Toolmaker, Bookbinder & Podcaster
Brien Beidler is a toolmaker and bookbinder. In his book work, Brien inspired by historic bindings in their ability to harmonize fine craftsmanship, quirky but elegant aesthetics, and evidence of the hands that made them. Beginning with this tradition as a baseline, Brien's bindings seek ways to create new compositions from these historic precedents.
Brien also creates a limited assortment of specialized hand tools for bookbinding and its related trades.
Over the last ten years Brien has taken and taught a variety of bookbinding and toolmaking workshops, and is an active member of the Guild of Book Workers. In the fall of 2016, he and his partner in crime upped their roots in Charleston, South Carolina and set up shop in Bloomington, Indiana, where Brien works from his home studio with Wren, his curmudgeonly Brittany.