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London and South East

Abbey Bookbindery - is situated in Deepcut, Camberley in rural Surrey. The Bindery's history can be traced back to the 1940's and a Father Anscar Neilson from the St. Michael's Abbey in Farnborough. The bindery is now owned and run by Paul Berry and Tony Farthing who undertake a wide selection of binding work, including restoration, thesis and edition binding. This new site is well worth a visit.

AJB Bookbinding - is a family owned traditional bindery with print and copy facilities based in Thornton Heath, established in 1972 specialising in thesis and journal binding. They offer a first class thesis binding service bound in the traditional way with round back and hollow spine. There are over 30 colours of buckram to choose from at reasonable prices with no extras to pay. All work carried out at their bindery.

Photo Books by Bags of Love - is an established personalised gift company making Photo Books from peoples own photos. Brand new ideas in the bookbinding field. These are hand made hardbound books with a cloth bound cover printed in customers own photos. Photo Albums, notebooks and address books also produced. Everything is custom made.

Bardel Bookbinding - are based in West London and have been established for 25 years. They have specialised in producing authentic hand binding within the photographic industry. During this period of time many VIP's have required the skills developed including members of the royal family, "This is your life" as seen on TV and the government. The expertise however has not been restricted to just high profile persons but has been of use to university students or even the old lady down the road with her cherished book.

The Binding Store - offer thesis & dissertation binding, calendar binding and wire/spiral binding. They provide free local collection/delivery and also supply a full range of binding and print finishing equipment/consumables.

Black Fox Bindery - is an independent bookbinding studio owned and run by Nicky Oliver. Her education began in design and illustration and progressed to bookbinding where she felt she could combine her art skills with a craft that she loves. She has over 10 years experience working in commercial binderies where she honed a range of skills that include bookbinding, boxmaking, blocking, inlay and onlay work, portfolio making, full leather rebinding and restoration. She is an active member of both the Society of Bookbinders and Designer Bookbinders and has given masterclasses and taught workshops. She became a Licentiate of Designer Bookbinders in 2010 and has won several awards in the last three Designer Bookbinders National Competitions culminating with winning 'the Silver triple' with first prize for set book, open choice book and the Edgar Mansfield Medal for best book.

Blissett Bookbinders - is a London based company. The site contains information and a glossary about bookbinding and related services and products for Librarians, Museum Curators, Archivists, Students, Library Suppliers, Printers and Publishers as well as Private Individuals. This family owned binder specializes in Journals and Magazines, Theses, Music and Local Studies materials, Newspapers as well as library book rebinding, antiquarian repair and conservation work for paper and bindings and also constructs bespoke slip cases, folders and Solander boxes. For Publishers and Printers, Blissetts provide a timely on-demand case binding facility and foil blocking service.

Bookbinders of London - is a fourth generation family run business located in North London, England. They work for individual members of the public, students and many varied companies operating in such fields as print, publishing, design, construction, banking, television etc. They carry out work to individual specifications and are pleased to discuss specific requirements. They are happy to bind one book or thousands, large or small and will complete your job to a high standard on time.

The Bookbinding Collective - are a group of young bookbinders who have got together to promote contemporary bookbinding as a viable artform for the 21st century.

Bound Around - has been trading since 1993 and are an independant family-run business. They have the capabilities to manufacture most types of paper-over-board and cloth bound products by hand, with foil blocking facilities within their own bindery. Their finishing department is able to offer machine fitting of ring metals and press-studs, and hand affixing of pockets and mounting of rudder struts to showcards. Bound Around Ltd is able to bind using a variety of papers, book cloths, synthetic binding materials and reconstituted leathers. They also manufacture in book cloths, pvc coated papers and sewn-edge P.U.

City Binders - The staff at City Binders in London, have a combined experience of 75 years in the trade and will never let you down. They will help and advise you on the preparation, set up and layout of your thesis or any other art work and design related to your book and will also advise you on any aspect of thesis bookbinding as well as case making, repairs and restoration.

Collis Bird & Withey - based in London, Collis Bird & Withey is a long-established family business specialising in Thesis and Dissertation Binding. They offer a fast, friendly and reliable service.

Cowlishaw Bookbinding - is a small family firm of traditional hand bookbinders, in Edenbridge, Kent, specialising in the repair, conservation and making of books.

