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Michael O'Brien



As I choose to live in a small town, I understand that in a shrinking economy I must reach a broader audience. This is a bit tough for a confirmed luddite!  ....  Hence this site.


I served an 8,000 hour apprenticeship, worked at hand binderies in Auckland and London and attended evening classes with David Sellars and Sally Lou Smith in the 1980's. I've been self-employed since 1988, moving to Oamaru in 1994.


My main vocation is restoration, but I also accept commissions for expressive bindings and with help from my mother and friends,  my bindery also produces an extensive range of craft bindings off the shelf.


I teach students and offer accommodation. Wide media coverage has helped to bring in work and I hope, has shown that it is possible to live a better life following a meaningful craft, whilst interacting with others.

Bookbinding Michael O'Brien





Mon-Fri 2pm-5pm  

Weekend-open by arrangement

Michael O'Brien-Bookbinder

7 Tyne Street

Oamaru 9400

North Otago

New Zealand


Telephone  +64 3 4349277

Fax                  4347561



Have nothing in your houses

that you do not know to be useful,

nor believe to be beautiful.


 William Morris

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