Basic Bookbinding Classes

PRIVATE CLASSES: Basic Bookbinding

Private, hands-on classes are available upon inquiry. You will learn how to bind a simple cloth book from scratch and the use of some of the basic tools by the end of a session. Whole session would last approximately 8~10 hours, or divided sessions over two days if preferred. Then, there will be a brief follow up on a separate day. All the materials and tools are supplied.

Maximum of 2 persons per session.
One person: $680
Two persons: $550 each.


“Rarely one comes across a forever changing experience. The bookbinding class at Ars Obscura was such one for me. Working with such a wonderful teacher, in a environment filled with magic and wonder, MHR made it very difficult for me to want to leave. Her graciousness, patience, and knowledge, are very welcoming and yet, you are made aware of the importance of discipline in the art of bookbinding (as the Master glances over with quiet encouragement). Time just flew, and the beautiful little book will always be a sweet reminder of the great time had. Can’t wait to go back! Thank you, M and Joel!”

Annabella Serra, Bainbridge Island

“Having long admired Ars Obscura’s marvelous work, I was thrilled to have an opportunity to take a class from none other than MHR, their “best kept secret.” In the course of two marathon sessions, M generously shared the techniques that she and the Master have refined over decades of hand binding and restoring precious books. Starting with a stack of high quality paper, board, and cloth, she patiently and clearly explained each step of the process in the context of its value to the aesthetic, functionality, and durability of the book. With her guidance, I not only made a beautiful clothbound book with my own hands and traditional tools, but I learned how to evaluate my work along the way.  M’s expert eye on each stage of my book’s construction, along with her emphasis on moving as efficiently as possible, form much of the superb value of this class. I am ever grateful to have learned from such a deeply talented and inspirational teacher.  Thank you, M and Joel, for dedicating your lives to this important craft and for sharing your priceless wisdom! “

Tina Cachules, Bainbridge Island