Southwestern Ontario Chapter

The Southwestern Ontario Chapter welcomes anyone residing in the region who is interested in learning about bookbinding and related book arts. The  chapter offers workshops in-person and online along with a Tool Lending Library for members to borrow from. 

All current members of CBBAG who reside in southwestern Ontario automatically become members of the CBBAG Southwestern Ontario Chapter. Others may join the Chapter mailing list by expressing interest (no fee for Chapter membership).

Contact us at or visit us at our Facebook page.

President: Arielle VanderSchans
Vice-President: Tim Dyck
Secretary: Lara Carleton
Treasurer: Mirela Parau

Upcoming Events and Workshops

Bookbinding 1 - April/May Registration now open
Wayzgoose (Grimsby) - April 27
Join the Club (London Public Library) - May 25
Summer Social BBQ - July 13
Paper treatments for binders - July (tentative)

Potential offerings:
Bookbinding  2
Bookbinding 3
Restoration & Repair Part 1 & 

Past Events and Workshops

Finishing - January 2024
Full Leather Binding - February 2024

Bookbinding 1 - Registration Now Open!

Registration deadline: April 19th

Instructor: Tim Dyck

Bookbinding I is considered the fundamental course of the CBBAG curriculum by teaching terminology, materials, tools, techniques, and foundational concepts in classical bookbinding. Students will come away with at least six different bound books. The course includes components like: setting up your workspace and tools, sewing variations, endpapers, making hardcovers (cases), and concepts of grain and warp, among many others. As a core course of CBBAG, completion of Bookbinding I will be credited toward the CBBAG Certificate of Completion. 

Registration Form

Dates: April 27-29 Saturday to Monday May 4-6 Saturday to Monday

Times: 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Location: The Colour Jar, 120 Garafraxa St. N., Durham, ON, N0G 1R0 

Prerequisites: Current membership in CBBAG

Cost: $485

Materials Fee: $50 payable to Tim Dyck, by cash or cheque on the first day of class 

Interested in Bookbinding Courses?

Email us at to let us know what you're interested in taking!

We'll be at Wayzgoose in Grimsby!

Stop by and visit us at the CBBAG table at the 46th Annual Wayzgoose Book Arts Fair. 

April 27, 2024 from 9:00AM to 5:00PM

Wayzgoose is hosted by Grimsby Public Art Gallery (18 Carnegie Lane), admission is free. 

Summer BBQ

Save the date for our BBQ social - July 13th! More details will be provided to members through our mailing list.

The BBQ is hosted in London, ON and is free to attend. Food and drinks provided (BYOB).  Details and RSVP information will come out in June.

Local Suppliers

Bijan's Art Studio (London, ON) offers art supplies

Colour Jar (Durham, ON) offers bookbinding supplies

Columbia Finishing Mills (Cornwall, ON) specializes in bookboard, bookcloth, cover paper, end papers

Curry's Artists' Materials (Waterloo, ON) offers art supplies

George Hill & Co (Milton, ON) offers bookbinding tools and supplies

Lee Valley Tools (London, ON) offers chisels, punching, woodworking and leather tools

Papertrail (New Dundee, ON) offers some bookbinding supplies

Local Bookbinders

Book and Paper Conservation (London, ON)

Dan Mezza Book Binding (London, ON)

  • Bookbinding and book repairs/restoration
  • 519-434-0964

Miller Bookbinding (Waterloo, ON)

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