bookbinding assistant

Gibbs Bookbinding

Fine hand bookbinding studio seeks detailed oriented assistant with established craft skills. This work requires manual dexterity, ability to work standing, and comfort performing repetitive tasks in an accurate and precise manner.

The work schedule is 1-2 days per week, 9:30 am to 5 pm. Currently availability is needed for Tuesdays, Wednesdays, or Thursdays. A $15 parking stipend per day is provided. Payment is by weekly check; this is an independent contractor position and doesn’t include withholding.


The nature of the work will encompass both production hand bookbinding, including folding, sewing, and cutting by hand, and conservation treatment techniques, including dry cleaning and minor paper repair. While training will be provided for the specific requirements of the assigned tasks, this is not an educational program, apprenticeship, or internship.


  • folding pages

  • sewing books

  • making clamshell boxes

  • dry cleaning pages

  • minor paper repair


This is a studio handcraft fabrication job, which is best suited to those with craft backgrounds.


  • attention to detail

  • willingness for corrections to technique and method

  • patience to work accurately and to strict technical requirements

  • focus on repetitive tasks over a long period of time


  • edition work can be repetitive, but attention cannot diminish

  • the work is conducted standing up

  • bookbinding is quite physical, requiring both hand skills and strength

  • there’s a studio dog

How to Apply

Please note that portfolio samples should be a demonstration of hand skills, attention to detail, and craft. They do not need to be book-related; any hand craft or artistic discipline is appropriate.

Apply online only:

No phone calls

Questions to

The ideal candidate will be detail-oriented, conscientious, capable of performing repetitive tasks with a high level of accuracy, and demonstrate craft-related hand skills and an understanding of the focused nature of working in a studio environment.

Candidates need to be able to work standing up; lift 40 pounds; perform repetitive tasks; not be sensitive to dust. Covid vaccinations need to be up-to-date.

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Posted on May 14