The aim of the Western Australian Craft Bookbinders Guild is to promote and exhibit the art of the hand-bound book, maintaining the traditional craft bookbinding skills. Based in Perth, the Guild has members in country Western Australia and also attends country events.





The Secretary
PO Box 462
Kelmscott, 6991 Western Australia

President  Jo Shoobert  shoobydo62@gmail.com

Secretary  Tony Lock  wabookbinders@gmail.com



  • Last Monday of the month, starting at 7:00pm, and are held at McDougall House in McDougall Park in Como
  • Regular events an courses here.


The Guild was formed by master bookbinders and enthusiastic amateurs in Perth in mid-1984. The Guild has grown over the past 29 years and has a core group of skilled people who not only make and restore books, but also display to the general public at annual events such as the Quilt and Craft Show and the RAS Perth Royal Show. The Guild also displays their books and bookbinding skills at various smaller events in local government areas such as the Guildford Heritage day.

There are currently five Guilds within Australia, being Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Canberra and Perth. In some of these Guilds two streams operate; traditional bookbinding and book art. In some cases the Book Art societies have formed a separate organisation. In Western Australia our emphasis is on traditional bookbinding although support and encouragement is given to those wishing to explore book art.

Membership is from all over the metropolitan area with some members in country towns such as Toodyay and Collie, and all executive positions are filled by volunteers. The Guild meets monthly to show off new work, have presentations by guest speakers, undertake short workshops and ask questions on how to proceed with all aspects of bookbinding. The Guild also makes a range of materials available for sale to members. See the For Sale section for further details.