Bookbinding Classes in Portland, OR

We love making books, and we love teaching bookbinding classes to adults and children.

We will travel to your classroom to show your fifth-graders how to make a sturdy notebook, or we will invite you into our peaceful, intimate studio for a one-on-one lesson on traditional binding techniques.

Regardless of the project, you will depart with a deeper appreciation and broader knowledge of technical bookbinding. You will also have at least one gorgeous, hand-bound book or box to show your friends and family.

Fill out the form below to inquire about bookbinding instruction, and we will get back to you within a day or two. Thank you!

Bookbinding classes we offer:

Beginning Bookbinding: $175.00

Time: 2 hours

Learn: Basic tools, techniques, and terminology

Make: 1 Hand sewn pamphlet stitch booklet, 1 Soft cover ribbon bound journal

Bring: Two hands, a creative mind, and patience

Bookbinding Two: $425.00

Time: 5 hours (with a 20 minute break)

Learn: Advanced binding techniques, use of binding machinery, hardcover structures, recessed windows for inset artwork

Make: 1 Japanese stab bound sketch book, 1 Case bound library binding journal

Bring: Bookbinding tools if you have them, any decorative paper or printed text you wish to incorporate into your books


Custom Fitted Slipcase: $245.00

Time: 3 hours

Learn: Make a protective case to house an existing book structure

Make: 1 custom fitted, lined slipcase with recessed front window

Bring: One of your favorite hardcover books, bookbinding tools if you have them, any decorative paper you may wish to use

Traditional Archival Box Making: $425.00

Time: 5 hours (with a 20 minute break)

Learn: Construct a snug box that houses loose ephemera or printed pages

Make: Either a clamshell box or a lidded box with ribbon lift (please choose one in advance)

Bring: Bookbinding tools if you have them, any decorative paper or printed text to incorporate into the box


Other class offerings and book structures are available, just get in touch and let us know what you would like to learn. Prices shown are for private lessons. Inquire below for group class costs. Gift certificates for bookbinding lessons are also available.

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We cater our instruction to any skill and ability level and can provide class supplies and tools.

Instruction rates start at $75.00 per hour plus materials.

Gift certificates are also available.

Thank you for your interest!

I’m thrilled to have the chance to express my gratitude to you guys. My daughter was absolutely glowing from the experience.
— Katrina S., mother of bookbinding student