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 cbbag.swochapter@gmail.com or visit us at our Facebook page.

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

Upcoming Events and Workshops

Paper treatments for binders - June 29, 30, July 1, 6, 7 
Summer Social BBQ - July 13

Past Events and Workshops

Finishing - January 2024
Full Leather Binding - February 2024
Bookbinding 1 - April/May 2024
Wayzgoose (Grimsby) - April 2024
Join the Club (London) - May 2024

Paper Treatments for Bookbinders

Instructor: Dan Mezza

Dates: 5 days running June 29, 30, July 1 and July 6, 7
Time: 9:00am to 4:00pm
Location: In-person at the University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario
Cost: $400 + $50 material fee
Prerequisite: BBI (or permission of instructor), CBBAG membership

Registration deadline: June 21, 2024
Registration form: Paper Treatments Registration

This five day course covers the basic treatments used to solve the paper problems that bookbinders frequently encounter in printed book materials. The course includes topics such as mould, pressure sensitive tape, minor tears, tide lines, localized staining, cockling, acidity, and discolouration. Washing, drying, and flattening methods are also covered. Please note that this course is for bookbinders and not considered a paper conservation course. It is meant to teach bookbinders techniques one might need to use in book repair. As a core course of CBBAG, completion of Paper Treatments will be credited toward the CBBAG Certificate of Completion.





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.





Interested in Bookbinding Courses?

Email us at cbbag.swochapter@gmail.com to let us know what you're interested in taking!


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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