I spent a lot of time at the bindery when I was growing up, and started sewing books when I was about 12. In 1999, having completed my A-levels the previous year, I started working for Dad and learning the trade. I moved from case binding periodicals and other cloth work to re-backing in cloth, leatherwork, 'finishing', and eventually restoration.
I spent nine years at the bindery in Winchester. During this period I also spent two years working part time for Richard Harshers Trade Bindery in Romsey, which was good experience in production bookbinding and print finishing, and I worked part time for a paper conservator in 2001.
In 2008 I opened my own bindery in Petersfield, where I worked for four years, before going into partnership with Dad in 2012.
Pete has his own website at www.petewiltshire.co.uk featuring content about Pete's work prior to joining the Winchester Bindery.