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Holiday book binding course at the Taal Museum in Paarl

This intensive three-day course will provide participants with the basic knowledge and skills to bind their own books, with the minimum of tools. The course will focus on the sewing of the sections, the glueing of the spine and the making of a cover. 

No previous expertise is required.

The presenter is conservation specialist Johann Maree, who trained at the Swiss Centro del Bel Libro and at the Austrian National Library, and worked at the University of Cape Town Libraries as Head of the Department of Paper and Book Conservation for 28 years, before retiring in 2008. He has presented numerous courses on bookbinding and paper conservation nationally and internationally.


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  • Dates: 26 - 28 June 2012
  • Venue: Afrikaanse Taalmuseum, Paarl
  • Cost: Participants have a choice between a course fee of R1 850 (tools and material included) or R1 650 (own tools). Light lunch and tea/coffee will be provided.
  • More information: Contact Amira Clayton at tel. 021 863 4809/0543 or


Paarl accommodation


Use the workshop as a great reason to book a mini break in the Cape Winelands.

Stay at one of our luxury Paarl accommodation places and the rest of the family can explore Paarl while the book maker gets to grips with this fascinating skill.