Elbel Libro Bookbinding - is a limited company run by Ben Elbel, based in central London. They provide high-end bookbinding and print finishing services including notebooks, guest books, portfolios, boxes, menu holders and more. A combination of skilled handwork and adequate machinery makes them competitive with runs of one to one thousand copies. They also provide training (workshops, printed tutorials, kits), stationery products and products for bookbinders.

Mel Jefferson - is an occasional binder of one-off designed bindings, and past winner of both Society of Bookbinders and Designer Bookbinders competitions. His web site also features examples of his graphic design, image editing and multimedia programming work.

Kew Bookbinding - in Thame, Oxfordshire, offer the complete package of binding services, including thesis binding, journal binding, restoration services, special presentation binding and the binding of small print runs.

Masters Bookbinding - The Berkshire Bookbinders - of Reading, undertake, Thesis Binding, Periodicals, Restoration, Fine Leather Binding, Boxes And Slipcases and Wedding Story Books.

Lara Meredith, Book & Archive Conservator - has been a conservator since graduating from West Dean College in 1998; under the tutelage of Chris Clarkson. Prior to that she studied at Camberwell College of Arts, London. She carries out work from her studio in West Sussex; working for a very wide range of clients including private individuals, museums, libraries and historic houses across the country. Areas of specialism include the conservation of books bound in leather, paper, parchment/vellum and textile/cloth. The conservation of paper and parchment, be that printed or manuscript. The conservation of wax seals. The conservation of photographic material as well as the conservation of related items made of paper, parchment or leather such as boxes. She can provide advice and training on handling, storage, packaging and cleaning. Lara is happy to provide you with quotes for the conservation of single items to the refurbishment of complete collections.

Highdown Bindery - formerly Hannah More - Bookbinder, is a new business located on the edge of Lewes in the heart of the South Downs, providing a wide range of bookbinding services. Their aim is to provide a friendly, personal service of the highest standard.

Walter Newbury Partnership - is based in London. The Company offers a comprehensive range of bindings facilities, combined with a high level of quality. They have a very professional team who can offer technical advice from materials, specification and design. Their impressive customer base ranges from Government bodies (such as the House of Commons and Lords and the Ministry of Defence) to Libraries and Museums, covering the whole of the British Isles. They have also carried out work in Europe (for Nato) and the Emirates. Just as important is the small contracts undertaken for individual pieces such as family heir looms. They also manufacture high quality leather social books, photo albums and ring binders for top stores across the country an d we are proud of our expertise in the field of conservation and restoration of books.

Photo Albums & Wedding Albums from CentralCrafts.Com - specialise in handmade photo albums and writing books made from naturally renewable sources. Suitable for a unique wedding gift idea or a new born baby album.

Cathy Robert - and her binders are based in London. They specialises in the unusual, outrageous and the impossible. All their work is done by hand, using traditional methods. Their work includes, artist portfolios, limited edition runs in leather and linen, menus, wedding albums, visitor books, boxes, ring-binders etc. The can create prototypes such as perfume bottles, game boxes, video & CD cases, brochure folders etc., and also repair old books, games boards, clock cases, etc.

The Wyvern Bindery - is a small, highly professional and friendly team situated in the heart of London traditional printing and bookbinding area. They pride themselves in their work and are dedicated to preserving the highest standards of craftsmanship. Using traditional skills (like CUIR CISLE - a 13th century binding technique, using traditional materials) they aim to produce quality work tailor made to client's specific requirements for design, budget and deadline. Each commission is a chance to produce a memorable and lasting object - whether it's repairing a battered dictionary, binding a handmade cookery book or creating a fine leather binding. They enjoy helping clients to choose the right materials from their selection of leather, cloth and handmade papers.

Wayte Binding - is a family run firm of Bookbinders, based in Kent. They specialise in binding books & print finishing and their services include Case binding, Hardback Binding, Perfect Binding, Wiro Binding, in any style, size or covering material. They also manufacture many other associated items such as Ring Binders , Folders, Promotional products, Presentation bindings.

West Grove Bindery - West Grove Bindery was set up by Peter Spain in 1995 after training at the London College of Printing and Camberwell College (lately University of Arts). He specialises in the restoration and conservation of hand-bound books but is equally at home with vellum, paper and cloth-cased volumes, photographic conservation and other flat works on paper. He has worked for many of the leading City Institutions including the Guildhall and St. Paul's and undertakes private work for book dealers and collectors.

