Michael O'Brien Bookbinder

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GMdoc529003
Murwillumbah, Australia34 contributions
Nov 2019
as much a museum as a bookstore, if you are interested in antarctic exploration this is a must, the books and equipment on display are amazing
Written 17 November 2019
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lindsaywalker2018
New Zealand53 contributions
Nov 2018 • Couples
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.
Written 13 November 2018
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OldGoatsKnowBest
103 contributions
May 2018 • Couples
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.
Written 11 June 2018
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Rme48
Oamaru, New Zealand390 contributions
Jan 2017 • Solo
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.
Written 14 February 2017
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invisible999
Singapore, Singapore956 contributions
Jan 2017 • Couples
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.
Written 1 January 2017
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michaelbkolsky
Surprise, AZ1,067 contributions
Dec 2016 • Couples
owner very nice. special place to visit and see what books are available. Explorer and sightseeing books plentiful
Written 10 December 2016
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TheZenOfThings
Raglan, New Zealand48 contributions
Jul 2015 • Couples
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 for purchase, or order a commission. If you're keen on learning the craft yourself, check out the bookbinding classes Michael runs periodically. Highly recommended to those who love books and appreciate true craftsmanship. (NB. My visit was in June 2014, however Trip Advisor didn't enable that option!)
Written 23 June 2016
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Gypsy2829
Dunedin, New Zealand109 contributions
Jun 2016 • Friends
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 binding - a time consuming work of art highlighting a true craftsman. Passionate about his work he took the time to show samples and details of this work in progress. There were some beautifully bound note books for sale that would make a special gift for a person who enjoyed books and crafted paper.
Written 16 June 2016
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Josie1232003
Nelson-Tasman Region, New Zealand60 contributions
May 2016 • Couples
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.
Written 4 June 2016
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Harmeet B
31 contributions
Apr 2016 • Couples
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 final outcomes all around was great. Seemed pretty passionate about what he did and keeping the tradition alive. He also had a few comments on the change in architecture post Christchurch earthquake which I found quite interesting.
Written 30 April 2016
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