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World Class and a must visit.

Michael is a master craftsman of world renoun. He is simply a leader in the field of making and... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
New Zealand
You should see it if you are interested in book printing

Lovely small shop within antique book printing/making equipment, accompanied with smell of wooden... read more

Reviewed 2 January 2017
Singapore, Singapore
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4 weeks ago
“World Class and a must visit.”
11 Jun 2018
“Enter if walking by”
7 Tyne Street, Oamaru 9400, New Zealand
+64 3-434 9277
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Michael is a master craftsman of world renoun. He is simply a leader in the field of making and restoring books the way they were made 100 plus years ago. Incredibly approachable and friendly this man shows and typifies the Oamaru spirit and class.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank lindsaywalker2018
Reviewed 11 June 2018

If you are doing the Victorian Precinct you will at some stage find yourself outside this place. If it is open, you will not regret taking a peep.

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank OldGoatsKnowBest
Reviewed 14 February 2017

Popped in a few times about a query and possible work to be done. Like walking back in time no doubt and although lovely service by a lady who took messages have not met bookbinder yet. Not a lot to see.

Date of experience: January 2017
Thank Rme48
Reviewed 2 January 2017 via mobile

Lovely small shop within antique book printing/making equipment, accompanied with smell of wooden glue and printing inks. Make sure you chat with shop owner- you will learn a lot about book printing.

Date of experience: January 2017
Thank invisible999
Reviewed 11 December 2016

owner very nice. special place to visit and see what books are available. Explorer and sightseeing books plentiful

Date of experience: December 2016
Thank michaelbkolsky
Reviewed 24 June 2016

It was a pleasure to finally meet Michael (he hand-made our wedding album almost two decades ago!) Stepping into Michael's bookbinding workshop is like stepping back in time. Traditional craftsman, in a historic part of town (part of the renaissance of that area). Handmade books...More

Date of experience: July 2015
Thank TheZenOfThings
Reviewed 16 June 2016

We were walking around the Oamaru Victorian precinct when we passed the bookbinder. He was working away and we went in to observe for a few minutes. He was working on a commissioned book with leather tooled covered boards and silk sewn edges to the...More

Date of experience: June 2016
Thank Gypsy2829
Reviewed 5 June 2016

Michael is wonderful - we need more of his type. He's passionate about his craft, the preservation of the precinct, and a great raconteur to boot. A treat to visit his shop and chat.

Date of experience: May 2016
Thank Josie1232003
Reviewed 30 April 2016

Were just walking around in Oamaru when we came across the Bookbinder. I am so glad we went in, met up and watched. Michael stories were funny and work was great. Just being in the place were you could see them work and see the...More

Date of experience: April 2016
Thank Harmeet B
Reviewed 18 March 2015

Michael is a skilled and informative bookbinder whose stories and tales will have you spellbound. He is passionate about his trade and your will be in awe at what he still continues to create today.

Date of experience: December 2014
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