More than a new French dress for Mrs. Elliott

This lovely book, Mrs Elliott's Journal, came for help to put her spine back together from three pieces barely holding, her covers back on, corners smoothed and straightened, endcaps reconstructed, ... and for a new dress. This is how it came together. Taking the old cover papers off was a priority, and though I hesitated … Continue reading More than a new French dress for Mrs. Elliott


Sshhh, sleeping treasures – creative enclosures

I am occasionally asked to use my skills to protect treasures other than books.  This last week I have completed a job to line a small cabinet ready for a precious shell and mineral collection. Shell, as I have learned and researched some more recently, does not like timber, so the timber of the cabinet … Continue reading Sshhh, sleeping treasures – creative enclosures

Let’s talk needles.

Needles. Most folks start out in binding just using whatever is handy - I did. Cheaper the better, whatever the weather, whatever the project - not a priority. A retired binder mentioned early on that a lack of attention to my needles would change the way I work and develop poor habits and unflattering books … Continue reading Let’s talk needles.

New website and online Sago bindery store

Heyho paperpeeps, fellows in binding and friends, This time of year is coooooold in the bindery, so from May to August, it is the season for tax (uuurgh) and bindery housekeeping (yawn), and more enjoyably, planning the year ahead, ordering supplies and engaging in community events (thank goodness) and... updating the bindery website. It still … Continue reading New website and online Sago bindery store

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

Bible season.

I've had more family bible repair work this year than ever before. Is it because of the age of these books and their structural weaknesses that they are all breaking down about now?  Perhaps it is that the transience of modern life makes us more attracted to the tactile bridge they provide to our heritage. … Continue reading Bible season.

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