Southwestern Ontario Chapter

The Southwestern Ontario Chapter welcomes anyone residing in the region who is interested in learning about bookbinding and related book arts. We offer 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 by expressing interest (no fee for Chapter membership). If you'd like to be involved in chapter, please let us know. Volunteers are always welcome! Contact us at or visit on us at our Facebook page.

President: Arielle VanderSchans
Vice-President: Tim Dyck
Secretary: Marilyn Book 
Treasurer: Mirela Parau

Upcoming Events and Workshops

Restoration & Repair Part 1 - February 18-20 & 24-25 (Five days)
Bookbinding 1 - April 28-30 & May 5-7
Protective Enclosures - Spring (tentative)
Introduction to Leather - Summer (tentative)
Bookbinding  3 - Summer (tentative)

Past Events and Workshops

Bookbinding 2 - November 5, 6, 12, 13, 19, 20
November 12, 2022 - Annual General Chapter Meeting
Speaker Series with Paul Potter - November 10, 2022

Bookbinding I - Registration Now!

Instructor: Tim Dyck
Location: The Colour Jar (Durham, Ontario
Dates: April 28 – 30 & May 5 – May 7 (6 days)
Time: 9:00 - 4:00
Cost: $485 +$50 material fee

Bookbinding I is considered the fundamental course of the CBBAG curriculum, 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.

To register please email: or message us on Facebook! The deadline to register is April 7th!

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

Arielle's Bindery (London, ON)

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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