East Anglia

Brignell Bookbinders - was established in 1982 in the historic city of Cambridge. They employ only the finest craftsmen who have trained in the traditional art of hand bookbinding. They pride themselves on the highest standard of workmanship and use only the finest quality materials. Private tuition is also available from Barry Brignell who has over 30 years experience in the craft.

Terry Buckley - based in Cambridge, has been a full-time lecturer of hand bookbinding for 20 years and has spent a further 15 years in the craft binding industry. Terry can offer expertise and experience in all aspects of bookbinding, including restoration and fine binding.

From the Shadows - are makers of the finest quality handmade leather Books of Shadows, Journals and Grimoires, artistic bindings. Whether you are looking for your ultimate book of shadows, a special journal that is as individual as you are, or maybe a gift for a loved one. They also offer a custom made service. These are journals you will be proud to own, a heirloom of the future. Although based in the UK they regularly send across the world, so wherever you live give them a look.

Sullivan Bindery - are based in Colchester, Essex. They specialise in the repair of old books, bind new books, magazines, minutes etc. They bind by hand single or small numbers of books to individual specification. Various leathers (calf, goat) or traditional and modern book cloths can be chosen. They can also make slipcases or boxes to hold ephemera or valuable books.

JS Wilson & Son Bookbinders Ltd - have been based in Cambridge since 1830. Their wide range of services include same day thesis binding, periodical, journal, loose-leaf binding, school yearbooks, leather bindings, restoration and repairs, boxes, reports and comb and soft binding. The above list is by no means complete and they are able to bind different and more unusual items as well.

Midlands

Book Conservation Services - Karen Vidler and her team offer advice, expertise and training in book conservation, book restoration and the repair of books. They work for libraries, archives and private collections in the UK and Europe. They undertake the conservation and restoration of a wide range of binding styles and materials and specialise in the conservation and restoration of leather bindings bound before and after the 17th century, including bespoke housing for leather bindings such as boxes and bookshoes.

Brockman Bookbinders - founded by James Brockman in 1976 and now co-run with his son Stuart, has developed into a highly specialised hand craft bindery working primarily on modern Fine Bindings and the conservation and fine restoration of manuscripts and printed books. The emphasis is always on maintaining the highest possible standards, there is no compromise of quality on any work. The bindery consists of a small team of highly skilled craftsmen, all dedicated to the sympathetic and appropriate treatment of books. The Bindery uses the very latest techniques, mostly developed in-house, for everything from the attachment of book boards to the flattening of vellum manuscript leaves.

Stephen Holliday Book Restoration - has been trading for over 25 years, working for many private collectors, dealers, colleges and societies. The specialise in cloth and leather restoration from 16th Century to present day and also undertake fancy new leather bindings. Traditional bookbinding methods and archival materials used.

John Richards - trained at the London College of Printing under the late Arthur Johnson, one of Britain's finest craft bookbinders. Since establishing his business in 1980, John has become a highly regarded bookbinder with commissions from The Royal Academy, The National Trust, The Asiatic Society and many private collectors and antiquarian booksellers. Although specialising in the conservation of old books, he provides a full range of bookbinding services including new bindings, design bindings, box making and paper repair.

Angela Sutton - has been binding and repairing books since 1971, learning first of all from Ian Ross at the old Oxford Polytechnic (now Oxford Brookes). Her workshop is located in Malvern, Worcestershire. She teaches the bookbinding classes at Malvern Hills College; these are mainly recreational but some form part of the Access to Art course. She is the current chairman of the Birmingham branch of the Society of Bookbinders

Temple Bookbinders - in Oxford, have over 75 years combined binding and finishing experience. They specialise in the preservation, binding, repair and restoration of antiquarian books. Thesis and law binding are also carried out to the highest standards. They are also prepared to overhaul college, school, or private libraries at moderate charges.

North

Bookbindingdirect - was formerly known as Keele Bookbinding & Library Services. Bookbindingdirect is a rapidly expanding company offering bookbinding, book conservation and specialised print finishing to libraries, academic institutions and private customers throughout the U.K. and Europe. bookbindingdirect is part of Keele Information Services, Keele University, Staffordshire.

Hollingworth & Moss - based in Leeds, is a forward thinking family-owned bookbinders with 40 years of experience in the trade. We offer unique library binding services, specialist and craft book binding, a dedicated online thesis binding service, book scanning and facsimile/reproduction binding.

