Job Opportunities

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Finishing Operator, Enfield, Middlesex

Diamond Print Services Ltd are a longstanding book bindery based in Enfield North London producing a huge range of soft & hard cover products to the trade. With recent & continued investment in the latest bookbinding equipment we are looking to bolster our Case binding team with skilled finishers/operators.

Applicants should have:
- Key skills & recent working knowledge of back-lining, case making, casing-in, foil blocking & debossing.
- Working with both paper over board, cloth & leather products.
- Both Hand bookbinding & automated experience will be considered for any of the above skills.
- Experience in cutting, folding & stitching would also be beneficial but not key.

We would be happy to hear from you if you have finishing experience outside of case binding but are happy to re-train.

This is a full time day shift role with shift pattern to be confirmed. Competitive Salary: Depending on experience

Please send your CV with covering letter to: lee@diamond-ps.co.uk

Ludlow Bookbinders, Shropshire

Trainee Bookbinder needed

- Enthusiasm for making beautiful books and attention to detail are the key skills for this position.
- Assistance with finding accommodation given.
- Full time position available immediately.

Please e mail CV to
Paul Kidson at ludlowbookbinder@btconnect.com

Hand Bookbinder/Gold Finisher, Crayford, Kent

We are a small bookbinding company specialising in hand restoration and binding of books and paper conservation. We also make bespoke boxes. Our customer base is mainly institutions and Library collections. We have a vacancy for a hand bookbinder/gold finisher

Key Tasks
- Preparation work necessary for conservation of books and manuscripts prior to binding, including pulling, cleaning, conservation, pressing, collating and sewing.
- Ability to produce all styles of binding; rebacks, rebinds, library style, account books. Quarter, half and full bindings in leather and buckram.
- Hand gold finishing in gold leaf/foil, both in type and hand letters.

- Previously worked within a hand bookbinding environment.
- An excellent understanding of all aspects of handbinding and gold finishing.
- Good eye for detail.

Please contact Ken Cook at The Bookends Bindery - bookendsbindery@izrmail.com

Bookbinder/Rigid Box-maker, Essex

We are currently recruiting for a fulltime position in our busy workshop. Essex Bookbinders Ltd. are a small family business which started from home in 2012. We now occupy a workshop on a small industrial estate in a rural setting next to Thorpe-le-Soken railway station in Essex, England. We have two directors and several casual staff. We have a friendly dog who is always with us.

All our products are bespoke short run projects, ranging from books to slipcases, rigid boxes, jigsaws, games boards etc. Many tasks are carried out by hand, but there will also be use of machinery such as the guillotine, roller press, gluing machine and hot foil blocking machines. The following tasks need to be carried out regularly:

- All aspects of modern bookbinding
- Rigid box-making (both with 90 degree and square edges)
- Foil blocking (we have 3 manual foil blocking machines)
- Die-cutting (on simple roller press)
- Laminating/mounting (with surface gluing machine); including cleaning the gluing machine
- Guillotining (of paper and board); including changing the knife
- Tab cutting

Although we appreciate that a 'settling-in' period is necessary and basic training will be given, the successful candidate must demonstrate a sound knowledge of standard hand-bookbinding machinery. The successful applicant will have an eye for detail and a good understanding of paper sizes and standard materials. Applicants should be aware that some of the tasks are physically demanding.

Much of the work will be routine, as we sometimes have to deal with large orders of up to 2000 boxes/300 books at a time, or other large print-finishing tasks. When large orders are going through the workshop, you will be expected to carry out the same task for several days in succession. Tasks may include die-cutting, case-making, staying-up, taping, embossing/debossing and blocking. Therefore, it is necessary to have stamina and a strong work ethic.

We are a very small company and you will be expected to help out with tasks such as vacuuming /sweeping up and cleaning workbenches/floors/common areas.

This role is suitable for trained hand bookbinders or structural paper engineers for rigid box-making. Proof of officially recognised qualifications (apprenticeship or university degree) will be required. In addition, the successful applicant will have worked in the industry for a number of years.

Please apply by email to info@essexbookbinders.co.uk

Essex Bookbinders Ltd
5 The Market Place, Station Road
Essex CO16 0HY

The Chelsea Bindery, Battersea, London

We are currently recruiting for two full-time positions to join our team:

- Experienced box-maker and forwarder position with solid experience in both cloth and leather work. We offer flexible working hours and salary is dependent upon experience.

- Book binder/Conservationist at The Chelsea Bindery, London.

