I am a keen bookbinder and between 2013 and 2015 I ran my own bookbinding and letterpress studio in Walsingham in Norfolk. My bookbinding, like my academic work, is born out of a passion for the past: a love of books, a curiosity for historic material culture and a desire to understand how historical artefacts are put together. Although I have undertaken some more commercial binding work, including bespoke work for Watts and Co, my work has primarily focused on the conservation of antiquarian books and the production of facsimiles, replica bindings from the fifteenth to the nineteenth centuries. From the beginning I have been keen to use historical materials, methods and techniques in my work and you could say that all my binding work has been a form of experimental archaeology. By far the most ambitious piece of work I have undertaken was the production of a replica fifteenth century Book of Hours for the BBC's recent production of Hilary Mantel's 'Wolf Hall'. The resulting book was one of the main props in the production. I provided the production team with hand cut quills and ink made using a medieval recipe, all great fund.
You can see examples of some of my recent binding work in the gallery below and more can be found in my Flickr portfolio here.