Job Opportunities

Time for a change...

Shepherds Bookbinders, London

Following the retirement in February of two of our senior craftsmen, Shepherds are currently recruiting two experienced bookbinders to work in our Fine Binding and Restoration workshop in Victoria, London.

Applicants must have a broad experience of commercial bookbinding at the highest level. We are particularly looking for applicants with specialist skills including fine leather binding, gold finishing and restoration.

For further details please contact Alison Strachan by email or in writing by Friday 25th January.
as@bookbinding.co.uk - Shepherds, 76 Rochester Row, London SW1P 1JU

Booked Images, Wokingham

We are a local bindery specialising in hand crafted photo books. We are looking for an apprentice to join us. We are based in Wokingham which is near Reading in Berkshire. We are quite desperate for a binder or a trainee book binder to help our head binder, especially for our Christmas rush.

For further information, please contact Nicole Sheard at:

Booked Images
Unit 9, Barkham Grange, Barkham Street, Barkham
Nr Wokingham
RG40 4PJ

Tel: 0118 976 2796
Email: nicole@bookedimages.com

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 to:

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

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

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

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

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