Responsibilities will include:
- Preparing books for binding, including surface cleaning, washing, paper repairs, lining original end paper and sewing
- Leather onlays
- Box making
- In situ, dust jackets, cloth and paper bindings repairs
- Keeping records of treatments and time
- Use of machines: power guillotine and nipping machine
- Monitoring and ordering materials
- Liaising with Peter Harrington staff to agree treatments and resolve errors

The Chelsea Bindery specialises in fine binding, preservation boxes and book restoration. We use traditional methods, hand finishing and the finest materials to ensure a superior product of the highest quality. For further information please visit our website www.peterharrington.co.uk

We offer flexible working hours and salary is dependent upon experience.
Please send CVs to emma@peterharrington.co.uk

Peter Harrington
100 Fulham Road
London, SW3 6HS
Tel +44 (0)20 7591 0220
Fax +44 (0)20 7225 7054

Silvia Cecchini is looking for a postion in the UK

"I am an Italian restorer and I have been working for nearly 8 years in the book restoration laboratory at the Abbey of Santa Maria del Monte in Cesena. Since 2014 I have had a permanent contract there. I have a very good knowledge of book binding. I feel the need to expand my professional horizons and improve my English proficiency, and so I would like to take a leave of absence from my current job and live abroad for a while. I am therefore looking for a position in my field or an internship."

You can see some of her bookbinding works at https://www.facebook.com/cartemidesilvia/?fref=ts

Please email Silvia at cecchinisilvia@gmail.com for CV and references.

Temple Bookbinders, Oxford

A new, challenging and exciting role in hand bookbinding and gold finishing.

If you are a qualified hand bookbinder with experience we would love to hear from you. We have a vacancy at Temple Bookbinders of Oxford. Full time hours of 37.5 hours or part time hours Monday-Friday with flexibility around the 08 00 -16 30 business' open hours.

We are privileged to be Royal Warrant holders to HM The Queen as Hand book binders. In early Spring 2017 we are moving the business to a purpose built, new building in Yarnton near Woodstock Oxford. With the opportunity of a new job, for the New Year, in a custom built new building.

Set in a beautiful Grade II listed historic farm setting; the new bindery will give you a chance to share in our traditional skills and bookbinding crafts. Improved infrastructure and travelling now e.g. with fewer traffic problems, (being 4 miles north of Oxford), the brand new Chiltern Rail Link at Parkway Oxford linking London Marylebone with Oxford; the Park and Ride too, makes travelling easier. The Woodstock bus route S3 passes the bindery along the Cassington Road. Public transport is not a problem.

Parking onsite is free and unrestricted too, so driving is easy. Yarnton is a small pretty village offering a calm and pleasant working environment.

Please visit our website to explore all the traditional skills we offer our client base, www.templebookbinders.co.uk

Call Ian or Pauline to arrange an informal interview, on 01865 451940
or if you have any queries email us on enquiries@templebookbinders.co.uk

Hand Bookbinder Required at Maltby's the Bookbinders in Oxford

Maltby's, a hand/craft bindery, established in 1834, and working alongside it's automated sister company, Green Street Bindery, has a vacancy for an experienced hand bookbinder to join an existing team. This is a permanent position starting September 2016.

Essential Skills
- Leather Binding
- Book Repairs
- Re-binding

Useful Skills
- Journal Binding
- Thesis Binding
- Foil Blocking

In the fist instance, please send CV to:
Garry Phipps, Maltby's the Bookbinders, Horspath Trading Centre, Pony Road, Oxford, OX4 2RD
email maltbysoxford@aol.com, Tel 01865 747459

A Lifestyle Opportunity!

Fed up with the rat-race? - You want a life style change? You would love to move to the countryside?
Look no further!
Situated in the Welsh Marches, on the Powys/Shropshire border, is Sarnau Farm. This not only offers a 4 bedroom Barn conversion and a 2 bedroom annexe - ideal as a B&B or a holiday let (STPP), but a 800 sq. ft (approx) WORKSHOP, (which comes with business use planning permission),and is used at present as a Bindery.

For further details contact: Alan Fitch (01938 590733) or email abinderofbooks@gmail.com.

Position required as Bookbinder and Restorer - Worldwide

Italian bookbinder and restorer is currently seeking for a job opportunity abroad; wherever required. Seventeen years experience in book, paper, parchment restore and hand bookbinding, i've worked for public bodies and private libraries in Italy and Switzerland.

You can check out some of my works at:

Please email restaurolibro@gmail.com for CV and references

Position Required in the London Area

I'd like to become a book binder and would welcome an opportunity to become someone's apprentice or assistant. London based opportunities would work best for me. I have no relevant experience but can bring along my previous skills as an executive PA. I am changing careers with your help.

