The Book Hut Shop

Introducing The Book Hut Shop – handmade books, tools and supplies for conservation and bookbinding.

Alongside services in book and paper conservation and bookbinding, The Book Hut has long been a supplier of handmade tools and bookbinding equipment, and handbound books. Previously we have used a separate selling platform, but we are pleased to announce that thebookhut.co.uk now has its own online store. Please do have a look, and keep in touch for new items regularly added.

We have some beautiful handmade books and tools that you will not find anywhere else and some practical supplies and materials created with use, efficiency and aesthetic in mind.

The new corner cutter in action

Treasure Island | Starting a Fine Binding

Treasure Island Starting a Fine Binding

June 2016 will see the return of the Worthing Artists Open Houses to our seaside town. As a craftsperson, I have previously enjoyed the increased members of the public coming to say hello at The Book Hut, but never directly taken part. This year, however,  I will be much more involved, with two projects on display and a workshop at the Worthing Library, it’s all go at this end. The first, and key project, is that which is introduced here – Treasure Island – a fine binding of my own creating, that will be on display at StudioFreer in June. It is the first fine binding I have made for approximately four years, and the very first which will be available to buy.

Treasure Island | Starting a Fine Binding

The following initial stages were madeto the binding to prepare the text block for sewing:

  • Initially the cover was removed from the binding and kept for future use in the design process.
  • The textblock was then placed in the press and the spine lining and adhesive (animal glue) was removed manually with a spatular, having been previously softened with a wheat starch paste poultice.
  • The sections were then cleaned individually and put in the press for flattening.
  • The outer folio of each section was then guarded at the spine with a 12gsm tengujo tissue to reinforce them, and placed back in the press.
  • It is now ready to go onto the sewing frame.

In addition to the preparation of the sections, the leather has now been delivered for the later stages of the binding – a nice lime green goatskin.

Treasure Island the leather
Green goatskin ready for later stages of the binding


This book will be on display at StudioFreer 18th/19th June, 25th/26th June, 2nd/3rd July. It will be on sale at this time. If it is something you would be interested in purchasing, please do get in touch.

The Book Hut Giveaway | July 2015

The Book Hut Giveaway | July 2015

Each month I give away a book – these vary from month to month, depending on what I have that looks interesting! They are all second hand books, some more tatty and well loved than others, but all in tact.

To take part in the giveaway, you just need to comment on the blog post at the bottom of the page, on the subject listed below.

LAST MONTH’S WINNERS:

Gold – Jonathan Khoo
London Travel Guides –  Jenna M

Please email me with your address and I will post your book to you. Thank you very much for taking part and I hope you enjoy the book.

THE BOOK HUT GIVEAWAY | JULY 2015:

Stanley Spencer
Stanley Spencer
A Biography by Kenneth Pople

STANLEY SPENCER
A Biography by Kenneth Pople

This is the first biography of Stanley Spencer to be written with the full co-operation of Spencer’s family, and access to his letters and diaries. Kenneth Pople’s method is to advance biographically by examining the pictures in detail. His analysis demonstrates that there never was an artist for whom life and art were so much of a piece, and that without understanding Spencer’s doings and circumstances, we have no hope of understanding the paintings. He reveals for the first time, for example, the complexity of Spencer’s thinking behind his divorce of his first wife and life-long inspiration, Hilda, his marriage to his lesbian second wife, and his desperate attempts therafter to establish a menage a trois. Spencer was, as is well-known, born, brought up, and for the whole of his life rooted in the tiny community of Cookham on the Thames. The sense of place which is everywhere prevalent in Spencer’s paintings is examined in this biography. This work integrates biography, analysis of paintings and extracts from Spencer’s own writing.

COMMENT ON:

One of your favourite early 21st century artists

(Comments box is at the bottom of the post)

KEEP IN TOUCH:

If you would like to hear about next months giveaway, please follow this blog using the box at the bottom of the page, and you will get emailed when it is posted.

Please spread the word by sharing on Facebook and Twitter by using the links at the bottom of the page.

The Book Hut Giveaway | June 2015

The Book Hut Giveaway | June 2015

Each month I give away a book – these vary from month to month, depending on what I have that looks interesting! They are all second hand books, some more tatty and well loved than others, but all in tact.

To take part in the giveaway, you just need to comment on the blog post at the bottom of the page, on the subject listed.

