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The club was founded more than 30 years ago (see here our Club History) and over time we have built up a very well equipped bindery. Our dedicated bindery in central Winchester, Hampshire is a veritable Aladdin’s cave of book craft tools, equipment and materials. There aren’t many projects for which we can’t provide the facilities – all of which are available to all full members of SBC on a 24/7 basis.

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Workspaces We have at least 12 workplaces, each with cutting boards and stools/chairs
Materials A large stock of board, paper, mull, book cloth, foils, leather, thread etc. is maintained so that members can use on a ‘pay as you go’ basis.
Storage Facilities Each member has individual storage facilities in plan chests
Measuring All kinds of rulers, squares, gauges, angles and other measuring equipment
Cutting There is a large cutting area to lay out rolls of book cloth, boards and papers – plus a large manual board chopper and a powered guillotine. Leather paring knives, stones and sharpening equipment plus a Brockman leather paring machine.
Presses Standing, nipping and laying presses, tub and plough, miniature book equipment
Leather and Finishing The club is well equipped for working with leather: paring machines, paring stoves, sharpening equipment, leather dyes etc, For finishing there are two blocking presses, character sets, three finishing stoves, hand tools, finishing irons and an electric edge gilding roller
Library The club has an extensive range of books and pamphlets covering all areas of bookbinding e.g. handmade books, marbling, handmade paper etc. and back copies of the magazine of the Society of Bookbinders.
Everything Else Dozens of storage drawers containing an amazing assortment of other bookbinding tools, equipment and materials
Kitchen & Toilets Small kitchen area – tea, coffee and biscuit box! We have direct access to shared toilet facilities.