Practising the age old craft of hand bookbinding

At Barbara Hubert Bookbinding we enjoy practising the age-old craft of hand bookbinding. I have always had a love of books and enjoyed reading them, so it was a small step to want to “make” them. I learned the trade by doing an apprenticeship in Darmstadt, Germany.

From early on I was fascinated by the sheer endless versatility of materials such as leather and paper. Now I employ traditional techniques to make books and related objects in classic and contemporary styles. It is very satisfying to give a text a sound structure and to make the cover tactile and visually pleasing. A well-bound book should be a pleasure to handle and enhance the joy of reading and writing.

Established in 1997, Barbara Hubert Hand Bookbindery is run by Barbara Hubert and her dedicated staff.

All of our binding work is carried out by hand, with an acute attention to detail and a durable finish thus ensuring that our products have a distinctive look. Our Clients include Institutions, Universities, Art Colleges, Photographers, Book Dealers as well as Bibliophiles and the General Public.

We supply a number of shops in Ireland with our hand-made stationery.


Waterstones, Cork City Centre.

Their shop, which has entrances on Patrick St (the main street) and Paul St, is a haven for local book lovers and visitors alike. Their staff have expertise which reflects the wide variety of books stocked and are more than willing to recommend and promote titles both local and international. They are part of Cork’s vibrant cultural life hosting readings, lectures, launches and signings in an attractive literary setting.


Cork Craft & Design, Douglas, Cork.

From ceramicists, jewellers and textile-workers to furniture-makers, wood turners and carvers, paper and felt makers, sculptors and many more, Cork Craft & Design brings together the very best of Cork’s unique creative arts and crafts and is a celebration of the amazing abundance and variety of high quality craft produced in Cork County and City.

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Design Shop Nano Nagle Place, Douglas Street, Cork City.

Whether you are visiting Cork and looking for a unique memento or you are a Cork native hunting for the perfect gift our shop has something for you.

They have an eclectic mix of Cork made design and print items, educational toys, books and some very quirky designer gifts.

Little Green Dot

Little Green Dot, Clonakilty, West Cork

Craft Studio & Irish-Made Design Shop
Handmade Toys & Crafted Baby Gifts
Showcasing the work of 25 Cork-based Makers/Designers
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The Craft Shop, Bantry.

Christine opened The Craft Shop in 1976 and Fourty Years later she still has many of the same Craftworkers and lots of new ones, producing Wonderful Handmade Crafts


Bébhínn, The Quay, Co. Waterford.

BEBHINN stocks a carefully curated selection of Irish Design by makers from all around Ireland. Made in Ireland – Made to Last

Cait & I

Cait & I, Market St, Sligo.

Cait & I is a contemporary Irish Design and Craft shop in the heart of Sligo town which was set up by sisters Tara and Kathleen McGowan in 2016.  A carefully curated selection of utterly gorgeous and ethical Irish Design goods including jewellery and accessories, stationery, homewares, skincare and baby gifts.

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Ardmore Pottery and Gallery, Ardmore, Co. Waterford

Mary Lincoln established Ardmore Pottery and Gallery in 1983 out of her home in Ardmore, Co. Waterford. The premises, having expanded over the years, has maintained its original location. Ardmore Pottery and Gallery is proud to have sustained its founding ethos: to house under one roof the best of Irish craftwork alongside a working pottery studio.

The Pen Corner

The Pen Corner, College Green, Dublin 2.

A classy stationer and Dublin’s fountain pen specialist since 1927; the Pen Corner sells all types of writing instruments to those who are bored by email and want to get in touch the old-fashioned way. Fountain pens are displayed in discreetly lit cabinets on the ground floor, while the elegant basement stocks fine art greeting cards and high-quality stationery.

Daisie Stone

Daisie Stone, Dalkey, Dublin.

Daisie Stone, situated in the heritage sea-side town of Dalkey, Co. Dublin, founded by mother & daughter team in 2016. Joanne & Carly have a real passion for lovingly choosing a varied and fabulous collection of textiles, ceramics, jewellery, prints & other exciting gift ideas. They love nothing more than traveling around Ireland discovering unique products with an aim to celebrate contemporary Irish Design that would look beautiful in any home.


Black Abbey Crafts, Adare, Limerick.

Black Abbey Crafts have a wonderful array of Irish crafts, linens and souvenirs. They also stock Irish made pottery, glass, pewter and much more. Black Abbey is renowned for it’s selection of Irish linen and Limerick lace. They also stock a full range of souvenirs, books and music of Irish interest. Whether you are a visitor to Adare or a discerning local shopper, you are sure to find something in Black Abbey Crafts to tempt you.

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