Binding classes


We devote time to teach the craft of bookbinding in my bindery.

We offer binding classes in weekly courses and workshops during one or more days.

Since 2011 I organise master classes for which we invite reputable, international well known bookbinders and paper artists as guest teachers.

These guest teachers are specialists in bindingstructures they developped and they like to teach their knowledge to interessed binders of all levels.

Of course you always need basic knowledge of bookbinding for most lessons.

If needed the level you need to have is wrote down in the information about the master class.

The master classes wil be in our bindery in Blokker.

In collaboration with Elbel-Libro Bookbinding in Haarlem (near Amsterdam) we organize , if possible, Meet & Greets with these guest teachers during their stay here.

For every course, workshop or master class we have waitinglists when classes are full.

In case someone has to cancel you might be lucky if you are on this waitinglist.

Bindery Wilgenkamp is Certified Elbel Libro Instructor.

The ‘Bookbinding Out of the box’ structures as developed by Benjamin Elbel are a regular part of our workshop program.

We have guest teachers from France, United Kingdom, Sweden, Switserland, United States, Germany and Spain.

Participants in these master classes come from all over the world: The Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, France, Sweden, Norway, United Kingdom, United States, Brasil, China and Italy.

A few days working in a nice and international atmosphere in which a lot of things are exchanged and people become friends across the borders.

Binding classes on location

We also provides workshops on location for all kind of groups.

For anyone who is interested in making a book as a event for all levels of teachers, friends, students or companies, we offer them tailor made for your group.

We require a minimum of six participants with a maximum of fifteen, depending of the group and location.

Examples of lessons on location

In cooperation with Artcentre De Blauwe Schuit in Hoorn we organize workshops especially developped for teachers of primary schools.

We did special lessons bookbinding for the ROC Horizoncollege, for the students of the Graphical Design.

We can also organise workshops for your bookbinding needs in our bindery with a maximum of six participants.

How to get there

Our bindery is easily to reach.

  • Amsterdam Central Station – Hoorn Kersenboogerd station, direct connection by Intercity train, 39 minutes.
  • Schiphol – Hoorn Kersenboogerd station, direct connection by Sprinter train, 45 minutes.
  • Alkmaar tation- Hoorn Kersenboogerd station with a change in Hoorn, 31 minutes.
  • Hoorn Kersenboogerd – Bindery Wilgenkam, about 12 minutes walk.
  • Coming by car: Parking on our driveway or in the street is no problem.

For more information please contact us by email or phone.

Trivia: Blokker is the only village in the Netherlands where the Beatles had a concert on the 6th of June in 1964.

We even have a Beatles monument!