and at events across the United Kingdom. He is a past chair of the North West and North Wales region of Society of Bookbinders. He has taught for diverse book arts groups in the USA, including Los Angeles, Seattle and Salt Lake City. In recent years he has taught at the Paper and Book Intensive, travelled to São Paulo to teach for the Brazilian group ABER, and in 2011 presented Byzantine binding at the Seminar of the Guild of Bookworkers. Michael researches the structures of ancient and medieval bindings. He holds a Masters degree in the History of the Book from the University of London.


Closing Guard O Matic

Dominic Riley


Presentation Topic: Guarding Signatures for Resewing

Sometimes a book can be resewn without having to treat the folds of the signatures.

Often, however, the outer folds of the signatures are broken or weakened, and must be strengthened before resewing.

Dominic will show the various steps involved in this process. He will begin by demonstrating how to make an ingenious jig, the Guard-O-Matic, which was developed at the Library of Congress in the 1980s. Made from readily available materials — Plexiglas, Mylar and polyester fabric — it is essentially a non-stick hinge that helps wrap pasted strips of repair paper around a signature.

Dominic will then talk about Japanese paper — how it is made, a brief history of its use in conservation, where to source it, and how to select the right one for the repair. Then he will show how to score, wet and tear the strips used to repair the signatures. He will talk briefly about the preparation of paste, before demonstrating how to paste out the strips and attach them to signatures using the Guard-o-Matic.

Finally, Dominic will explain how to dry the signatures, trim excess repair paper and press them before resewing.

Guarded Sections

Presenter Profile

Dominic Riley is a bookbinder, lecturer and teacher. He studied Art History and English at Leeds University, and bookbinding at the London College of Printing. He lived for ten years in San Francisco, where he founded the bookbinding programme at the Center for the Book: he returns there each summer to teach. He has his bindery in the Lake District, from where he travels across the United Kingdom teaching and lecturing. He specialises in restoration and design binding, and has won many prizes in various competitions. He was elected Fellow of Designer Bookbinders in 2008 [or is it 2009]. His bindings are in collections worldwide, including the British Library, the Victoria and Albert Museum, the St Bride Foundation, the National Library of Wales, the Rylands Library in Manchester, The Bodleian Library in Oxford, the Grolier Club in New York and the San Francisco Public Library. He has won over twenty prizes for his bindings, including first prize, - the Sir Paul Getty Award – in the International Bookbinding Competition 2013. Dominic co-founded both the Society of Bookbinders/Designer Bookbinders joint workshop series. He is a past President of the Society of Bookbinders.

Dominic Riley

Brien Beidler


Presentation Topic: Finishing Tool Making - A Practical Approach

Finishing tools are expensive and often difficult to find, so being able to make one’s own is an asset to any binder. Though primarily used on leather surfaces, these tools can be used on cloth, paper, and with some additional consideration, even wood.

This presentation will focus on empowering bookbinders to fashion their own custom finishing tools. Brien will demonstrate the process of transforming commercially available brass stock into beautiful and functional tools through metalworking operations such as sawing, filing, drilling, more filing, and basic engraving. With an emphasis on approachability, he’ll illustrate how simple hand tools can result in finishing tools that suit one’s own aesthetics and needs.

Brien Beidler

Brien Beidler is a toolmaker and bookbinder. In his book work, Brien is inspired by historic bindings in their ability to harmonize fine craftsmanship, quirky but elegant aesthetics, and evidence of the hands that made them. Beginning with this tradition as a baseline, Brien's bindings seek ways to create new compositions from these historic precedents.

Brien also creates a limited assortment of specialized hand tools for bookbinding and its related trades.

Over the last ten years Brien has taken and taught a variety of bookbinding and toolmaking workshops, and is an active member of the Guild of Bookworkers. He’s currently based in Minneapolis, USA.


Minimalist flat tightback

Mark Cockram


Presentation Topic: Minimalist Flat Tight Back. 

This structure has many possibilities and applications for book artists, book binders and associated artisans and crafts people. 

The will be 2 parts to this presentation. The first part will be an illustrated lecture explaining the background and history of the structure, my working practice, thought process, variations and possibilities etc. The second part will be a demonstration of the making, including tips, tricks and cheats. 

The Minimalist Flat Tight Back is a suitable book structure for people with little experience as I usually try to keep the amount of specialist tools and equipment to a minimum. 

But for those with experience, the numerous variations to the structure offer interesting pathways and challenges.