Please email crooks.crooks@btinternet.com for CV.

Position Required in the Surrey/London Area

An extremely confident, knowledgeable and professional individual who has over 29 years experience as a Bookbinder in forwarding, gold blocking, operating the pragnant, blocking (Marshall), cleat and nipping and pairing machines. Hand sewing, restoration and repair work, soft bound and hard-back, law books, slip cases, box making and thesis binding. Case making whether produced by machine or by hand. Strives to achieve a very high standard in whatever task is undertaken.

Please email cbcb62@hotmail.com for CV.

Experienced Bookbinder Required at R.S.Bookbinders in Hockley

R.S. Bookbinders are looking for an experienced & motivated bookbinder to join their based in Hockley, Essex. They produce books, presentation boxes, various binders & slipcases. All of which are bespoke made by hand to the highest standards.

Applicants must have experience working in a bindery with good knowledge of all aspects of bookbinding and surrounding areas such as printing and box making. Basic requirements such as good written and verbal communication skills are required. A keen eye for detail is a must as well as the ability to work well under pressure to meet tight deadlines. Experience of various techniques such as die cutting & foil blocking are an advantage.

Please send your CV to sales@rsbookbinders.co.uk (Subject Ref - Bookbinder Vacancy)

Teaching Opportunities at the London Centre for Book Arts

Come and teach at the LCBA! The centre is looking to add more workshops to their schedule. If you have an idea for a workshop to teach at the Centre, please let them know by filling in the form on their web site.

You can see examples of their current workshops at londonbookarts.eventbrite.co.uk

Questions? Get in touch with Simon at simon@londonbookarts.org

Leather Worker at Silverlining Furniture Ltd - North Wales

Silverlining Furniture is looking to recruit a talented, motivated individual to become a key member of an existing production team. The individual will have a minimum of 3 years experience and will be producing leather covered components, furniture and artwork panels for the production team in both Saddlery and upholstery leathers. Reading and interpreting 2D drawings to produce cutting lists and templates. Operating and setting up Camoga CN401 leather splitting machine and Durkopp Adler industrial sewing machine. Cutting and assembly of complex, leather and Shagreen components for bespoke furniture or Artwork panels with precision and accuracy to an agreed production schedule. Maintaining good stock levels and informing managers of any potential shortfalls. Salary commensurate with experience.

Please send CV by email to: sarah.dean@silverliningfurniture.com
or by mail to Sarah Dean, Silverlining Furniture, Unit 5 Castle Farm, Cholmondeley, Cheshire, SY14 8AQ

Leather Compendiums Australia - Experienced Embossed

Operating since 2005 Leather Compendiums Australia is currently seeking an experienced Embosser who has obtained previous experience within this field. This person is need for embossing high quality leather compendiums.

The successful applicant shall be experienced in leather embossing utilizing stamping techniques and laser engraving. Applicants with their own premises and equipment are preferred but not essential. Hours worked will depend on current supply and demand from our customers. Remuneration will be finalised upon application and final decision by management.

For further details, please contact Kyle Smith at request@leathercompendiums.com.au

Box-making and forwarding Position at The Chelsea Bindery, London

We are looking for a full-time box maker and forwarder with solid experience in both cloth and leather work. We are based in Battersea and offer flexible working hours. Salary is dependent upon experience.

Please send CVs to emma@peterharrington.co.uk or by mail to Emma Doyle, Peter Harrington,100 Fulham Road, London SW3 6HS.

A Unique Opportunity, a complete hand bindery and unique website for sale

After binding for 51 years I have decided to retire completely, so my entire workshop contents are for sale. The sale includes all major hand binding equipment and small tools, everything you would require for all styles of hand binding. Included is my website www.bookarts.co.uk plus a list of my regular customers. This is an opportunity for anyone wishing to start up a small hand binding business or a truly enthusiastic binder.

To see a list of equipment please email me terry.buckley@talk21.com and I will forward a list

Junior Book Binder / Box Maker / Paper Products Developer Required - London

Here are Contrado we make personalised books, boxes, custom photo albums, photo boxes, jewellery boxes and many other paper based products that we turn into gorgeous personalised gifts. We are looking for a junior - maybe a student, intern or someone with basic experience who want to join an exciting team using traditional craft skills in a modern and forward looking business. We are an online photo and personalised Gifts Company. 25 people in a busy factory near Ladbroke Grove London.

Tel 020 8964 6220 direct or email details through this form

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