LAST MONTH’S WINNERS:

The Other Queen – Mary G
Never Look Away – Jenna O
The Complete Book of Herbs – Lisa K

Please email me with your address and I will post your book to you. Thank you very much for taking part and I hope you enjoy the book.

THE BOOK HUT GIVEAWAY | JUNE 2015:

Gold
Gold
by Chris Cleaver

GOLD
by Chris Cleave

The third novel from Chris Cleave, author of the bestselling The Other Hand. Kate and Zoe are friends but also ardent rivals – athletes at the top of their game, fighting to compete in the world’s greatest sporting contest. Each scarred by tragedy, and each with a great deal to lose, they must choose between family and glory and ask themselves: what will I sacrifice?

London Travel Guides
London Travel Guides
Rough Guides

LONDON TRAVEL GUIDES
by London Rough Guides

London has something for everyone – art galleries and shopping arcades, spacious parks and grand palaces. Detailed colour maps, tube map and practical information on all the essentials, make getting around easy. With chapters dedicated to the best hotels, restaurants and cafés, pubs and bars, live music and clubs, shops, theatre, kids’ activities and more.

COMMENT ON:

One of your favourite places to visit in London

(Comments are at the bottom of the post)

KEEP IN TOUCH:

If you would like to hear about next months giveaway, please follow this blog using the box at the bottom of the page, and you will get emailed when it is posted.

Please spread the word by sharing on Facebook and Twitter by using the links at the bottom of the page.

The Book Hut Giveaway | May 2015

As summer is on it’s way, it seemed like a good time to start a new monthly post – a book giveaway! These will all be second hand books, some more tatty and well loved than others, but all in tact.

The idea is that each month, I will post a new (old!) book which will be that month’s giveaway. It might be fiction or non fiction depending on what I have that looks interesting. In order to be eligible for winning that month’s giveaway, you will need to add a comment to the post on the subject that I have listed for that month. For example, the subject might be something like your favourite plant, should it be a book on gardening.

To celebrate the start of this new post series, I am starting the giveaway with three books, two fiction and one non-fiction – hopefully all of which will be on interest.

The Book Hut Giveaway | May 2015:

IMG_0337The Other Queen
By Phillippa Gregory

A dramatic novel of passion, politics and betrayal from the author of The Other Boleyn Girl. Mary, Queen of Scots, fights to regain her kingdom whilst under the guard of Queen Elizabeth’s trusted accomplice, Bess of Hardwick.

 

 

 


IMG_0335Never Look Away
By Linwood Barclay

It starts with a trip to a local amusement park. David Harwood is hoping a carefree day will help dispel his wife Jan’s recent depression that has led to frightening thoughts of suicide. Instead, a day of fun with their son Ethan turns into a nightmare.

 

 

 

IMG_0333The Complete Book Of Herbs
By Lesley Bremness

Before embarking on your design, consider how much time and effort you are willing to put into your herb garden and how much maintenance any proposed scheme is likely to require.

 

 

 

 

To be part of the giveaway, please add a comment on the post on:

You’re favourite book!
(Please also include your choice of the three books!)


If you would like to hear about next months giveaway, please follow this blog using the box in the right hand column, and you will get emailed when it is posted.

Please spread the word by sharing on Facebook and Twitter by using the links at the bottom of the page.

This week at The Book Hut

This is just a snippet of goodness to share what is going on at The Book Hut in Worthing this week.

Well I would be remiss if I did not mention the biggest news this week – that being the East Beach Studios winning Sunny Worthing Awards for Best Arts and Crafts Business! It was a great night, held at St Pauls in Worthing, with many of us hutters in attendance in our glad rags. Here is our official photo, taken by the fantastic Ed Watts:

Sunny Worthing Award for Best Arts & Crafts Business Worthing
Sunny Worthing Award for Best Arts & Crafts Business Worthing

I also managed to finish two rebacks this week, along with some shoulder repair on a little Victorian quarter binding, and a spine repair on a little cloth binding. All very satisfying to get to work on and quite pleasing to see finished – here’s to hoping their owners are also pleased!

Drift Lines, who make the ever popular foxtails and ears, have brought me along another stash of foxtails, as well as some bunny bums! Ears to follow before Easter, and then it will be bunnies & foxes rather than cops & robbers – a bit more gruesome when you think about it!

Drift Lines Bunny Bums!
Drift Lines Bunny Bums!

Finally the pamphlet bindings are done and are now on Etsy for your perusal and purchase!

Pamphlet bindings looking lovely
Pamphlet bindings looking lovely