Profile: Octavia Bindery

Tucked away in the Southwest corner of downtown Calgary, Robert Leigh Angus runs a cloth over a piece of embossed leather, staining it with rich amber-coloured dye.

“There’s nothing not to love about book binding,” says Angus. “It’s very hands on, it’s very crafty–perfection is everything.”

His choice of trade was purely accidental. Starting out publishing, one of Angus’ clients asked if he could bind in hardcover, and down the rabbit hole he went.

“It is the hardest kind of art that somebody could get involved with as a craftsperson—I use everything I ever learned.”