Riley Dunn & Wilson - are a specialist bookbinders and conservators with over 100 years experience. Experts in bookbinding, book and paper conservation, disaster recovery and thesis binding, They pride themselves on their excellent level of service, whether the project involves just one book or many hundreds. In 2008 they expanded their services when they purchased an Indigo colour digital printing press which has enabled them to produce full colour and monochrome short run, on-demand prints of books and commercial materials.

Signature Bookbinding - is based in East Yorkshire where Glenn Malkin offers quality hand made books and journals using a variety of materials and styles. Individual bindings for creative writing, family histories, biographies and other work can be supplemented with hand made boxes and cases, or offered with specially created designs. Existing books also rebound or repaired.

Deirdre Thompson - is a stationery bookbinder. "It's a kind of auto-immune deficiency of the self. I make books to commission. It's going to cost over £150 so there you go. These books have honest structures and are made from good and true materials. I make books to record the celebrations around a birth or a marriage, a book that honours a life or a death, books for love and for hate. Books for artists, poets, designers, printers, scientists and dads. Books that are bold, brave, strong, dynamic, sturdy and lovely."

York Bookbinding - Philip Winskill started York Bookbinding in January 2000, following the closure of the York University bindery. He is an apprentice trained bookbinder with over 37 years experience. He worked for 25 years binding mostly periodicals, monographs, theses and book restoration and repair. He also gained lots of experience on miscellaneous work, such as presentation bindings and boxes to hold special collections.

Scotland

Bookman Conservation - is situated in the beautiful Scottish countryside just outside of the Granite City of Aberdeen. Run by Mark Ramsden he offers services in all aspects of book construction, repair and study: including tuition for the absolute beginner up to the practiced binder who is looking for a specialist course. An International Award Winner for his Designer Bindings Mark has 20 years of experience and has been Head of the University of Aberdeen Bindery for ten years during which time he has been commissioned to produce bindings for the Scottish Government as well as having bound books for the Collections of famous people. Having completed an M.A. in Book and Paper Conservation Mark has devoted more time to preserving our book and paper heritage and as well as providing conservation services, he is running courses in the discipline, again from the absolute beginner up to binders who are looking to expand on their skills.

Cameron Bookbinders - are a small, family based business with over 40 years experience of binding books. Over the years, they have built up an enviable reputation for providing a friendly service, combined with personal customer attention. Their range of customers is wide and varied - from the individual with a one-off book, to large organisations needing many reports/books bound. They also have an excellent reputation amongst students attending Universities the length and breadth of the UK, for providing fast, efficient, good quality thesis binding at very competitive rates.

Bookbinding by Crawford - Andy Crawford has been binding and restoring books for over twenty years. A highly regarded bookbinder and one of the last to be trained in Scotland, his knowledge of books and the materials used in their construction is second to none. Limited edition work has been produced for presentation to Royalty and Pope John Paul II, special bindings for Scotland and the Government, as well as far reaching as Bermuda.

Downie Allison & Downie - based in Glasgow, is an established family run business which ensures that you get personal attention. A much loved book can in many cases be restored for future generations. Perhaps you would like to have your personal memoirs or poems bound to present as a special gift to someone you care for?

Evilrooster's Bookbinding Pages and Bookweb - is the web site of Abi, an Amateur Bookbinder in Edinburgh. It has been set up to provide a wealth of information to both new and experienced binders. A bookbinding discussion forum is also available to join, where members may post questions, comments and observations on all aspects of bookbinding.

The Isle of Skye Bindery - Laura West is a classically trained award winning bookbinder specialising in traditional and contemporary hand-sewn books. Wedding Stationery, Photo Albums and Guest Books are all made to order. Laura's signature range of unique artefact books draws on her studies and interest in historical book structures from all cultures and offers wildly refreshing solutions for books of all kinds.

Riley Dunn & Wilson - are a specialist bookbinders and conservators with over 100 years experience. Experts in bookbinding, book and paper conservation, disaster recovery and thesis binding, They pride themselves on their excellent level of service, whether the project involves just one book or many hundreds. In 2008 they expanded their services when they purchased an Indigo colour digital printing press which has enabled them to produce full colour and monochrome short run, on-demand prints of books and commercial materials.

Laura West - see this award winning bookbinder's range of unique artefact books.

