Our workshop

After being located more than a quarter of a century in the historic site Begijnhof in Diest, on the 1st of July 2015 we moved our studio to the Statiestraat 40, a lively neighborhood situated in the middle of the station and the Market square.

After 8 months of restoring the 17th century building, situated in the Heilige Geeststraat 7 in the Begijnhof, the home bindery named “Handboekbinderij – Restauratieatelier Jan Camps" opened.

In January 1995 Julia, in the meantime Misses Camps, came to work in the studio, where she also received her training as bookbinder – restorer of old books and paper.

Traditional hand bookkbinding


Art Bindings

In September 1999 the studio changed of name to “Hanboekbinderij – Restauratieatelier J. – J. Camps" which stands for “Jan – Julia".

Clients are welcome after appointment from Thuesday until Sunday.

Creating artbindings for exhibitions or bookbinding competitions are one of their spare – time pleasures.

In January 2009 J. – J. started with teaching in their studio on a one – to – one basis.

Students can choose for tailormade teaching on a specific technique or to help them out on different problems.

For small groups, with a maximum of 8 students, J. – J. organizes each year different workshops unther the name of “Engramdagen".

Each subject of the “Engramdagen" are organised by J. – J. only once. If students are interested in a given course, they have to form their own group of at least 5 persons and a maximum of 8.

education in the bindery


During these seminars all sorts of bookbinding technics are studied and executed in every detail.
Depending on the subject, the seminar is taught by Jan Camps alone, or together with one or more professional tutors.
The seminars are always organised in a room within the walls of the historical Beguinage, a piece of UNESCO world heritage in Diest.
The ‘Engramdays’ offer students the possibility to discover new technics or refine their knowledge in a small group unther supervision of professional teachers.

Bookbinding in our studio or on location worldwide.

As mentioned in the column “About us”, teaching bookbinding on a location worldwide is one of the services we provide.

We had the pleasure providing this service from May 5th untill May 15th in Beirut.

Mr. Katchadourian invited us to help with the start of the “KOHAR Artisan Bookbindery” a part of the “KOHAR – Library”.

Three bookbinders will be binding, preserve and restore the important collection of books about Armenian history and Armenian music.

Cased and laced bindings, cleaning leather, restoration of board corners and joints, the bases of paperrestoration and tooling, it was all brought up during a very intens 10 days workshop.

Are you interested, as a group, school or as an individual to organise a tailormade workshop with skills we provide, we’ll come to you. Do not hesitate to contact us if you want more details or if you want us to work out a programm for you.

Kohar Library, Beirut, Lebanon

“Masterclasses Card”

Bookbinding, Bookrestoration, Goldtooling or Artbinding.

Only on Saturdays after appointment between 9h00 and 18h00.

Students are familiar with the basic bookbinding techniques.

You have an idea or a design for an artbinding,

you want to start a restoration, finish a full leather binding or want to learn a specific technique,

but you still have some doubts, there still remain some questions or you don't own the right equipment;

This card gives you the opportunity to work in a small group, up to 4 persons only, on a Saturday, in our studio where we provide personal guidance.

Together with this personal guidance you'll have the whole studio and the library at your disposal.

Feel free to bring your own leather, parchment or paper, but know it is also possible to purchase these items in our studio (Pay what you use only).

We do not allow students to work with materials of a minor quality, not only to guarantee a perfect result but also to make them familiar with top quality materials.

The card is valid for one year starting the day of purchase and can be used by the cardholder only.

Do not hesitate to contact us if you want to give the card as a present.


1 daypart is 4 hours: €94,00

12 dayparts: €590,00

We do not only pass on our skills in our studio, but we also go on locations in Belgium or abroad, both for education on a one – to – one basis and for groups.

If you still have questions, feel free to contact us.

traditional hand bookbinding

We bind:

- Magazines, newspapers, ledgers, journals etc.

- Quarter – half – and three – quarter leather bindings as well as full leather bindings with or without decoration.

- We design and carry out contemporary bindings in paper, cloth, leather and parchment.

Statiestraat 40 B-3290 DIEST - 0032 478 11 22 04 - info@boekbinderij-camps.be