Mentoring in the Book Arts.
For 25 years my wife and I ran a craft book
bindery, paper marbling studio, a specialist box-making workshop and a letter-press printing facility,
consequently I have a good working knowledge of these skills and am happy sharing what I have
If you are struggling with a particular problem concerning these crafts, I am confident I can help you solve
There is nothing like being taught in person, but that is not always possible, it helps if you have access
to someone who has experience.
For £25.00 a month you can find someone who is willing to take you under their wing, and help you
solve the particular problem you are having, I use my experience plus text and pictures, the net and utube,
bookbinding manuals I have published, any medium that is transmittable on the internet, you
have my time and I usually give lengthy replies to your correspondence, and at 62 every second of
my life is precious to me.
Bear in mind this is a token payment, simply to disuade the hundreds of people who used to ask me
complicated exhaustive questions about a subject they were only mildy interested in. I am a teacher, though
you cannot teach Creativity it is very much a gift from God, but if you have some, it can be fanned
into a flame so bright it will blind you from within. I charge £80.00 per hour for my services so for
£25.00 a month you get me hook line and devoted sinker to yourself for as long as you want to write to me,
bargain or what?
Subscribe below for £25.00, contact me at any time to cancel your subscription and I will do so
But if you have just one or two questions I will be happy to reply in some depth out of my love for
the craft. With modesty for I am just a vehicle for what inspires me, you are actually getting Creative
Genius and that is very rare.
I have been helping people online for over 15
City and Guilds graduate in fine binding and conservation with distinctions in 7 of the 8 qualifications
Our workshop was featured as a National Living Treasure by Country Life Magazine.
I offer my expertise to you as a mentor, as a fellow craftsman.
I appreciate the trade, and in creating the Eden Workshops have probably been through any troubles you are
I have helped many people over the years, mostly those with particular problems that I was able to help them
solve, but sometimes people come to me saying they really want to seriously become bookbinders.
Now I have taken on these people before and have spent a lot of my time helping them getting them set up,
finding the best deals on equipment and tools, giving them a great deal of my precious time, only to see them
wither on the vine and give up, defeated by there own negative emotions, and sense of frustration, ,
the set backs and demands that leading a creative life impose will inflict real challenges on you.
But it can lead to great happiness, ask a craftsman why he does what he does and he may well say, "for love of
As a mature artist craftsman I know exactly what it takes to become a bookbinder, it takes dogged
determination, a refusal to accept defeat and overcome obstacles and the vital ingredient, CREATIVITY. Without
it you are lost in the arts.
So henceforth I will only accept people as serious potential crafts people who can show evidence of their
creativity, and understand the mental challenges they will encounter as they first struggle along an
I would ALWAYS say it is better to get one on one tuition, or tuition in a class, check your local area for
evening classes, for those in the UK I have a comprehensive list of teachers and classes, just mail me for
I will always try to connect you with a real flesh and blood teacher, but that may or may not be possible,
depending on your location. I will also connect you with bookbinding organisations in your area, I will help
you find like minded friends on bookbinding forums, I will try to connect you with others.
For those who simply cannot find a teacher I will undertake to take you on through the limitations of the
internet, it will not be perfect, but even if you had one on one personal guidance you would still be
struggling, it helps if you have someone who really cares about you, I do care, as an artist I have always been
led by my heart, by an irresistible will to create, I will be at your side when you need me, but whether
you succeed and find the happiness and satisfaction you seek will depend on your Karma, whether your heart
wants to become a bookbinder, how strong a will you have.
To undertake to do this will mean real commitment on my part, and I expect equal commitment in return, it will
be more or less expensive depending on what you want to do, bookbinding is not a cheap hobby if taken
I am 62, a mature spiritual man, every second of my life is precious to me and undertaking to do this will take
a lot of my time, this is only for the serious, who seek the lasting happiness a good craftsman knows.
The satisfaction a good craftsman knows is your Holy Grail, imagine you are pilgrims on the path to truth, you
will be beset with many problems, many temptations to give up, but only your resolve to find the truth will
guard you, this is no easy task, even someone with an open heart, which is the real magic behind the arts will
I will ask £100.00 a month to do this, this is a bargain when you think of it, setting out to seriously become
a bookbinder is not a cheap undertaking, I am an expert when it comes to sourcing equipment and materials, I
can guide you to the very best deals available, also we will be in constant communication and I will take time
and put effort into our relationship, I have a cornucopia of knowledge at my disposal.
However if you just have one or two questions as I said previously that I would reply to such questions as a
one off out of my love for the craft.
EVERY MONTH I SEND OUT THE BOOKBINDERS DIGEST. WHICH AIMS TO BRING YOU
INTERESTING ITEMS CONCERNING THE WORLD OF BOOKBINDING AND RELATED CRAFTS. IF YOU WOULD CARE TO SUBSCRIBE PLEASE
JUST MAIL ME PUTTING "EDEN" IN THE SUBJECT LINE.