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The Ox Bindery

Books, Paper and Parchment Conservation
Fine and Design Binding

Welcome to the Ox Bindery, situated in the heart of the Ox Mountains in the North West of Ireland.

We, Benjamin van de Wetering and Ineke Scholte, are specialized in the hand bound book be it conserving the old or creating a new.

We also offer bookbinding weekend courses. If you wish you can stay at our Bed in Barn, a self catering accommodation (opposite the studio).

Visit our FACE BOOK page for new products, latest news, events and the special St. Patricks' YEATS 2015 gift to president Obama.

Benjamin is an - in the Netherlands trained  and qualified - hand bookbinder and an ICRI accredited conservator in books, paper and parchment. He has over 16 years of experience.

Benjamin as a renowed senior conservator, works for National and Local authorities and private clients as well.  

  • Among his clients are a. o: 
    The National Archives, UCD Archives and special collections, Kings Inns Library, Jackie Clarke Collection, County Libraries, The National Trust
  • As a Fine and Design Binder he made bindings to commission a.o for
    Taoiseach Enda Kenny, vice-president Joe Biden, presidents Michael Higgins, Barack Obama and his daughters

Ineke concentrates herself on the decorative and funny side of the handbound book. She creates unique craft and desing books in a variety of sizes and shapes which can be seen and ordered  on our Piggelmee website. Visit also the Fun and Fantasy Books and Black board Facebook page.

On this website you will find information on:

  •  conservation, illustrated with photographs of conservation treatment. 
  •  useful information on save keeping and handling of your objects on the preservation pages.
  • If you have a piece or collection that is in need of conservation treatment or a particular binding requirement, we offer a free initial personal consultation. Use the client login as guest and you will find a sample of a conservation report.
  • On the Fine and Design Binding pages you find an overview of new created books bound following traditional methods.
  • Have also a look at our Piggelmee books.and discover books that can't be confined to shelves.

We offer bookbinding weekend courses in our workshop in the rural tranquility of the Ox Mountains, where participants can step away from the hustle and bustle of daily live and tiptoe back in time to recreate bindings from past periods. If you are interested in a course, please do contact us.
Self catering accommodation is available.
If there are any queries feel free to contact us.

Panorama picture of the Ox Bindery


Panorama picture of the Ox Bindery





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Florence Court library, 20-22 Oct. 2015

Book Shoes, Book Slippers and more

On behalf of the National Trust we were working on a three day project of conserving books of Florence Court. 

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Published at: 2015-10-25

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