Gilding Mentoring

gilding mentoringAs I am offering myself as a gilding mentor I feel I should tell you something about myself.

My name is Richard Norman, I am 62 years old, married with a 21 year old daughter. We live in South West France.

I qualified as a bookbinder after attending a two-year full time City & Guilds course at Brunel College, Bristol. I was then asked to set up a bindery by the monks at Downside Abbey in Somerset. My wife and I ran this bindery, together with a fine printing facility andpaper marbling studio, for nearly 25 years before moving to France for a better quality of life for our daughter.



We also did a great deal of gilding, onto leather and wood as well as gesso. 

Prior to the closing of the workshops they had been voted a National Living Treasure for the workshops contribution to the book arts.

So I feel I speak as a mature, qualified & experienced craftsman.


For the past five years I have been helping people into the craft of gilding and its companion trades by offering myself as a potential friend and mentor.


This gilding mentoring, or one on one help and advice, will take the form that suits you, whether you need help finding a teacher, or suggestions about learning at home, if you need equipment or materials I undertake to put you in touch with those offering the best value for money. 
I help to clear away any misconceptions about the craft of gilding and bring you greater understanding. 
I try to take you from where you are in relation to the craft of gilding, to where you would like to be. 


Here I offer myself as a mentor to help you get started in gilding or perhaps help you through your gilding project for a period of 3 months, for the nominal sum of £15.00.


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Hi there, I've been browsing your wonderful website and I can't wait to have a go at some of the techniques you explore on there. Your manuals are definitely the best Iv'e found on the internet. 
Seb Dale 
I just want to salute your generosity in giving away your gilding knowledge. Excellent guide books,  I was not able to find such a simplified explanation in any book at the local library. 
Ghassan Haddad 
After looking at various sites and suppliers on the net, your site is just wonderful - clear, accessible, descriptive and demystifying. Thanks so much for making your knowledge available! Liz 
You did a brilliant job of mentoring me through my project, it turned out very well, I am extremely happy with the results.
Your manuals are excellent. I easily worked my way through your gilded manuscript project and the result is now framed and hanging in my living room. Thank you.