South West

The Abrams Bindery - specialises in conservation and restoration binding

The Black Cat Bindery - is a craft bookbinders situated in the small market town of Castle Carey, in Somerset. They produce bespoke one-off presentation bindings for private and commercial clients, as well as drop back boxes for valuable books and prints. Restoration of books is also a large part of their everyday work.

Bristol Bound - was established in 1986 by Rachel James, in Bristol. Rachel has since trained, and been joined by her husband Richard, who has a background in boat-building and cabinet making. As a husband and wife team they aim to offer a friendly and personal service to their customers, whilst maintaining a high standard of workmanship. They are members of the Institute of Designer Bookbinders.

Fine Bookbinding Ltd. - is based in Somerset. Dieter Rãder, the owner, is a qualified bookbinder of more than 25 years standing. With his extensive knowledge in the field, he is able to undertake most bookbinding challenges.

Derek Hood Bookbinding - Derek is a fine bookbinder based in Bath. His books are bound using a careful combination of traditional techniques and modern design. All books are made completely by hand using a careful selection of fine leathers and paper. Book edges are hand gilded using a variety of precious metals including gold, platinum and palladium leaf. Years of experience in the binderies of Shepherds, Sangorski & Sutcliffe and Bayntun Riviere have enhanced the knowledge and high level of craftsmanship found in the award winning bindings produced.

Period Fine Bindings - is a small bindery located just outside Stratford Upon Avon, where Paul Tronson, Master Bookbinder restores books and bibles (10th to 20 Century) to their original condition using period tools, techniques and ancient recipes. He specialises in the restoration of important works in the style of master bookbinders.

Rushlow Bookbinding - specialises in the conservation and restoration of period volumes, bibles and rare books. Based in East Devon, Claire Bujniewicz sympathetically restores using the finest materials and using traditional methods.

John Smart Bookbinders - John Smart has traced his family back in the English bookbinding trade to the 1740's. Charles E. Smart, John's father, started the present company in 1935. At the age of 15, having left school, John started work full time in the family business, simultaneously doing a day release course at the Camberwell School of Art and Craft. In 1988, his son Richard joined John in the business. The company is well known throughout the National and International bookselling trade for the production of high quality renovation and restoration of antique books and documents.

PJ Wellman - based in Poole, Dorset, are small traditional bookbinders, whose emphasis is on high quality and excellent customer service. They offer a comprehensive range of modern and traditional binding services.

Tim Wiltshire - Traditional Hand Bookbinder - is located in Hampshire. Tim is a hand bookbinder working in an historic bindery on the premises of P & G Wells Ltd, the Winchester College Bookshop, close to the centre of Winchester. Tim will undertake a wide variety of work from theses and new bindings to repair and restoration of all kinds of books.

Wales

Abbey Bookbinding Company - is one of the oldest established firms in Cardiff offering an excellent service of all bookbinding requirements in South Wales. Located only a five minute walk from the city centre and close to the University of Wales in Cardiff. Abbey Bookbinding is the ideal service for student and business alike.

Trevor Lloyd Ltd - This is a link to the web site of Trevor Lloyd, who for over a decade and a half, has been binding and restoring antiquarian books for book collectors, dealers, libraries and institutions. Not only in the U.K. but also in Europe, the U.S.A. and the far East. His traditional approach to bookbinding and his meticulous craftsmanship has ensured a respectful reputation amongst discerning collectors and dealers.

 

Africa

B.K. Bookbinders - was established in 1973. This family owned and operated company has become a leading specialist bookbinder in Durban, South Africa. Through the years we have expanded our customer base to the Cape, Free State, Transvaal, Botswana, Swaziland and African countries as far as Ghana. We have a wide range of services and innovative products, which are imitated but never equaled.

Graphicraft (Pty) Ltd. - in Cape Town, South Africa, was started in 1984 by Mr. Klaus Borgelt and Mrs. Vida Fisher as a mechanised hand bindery. They specialise in a wide range of commercial and fine craft bookbinding, including deluxe editions, slipcases, menu covers and portfolio covers in leather, cloth or vinyl.

 

Australia

Ballarat Bookbinding - based in Victoriaa are specialists in Fine Leather Bindings and the restoration of Old Books. They also undertake thesis bindings and repairs to all types of Books and carry out specialist printing including Letterpress, hot foil & gold embossing.

