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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 1 January 2017
Singapore, Singapore
via mobile
cool shop

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

Reviewed 10 December 2016
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11 Jun 2018
“Enter if walking by”
13 Feb 2017
“Quaint and different.”
7 Tyne Street, Oamaru 9400, New Zealand
+64 3-434 9277
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Reviewed 22 July 2013

Michael O'Brien is a traditional bookbinder in his Victorian bindery in the Historic Precinct in Oamaru. What an amazing place to visit and find book gifts. I go here regularly for Christmas gifts and always have a chat as Michael will spend time if he...More

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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.

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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.

Thank Rme48
Reviewed 1 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.

Thank invisible999
Reviewed 10 December 2016

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

Thank michaelbkolsky
Reviewed 23 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

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

Thank Gypsy2829
Reviewed 4 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.

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

Thank Harmeet B
Reviewed 17 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.

Thank TwoTravellers34
Reviewed 10 February 2015

As opposed to many reviews here, I had actually visited this bindery as I was interested in commissioning a full leather binding for a hand written translation of a French book I had done. When I asked for a rough estimate of cost, Michael immediately...More

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