Regions  |  North Wales & North West


The North Wales and North West Region of the Society offers tuition via workshops, classes, visits and lectures.

The region has its own 'shop' which is managed by Paul Broadbent, this is available at most of our regular meetings at Kelsall.  We have also invited suppliers to attend, these have included Ratchfords, Harmatan and Conways.

Sue Wood is the new Acting Programme Organiser for this Region, Please contact her for further details and to book your place on workshops.

Meetings take place at the Kelsall Community Centre, Kelsall, Tarporley, CW6 0SB (map), unless otherwise stated. There is a charge of £16 for workshops and £8 for demonstrations (both include tea, coffee and biscuits). An additional charge will be made for the cost of materials at workshops.

Those attending Workshops as ‘observers’ - a reduced charge of £8 applies.


Saturday 9 September 2017
Dieter Räder: Staining and Dyeing Leather Rebacks (workshop)
Dieter will demonstrate techniques he uses to re-create an original look to leather re-backs starting with a slideshow. Participants can bring their own newly covered re-backs to practice on if they wish. Dieter will bring A6 leather covered cards to practice on for a small charge of £5.

Tools needed: small brushes, small cutting mat and your normal tools.

10.30am - 4.30pm

Kelsall Community Centre


Saturday 14 October 2017
Michael Burke: The Presentation Album (workshop)
The Presentation Album is an extremely elegant structure suitable for presenting suites of prints, drawings and photographs. This ingeniously designed album is a new offering from Michael and Dominic Riley.

We will make the pages from a heavy and soft paper, folded at the fore-edge, with an embossed, recessed area in the page for mounting the images. The embossed panel serves two functions; it provides a handsome frame for the mounted images to nestle in, and it ensures that the finished binding is of universal thickness.

We will join together the folded pages with hinges of coloured paper, which produce an easy opening structure, and add cloth joints for attaching to the cover. The cover has cushioned boards and is covered in a handsome covered canvas cloth, with a recessed panel on the front for the title label. Materials charge: £15

Tools needed: bone folder, metal ruler, scalpel, cutting mat, dividers, scissors, weight and all your usual tools.

10.30am - 4.30pm

Kelsall Community Centre


Saturday 18 November 2017
Martin Frost: Fore-edge Painting (workshop)
The day will begin with a 60 mins illustrated talk on the genesis and progress of this little known form of book decoration. On completion of the workshop participants can expect to take away their own gilt-edged book with a hidden painting. Students need to be moderately adept with fine brushes but not necessarily highly skilled artists. See also

Tools needed: water colour paints (either tube or pan), mixing plate, ruler, pencils, water container and a variety of water colour grade brushes including sizes 3-5. Participants are invited to bring a draft image of their choice complying with a 1:5 format.

Materials charge: Students are welcome to bring along their own suitable gilt-edged books and holding clamp, however specially created gilt-edged bookblocks can be purchased for £15. Quality workshop presses will be on loan and offered for sale at £40. Specially printed workshop manuals come free with the course.

10.30am - 4.30pm

Kelsall Community Centre



Paul Broadbent
Ty Ganol
Pen Y Cefn Road
Jill Sellars
18 The Orchards
Connah’s Quay
Rosamund Tanner-Tremaine
Midsummer House
Smithfield Lane
CW11 4JA
Acting Programme Secretary
Sue Wood
Unit 7, Via Gellia Mills
Nr Matlock


Artisan Bindery (Chester)
Paul Delrue (Ruthin)
Alan Fitch (Llanymynech, Powys)
Helen Golding-Miller - email link (Kendal, Cumbria)
The Grange (Ellesmere, Shropshire)
Dominic Riley & Michael Burke - email link (Low Wood, Cumbria)
Teasdale Bookbinders - email link (Corwen, Denbighshire)
Julian Thomas - email link (Tuition to individuals. Borth, Cardiganshire)

Suppliers: (Stockport)