Books Bound and Repaired

121 Sales


Books Bound and Repaired

121 Sales On Etsy since 2009

5 out of 5 stars
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Announcement   Though my main work in the bindery is bespoke commission and repair, I do occasionally have bound lovelies, fun paper treats, and favourite bindery tools for sale here. ~Enjoy~

Last updated on Sep 25, 2015

Though my main work in the bindery is bespoke commission and repair, I do occasionally have bound lovelies, fun paper treats, and favourite bindery tools for sale here. ~Enjoy~


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Average item review
5 out of 5 stars
Miriam Butcher

Miriam Butcher on Feb 12, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

Thank you Sonya, looking forward to putting these to good use!

Miriam Butcher

Miriam Butcher on Feb 12, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

Thank you Sonya, looking forward to putting these to good use!

Erin Wishart

Erin Wishart on Nov 5, 2015

5 out of 5 stars

Arrived on time, exactly as ordered, thanks:) Really beautifully presented and I can't wait to start using it. Thanks again

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A passion for bookbinding, an old schoolhouse, great music, and a promise.

I came to binding later in life, after a career as a linguist and teacher in years gone by. The all manual techniques that I use are honest, tactile, and cannot be rushed. That has forced me to slow the creative process and appreciate the beautiful tools, materials, mechanics, skills and ideas that flow in the quiet spaces of time.

Nearly six years ago, we bought an old schoolhouse. Though it was significant to it's rural community, a lovely example of timber frame federation public buildings, and in terrific shape, it wasn't heritage protected. We could have bought land anywhere, but this was a chance to save and restore a piece of history, to settle into and contribute to a village environment, and be able to work from home with a productive garden and orchard to keep us grounded and honest. The schoolhouse has being repaired so all my old bindery buddies (Herc the guillotine, Nipper the table press and Derek the standing press) can feel at home. You can see a panorama picture of them all on my shop banner.

I like all kinds of music in the bindery - Handel, Beethoven, Miles Davis, ACDC, Count Basey, Fleetwood Mac, Vince Jones, James Taylor, and more recently, Adele and Lior. I'm not sure if the music on the day influences the binding, or the other way around.

I made this promise many years ago to my Gran to further the bookbinding skills my late uncle crafted so beautifully, and explore the family gifts that my Gran saw in me. As often happens, life got in the way, but finally I took the plunge and began to craft books by hand. Bless her, she was right.

So, why the name 'Sago on Tuesdays"?

You can read all about that story on my blog. I hope you will venture there and enjoy it.

~Thanks, and my best to you~

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  • Sonya Macdonald

    Owner, Maker, Bookbinder

    In this lovely village, In a schoolhouse with history, Surrounded by productive garden, Mountains, cool country air and loving family... Who wouldn't feel the inspiration to use a trade of tradition, and make beautiful books that last.

Shop policies

Last updated on April 28, 2015
Our family goal is to move each day toward a more simple, sustainable life. Hand made treasures are sustainable longlived gifts and personal companions that use low-tech, low-emission skills, and last a lifetime. I dedicate myself to this rare trade, and in return, it teaches me to take in life and realise it's honest rewards..

To see more of the Sago bindery, perhaps you'd like to visit my website, at
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Accepted payment methods

  • Accepts Etsy gift cards
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DIRECT DEPOSIT (AUSTRALIAN CUSTOMERS ONLY): If you are purchasing in Australia, and would prefer to pay by Direct Deposit, then please notify me within 24 hours of your purchase and I'll send you the account details. Please pay within three days if using this method, and notify me by email that you have done it. Thanks.

RESERVED ITEMS: If you have requested an item be reserved, it is done so happliy for 3 days unless otherwise arranged with me. After that, I will return it to its normal section in the shop. Of course, communication is the key. I'm always happy to make other arrangements so long as you keep in touch. : )
MULTIPLE ITEMS POLICY: I have not listed a multiple items shipping cost, but it is possible if you live in Australia, so please convo before paying and I'll check out if I can reduce the rate for you.. If you are purchasing from overseas, I cannot reduce shipping rates as most go on weight.

I send parcels generally by pre-paid satchel, which usually take about 3-6 days.For international shipping, I use regular Sea Mail, as it is the most cost effective for you. If you'd like other options, like Air Mail, insurance, combined shipping, express or registered post, please convo me for a price.

IMPORTANT NOTE: My shipping rates, including the free shipping within Australia, are for standard unregistered mail services unless otherwise stated. I am very careful to take utmost care and transparency when sending items. I take photos of items I have sold once they are packed, postage paid and stamped ready to send, so you can verify if need be that I have paid for shipping and safely sent your item to the address you specified. Unless you have arranged for additional registered mail, I cannot however be responsible beyond that for non-receipt of items. It is very unfortunate, but some etsy players who have seen to profit from falsely claiming non-delivery make honest artists and sellers less generous and more cautious. If you are in any doubt about your postal service, then I urge you to arrange registered postage as I do when making online purchases.
Refunds and Exchanges
ETSY IS SUPPOSED TO BE FUN: If you are unhappy in any way with the purchased item you have received, please convo me within 3 days of receiving it, and we can arrange return of the item and a refund (ex. shipping) of the item cost. Any refunds will be made via Paypal refund transfer. This is the only secure way that refunds can be made from my store. I am sure you understand.
Custom orders include a non-refundable deposit component of $20, owing to the fact that it has been made exclusively for you.
Additional policies and FAQs
CUSTOM ORDERS: I would be thrilled to make a custom treasure for you. It is a pleasure to create something so personal. Given the custom materials, additional time and personal nature of these orders, there is a $20 non-refundable deposit which you make at the initial ordering stage, with the balance payable when your item is listed as completed and reserved.

Enjoy browsing. I hope I have something here for you.