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

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.



- Deacidification and cleaning.
- Infilling losses.
- Bleaching.

- Reconstruction of various forms of headbands.
- Reattaching headbands.

- Restoration of different sorts of paper and wooden boards.

- Working with leather dressings.
- Repairing leather joints.
- Rebacking.

- Cleaning.
- Softening.

Custom boxes:

The cost of a restoration depends on the degree of damage. A note describing the work done is made for each restored book. It includes a description of the condition of the book when it arrives in our workshop as well as the undertaken treatments.
Features which will be covered by the restoration will be photographed.

Records of repairs and photographs of restorations carried out in our workshop can be looked in after appointment.

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