Presenter Profile

Mark has been a Fellow of Designer Bookbinders since 2001 and Brother of the Art Workers Guild since 2008. He is also a member of the Society of Bookbinders and was Faculty Fellow New York Center for Book Arts 2017.

Mark's diverse work is represented in public and private collections around the world, including The National Art Library at the Victoria and Albert Museum, National Library of Congress, the British Library and The New Museum of Liverpool and The Art Workers Guild. He has been a regular Man Booker Binder.

To find out more about Mark and his work go to:

Mark's blogsite address

Mark's website

Mark's YouTube channel

Mark's Instagram

Mark's Twitter

or to get in touch with Mark by email.

Mark Cockram
Glenn Malkin

Glenn Malkin

Presentation Topic:  Adapted K118 Binding

Glenn has built upon previous book structures and binding methods to champion the Adapted K118 binding. He proposes to demonstrate each step of this binding approach with examples in this practical session.  The Adapted K118 book structure is ideal for thinner books or where it is not possible or appropriate to back the book before binding. The key element is the board attachment which is achieved through alternating cloth tabs in conjunction with gently shaped boards. The end result is a smooth rounded leather spine and boards that open freely. The original K118 style was discovered on a late 15th century book from Nuremberg during a survey of European binding styles. It used split vellum tabs as well as cords to attach wooden boards. Glenn's adapted and simplified version is suitable for all binders and requires no specialist equipment. It is one of my favourite styles which I have used for design bindings as well as more routine bindings. 

Presenter Profile

Glenn Malkin established Signature Bindings in 2008. Based in his bindery on the East Yorkshire coast in the UK, Glenn repairs and re-binds books, albums and Bibles, makes new contemporary or traditional style bindings as well as bespoke boxes and slipcases and special commissions. 

In addition, Glenn creates design bindings - unique and collectable bindings which sit on the cusp between art and books – and has won numerous awards in national and international competitions. He was elected a Fellow of Designer Bookbinders in 2022.

Glenn teaches one-to-one tuition as well as group workshops and is a frequent tutor and presenter for Society of Bookbinders and Designer Bookbinders events.

Glenn's work is in collections in the UK and Europe as well as the USA, the Middle East and Australia.

More about Glenn

Glenn Malkin modified K118 binding

Philippa Räder

Presentation Topic: Victorian letter folders in the Royal Archives

The heart of the UK Royal Archives in Windsor Castle is the Muniment Room, formed from the upper part of the medieval great hall. It contains personal correspondence to Queen Victoria from her prime ministers and officials. Documents were at first set into letter books but as these hindered retrieval of individual papers, the contents were early on cut out and the bindings repurposed into peculiar three-flap folders to maintain the look of ‘proper’ books on the shelf.

During her time working for the Royal Collection, Philippa carried out extensive conservation-restoration of these bindings and researched the construction of later copies, however she has not yet seen anything similar elsewhere. The presentation will explain their history and her restoration procedures and show how to recreate one of these surprisingly elegant and functional folders to safely store your own material in high Victorian style.

Philippa Rader

Presenter profile

Philippa Räder is an Accredited Conservator-Restorer member of the Institute of Conservation (Icon) and a Professional Associate of the American Institute for Conservation (AIC), specialising in the conservation of books, manuscripts and archives.

After graduating in English from Cambridge University, she worked briefly within publishing and the antiquarian book trade before training in book and paper conservation at the Getty Research Institute in California. She has held positions at the Huntington Library in California, The National Archives (UK) in Kew, and the Royal Collection Trust, where she was Head of the Royal Bindery in Windsor Castle until late 2019. Philippa is now in private practice with Dieter Räder at Dragon Press Bindery in Wales, offering services and tuition in book and archives conservation-restoration, hand bookbinding, and letterpress printing. They are co-founders and hosts of the annual “Book Camp” summer intensive. Philippa is also a Director of Cyswllt-Cadwraeth/Connect-Conserve Cymru, a social enterprise company that puts any profit from conservation contracts into providing free treatment, advice and support to community heritage collections.

A Liveryman of the Stationers’ Company, Philippa serves on its charitable foundation’s bodies that provide financial assistance to students enrolled in education within the trades of the Company and mentors conservation grant recipients. She is a Continuing Professional Development review assessor and student mentor for Icon, a conference abstract submissions reviewer for the International Association of Book & Paper Conservators (IADA)and current Vice Chair of the Society of Bookbinders.