Whites Law Bindery- are based in Caulfield South. They specialise in binding law reports for lawyers plus student theses. They are also quite unusual in that they undertake digital printing, thus combining the modern evolving print processes with traditional binding techniques.

 

Canada

Advance Book Bindery Ltd. - in Alberta, specialize in old book restoration in leather or cloth, periodicals, law books, family books and the binding of a Bible and Reasoning book into one leather volume. They pride themselves on the quality of their binding.

The Book Doctor - is Dr. Brian Roberts based in Newfoundland, Canada. He states "For a university academic (my other life), a book represents an intellectual artifact full of interesting and challenging content. For the bookbinder, on the other hand, a book represents an object of beauty, fine craftsmanship and aesthetics. My interest in these two different worlds of books has led me to study and practise the art of fine hand bookbinding. It is a rewarding and busy avocation and a smile from a satisfied customer is a wonderful experience." This very well designed and attractive site an is well worth a visit.

The Old English Bindery - is based in Vancouver, British Columbia. It was founded a few years ago by Richard Smart. Richard developed his skills to a very high standard working along side his father, in the family bindery in Wiltshire, UK. The bindery specialises in the restoration and conservation of paper and documents and new & fine bindings. Click here for the bindery's Facebook page

Rasmussen Bindery - in situated North Vancouver, British Columbia. They restore and bind books, magazines and newspapers for publishers, the general public, universities, law libraries and the Queen's Printers.

Octavia & Co. Press - is located in Calgary, Alberta and provide a wide selection of bookbinding and publishing services. Offering Thesis Binding, Fine Binding in leather and cloth, and periodicals, law books, family books, albums, scrapbooks, and journals. In addition, their publishing services include everything needed to publish both small and large press runs, self-published books, beautiful individual pieces, or traditional publishing services, including editing, typesetting, layout, marketing and distribution. It is their pleasure to help artists and writers establish an identity in their industries.

 

Europe

Belgium | Denmark | France | Germany | Greece | Holland | Ireland (North & South)| Italy| Sweden| Switzerland

Belgium

Josee Van Loon - is a professional bookbinder and book restorer. She studied bookbinding at the technical School in Ghent-Belgium, and design bookbinding and conservation at 'Centro del Bel Libro' in Ascona-Switzerland. She completed internships in the conservation of parchment maps and manuscripts at the Library of Congress (Washington-USA), and was a laureate of the Europalia Nippon Kinen, 1996. She fulfilled an internship in the conservation and restoration of paper and woodblock prints in Tokyo-Japan

Denmark

Martin Degn Pedersen - is a hand bookbinder from Skanderborg. He is also a teacher of bookbinding teachers. His site shows some of his work and also contains links to other relevant Danish sites.

France

Atelier Gourdelier - are based in Le Mans. They undertake restoration of antique books, archival conservation and craft snf design binding. They work with private individuals, professionals, french and foreign administrations and institutions and send their work all over the world. Michel Gourdelier is a qualified book binder-gilder carftsman since 1988 (métier d'art des Pays de la Loire). He has a degree in fine binding-gilding and is registred at the Chambre des Métiers.

Germany

Gerd J. Wunderer - makes contemporary bookart. He creates hand written books, codices and books using Tibetan bookbinding techniques and engraves wooden bookcovers.

Greece

Holland

Henk Linde Book Repair & Restoration - are based in Den Haag. Their principal activities are Book & Paper Restoration of items bound in paper, cloth, leather, parchment and all papers. They are sole restorers and do not undertake modern bindings.

Ireland (North & South)

FindBind - are bookbinding specialists based in Belfast. They specialise in traditional hand bookbinding and offer a high quality online thesis binding service. They are conveniently located within Williams Lea, Queens University Belfast.

Italy

Cristina Balbiano d'Aramengo - is a binder from Milan. Her comprehensive web site highlights her work and teaching. After graduating from the Brera Academy of Fine Arts in Milan, she trained as a bookbinder and conservator of paper and books in Aosta, Rome and Ascona, Swizerland. This dual training has directed her research in bookbinding towards unobtrusive and discrete bindings, with minimal use of adhesives, suitable for conservation. In 1993, Cristina opened her own workshop in Milan. In 2005, along with other like-minded individuals, she founded the Association Professione Libro, whose aim is to promote Book Arts by organizing courses, seminars, exhibitions and book-related events.

