Events & Courses

All events are subject to change, particularly the workshop nights. Please check this page regularly to ensure that the details of an event you are interested in attending have not changed.

The Guild offers a range of course nights at a small cost for materials. These are held on Monday nights at McDougall House, and cater for both members and non-members. These courses are a great way to start your bookbinding, and are run on a regular basis. The courses run as a progressive series, so attending a number of them will help your skills, as a range of different binding styles and techniques are demonstrated over a number of nights or weekends.

Check the list of events below to see when the next courses will be run. However, the courses often have waitlists. If you cannot make a course that you have booked for, please contact the Secretary so that someone else may take up the place.

Evening courses are at McDougall House in Como, off Clydesdale Street and start at 6:00pm, going through to 9:00pm each evening. Weekend courses are done at the Roleystone Family Centre on Wygonda Road in Roleystone, and start at 9:00 am and go through to 4:00pm. You must register in order to attend, as places are very limited. Payments are made either by direct funds transfer before the course starts, or by cash at the start of the course.

2017 Perth Royal Show

Date: 

Saturday, September 23rd, 2017 - 10:00 AM to Saturday, September 30th, 2017 - 4:00 PM

The 2017 Perth Royal Show is the major external competition for bookbinders in WA. See the Royal Show website for details. It is really hard to find the dates on their website, but it is there in small print below the logo at the top left.

Although we will not have a stand at the show, there will be a bookbinding competition in the Milton Isbister Pavilion.

September Meeting 2017

Date: 

Monday, September 25th, 2017 -
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Our September meeting provides opportunities to see what we do, bring along books that you have worked on, or want to know how to proceed, and generally get to know like minded people.

We meet at McDougall House on Clydesdale Street in Como.

October Beginners Course

Date: 

Monday, October 2nd, 2017 - 6:00 PM to Monday, October 23rd, 2017 - 9:00 PM

This course is $95.00 for 4 evenings, and all tools and materials are provided. You will make a pamphlet style book, a square back book and a matching slipcase for the square back. The dates are 2nd, 9th, 16th and 23rd of October. Payment is made at the beginning of the course.

This course is now full. However, if you wish to be waitlisted, email us now at wabookbinders@gmail.com  to be added to this course. Please provide your name and a contact phone number. 

For more details about the course, look here at the Courses page. For details about the Guild and location, see Meetings

October Meeting 2017

Date: 

Monday, October 30th, 2017 -
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Our October meeting provides opportunities to see what we do, bring along books that you have worked on, or want to know how to proceed, and generally get to know like minded people.

We meet at McDougall House on Clydesdale Street in Como.

Traditionally we have our Royal Show competition discussion, with the judge invited along to talk about the books and results. This allows us to improve on the quality for the next year.

November Advanced Bookbinding Course

Date: 

Monday, November 6th, 2017 - 6:00 PM to Monday, December 4th, 2017 - 9:00 PM

This course is $95.00 for 4 evenings, and all tools and materials are provided. You will make a leather bound book, sewn onto cords and rounded and backed. The dates are 6th, 13th and 20th of November, and the 4th of December. Payment is made at the beginning of the course.

This course is now full. However, if you wish to be waitlisted in case of cancellations, email us now at wabookbinders@gmail.com  to be waitlisted for this course. Please provide your name and a contact phone number. 

For more details about the course, look here at the Courses page. For details about the Guild and location, see Meetings.

This is the only advanced course we will be offering in 2017. You should have some binding experience before undertaking this one.

November Meeting 2017 - Box Competition

Date: 

Monday, November 27th, 2017 -
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Our November meeting provides opportunities to see what we do, bring along books that you have worked on, or want to know how to proceed, and generally get to know like minded people.

We meet at McDougall House on Clydesdale Street in Como.

The November meeting will also see our annual box competition held.

Introduction to Finishing

Date: 

Saturday, December 9th, 2017 -
9:00 AM to 4:00 PM

This course is $60.00 for one day, and all tools and materials are provided. You will make a pamphlet style book, and then use various techniques for blind and gold tooling to put decorations and lettering on it. The dates are 9th December. Payment is made at the beginning of the course.

This course is now full. If you wish to be waitlisted in the event of any cancellations, email us now at wabookbinders@gmail.com  to be added to the waitlist for this course. Please provide your name and a contact phone number. 

For more details about the course, look here at the Courses page. For details about the Guild and location, see Meetings. This course is very limited in numbers, and you should have completed a number of books before attempting this.