Ballarat Heritage Weekend

Sago on Tuesdays bindery Book Care workshop  Where: Ballarat Mechanics Institute, 117 Sturt St., Ballarat  When: 4 sessions available - May 27 (11am, 2pm), May 28 (11am, 2pm) What: How to clean, protect and archive books you love. How: Book HERE at Trybooking to secure a place  Cost: $40 for the tool kit you can … Continue reading Ballarat Heritage Weekend


Many of the notebooks, recipebooks, fieldbooks, diaries, weather journals, flight logs, memoirs, scrapbooks, sketchbooks and albums I repair were never intended by the author to last beyond their lifetime. Perhaps the expense folks outlay to repair, conserve and protect them might even horrify the owner that their mess, musings and written debris are attracting so … Continue reading NOTES THAT LAST

OPEN BINDERY – what can you find ?

Come into the Sago bindery on Saturdays and you can find ...PaperPlay kits(that I make to give me a rest my high-stakes work) Premium Papers(from Zetta Florence and Japanese Paper Place)Lorikeet  lovelies(the bindery is now stocking these gorgeous fabric treats) Bookbinding staples(because i am swimming in more than I need here)there are also bits n bobs, paper, … Continue reading OPEN BINDERY – what can you find ?

OPEN BINDERY – Finally, Sonya gets the message…

With gentle, persistent pressure from customers,the Sago bindery is now open on Saturdays, Oct-Apr.For consultations on book repair, commissions, sales,and general socialization of a bookbinder who doesn't get out much.   😁🙄😉👍🏻  Stay tuned for the next post, to see what you can find...#sagoontuesdays #raretrades #openbindery #boookbinding

Nuts and Bolts – the repair of a precious wartime album.

This repair is to a personal WW2 photo album. PST (sticky tape) of all varieties and ages, original endpapers glued over with multiple envelopes (using an old mystery glue combo), disintegrating cloth hinge patch, separating boards, collapsed spine, stains, old glassine (affectionately known in the bindery as 'yellowing, moist, acidic, transparent sheets of doom'), and … Continue reading Nuts and Bolts – the repair of a precious wartime album.

Repairs, repairs, repairs and more repairs

No, I haven't dropped off the planet, or started a cult - just crazy-hectic here with repair work that frankly should have been finished by the end of June!   Most of my work this last few months have been from private collections that aren't for sharing, so sorry to those folks who are starving … Continue reading Repairs, repairs, repairs and more repairs

Book of soles – my lesson in provenance

This is extraordinary - you must check it out. Click on the picture and go to the article written for the Book and Paper Gathering.I first saw a picture of this book when Dominic Riley came to Australia and showed us a slideshow on his laptop of books that have influenced his journey in bookbinding … Continue reading Book of soles – my lesson in provenance