Foto Regali Originali - Photo books, personalised photo albums and custom boxes and other photo gifts for the Italian market.

Out of Binding - The Crossed Structure Binding was devised by Carmencho Arregui in 1992. Since then, it has been widely used by binders from different countries. The web site gives a complete description of this technique, as well as other useful information on different subjects relating to books.

Sweden

The Johanna Rõjgård Bookbindery - is based in Runmarõ and was established 1984. Johanna is a Master Craftsman and Designer Bookbinder, Restorer and Teacher. She works from her cottage on Runmarõ, an island in the archipelago of Stockholm, where she and her family also live.

Switzerland

 

New Zealand

Red Eye - Red Eye is the home page of Chris Lipscombe, a Bookbinder from New Zealand. His beautifully presented pages include amongst many a glossary of bookbinding terms.

Barbara Schmelzer Bookbinding - and Book Repair is based in Wellington. Barbara Schmelzer Bookbinding provides a comprehensive hand bookbinding service, including wedding albums and wedding guest books, fine binding, experimental and non-adhesive binding, book conservation including book repair and archival storage requirements.

 

USA

East Coast | Mid West | Mountain | Pacific

East Coast

Brahm's Bookworks - is a unique book binder that caters to a niche market for Book of Shadows and Grimoires. Brahm's has mastered recreating medieval style tomes that incorporates the use of leather, finely detailed metal work, large gothic style wrap around hinges, and book locks to secure the treasured written work contained within.

Jack & Taff Fitterer - are based in New York State. Since 1983 they have offered a full range of Hand Bookbinding and Restoration services of extraordinary quality. They include repair, restoration and rebinding of antiquarian books, books of family significance, edition binding for artists and small presses and design bindings. They also produce slipcases, portfolio, drop-spine and clamshell boxes for books and other items and carry out paper and document repair.

Denis Gouey Bookbinding Studio- is located in Connecticut. The Studio specialises in the craft of fine art bookbinding, design binding, disbinding, rebinding and the restoration of books as well as preservation and presentation of important documents, photographs, artwork, and more. Expertly crafted bindings are designed and executed neatly, according to your taste and within your budget.

Green Dragon Bindery - has for over thirty years been restoring and conserving all manner of bound and printed material. As a family run business, the Green Dragon Bindery is able to approach each customer's project individually, discussing in advance their concerns, budget and time constraints. Many of their customers have been with them since the beginning for these reasons. In keeping with this tradition, they hope to establish new customers taking into consideration their ideas and the historic nature of each piece. They pride them selves on meeting their customer's challenges one project at a time.

Laura West - see this award winning bookbinder's range of unique artefact books.

Griffin Bookbinding - are based in Florida. They have been providing fine hand binding and restoration services for over 25 years. Exceptional service and quality is their standard and they use only the highest quaility leather and archival supplies. They have an international clientele which includes book dealers, collectors, libraries and publishers. All inquiries are welcome and quotes are furnished without cost.

The Harcourt Bindery - in Boston, is the largest bindery in the United States exclusively devoted to fine bookbinding by hand. Their clientele and reputation is international. Clients include libraries and book dealers, collectors, publishers and private individuals. They also provide a limited edition service for up to 500 copies.

Holzer Bindery - is situated in Hinesburg, VT. In the Holzer family, binding and preserving books is a family tradition. Marianna Holzer is a third generation bookbinder following in her father and grandfather's footsteps. The Holzer Bindery specialises in restoration of bibles, children's books, cookbooks and other treasured volumes, as well as new binding of dissertations, personal papers, blank books, or any self published works. Books can also be monogrammed to your specifications. Marianna Holzer founded the Holzer Bindery in 2008 after 30 years of working at a larger bindery. In the hills of Vermont, Marianna and her husband, Rik Palieri, continue the Holzer family tradition, creating finely crafted heirlooms for future generations to enjoy!

Jennifer T Jestin Book Conservator - New York, spends most of her time restoring books from the 17th - 20th centuries. This includes rebacking, recasing, rebinding, and hinge and page repair,as well as constructing protective cases such as clamshell boxes and slipcases.

Kreps Bookbinding - is based Harrisburg, Pa. They are a traditional hand bindery offering a full line of bookbinding services. With a combined experience of over 45 years, they have done work for the Library of Congress, National Gallery of Art, Penn State Rare Book Room, and many rare book dealers and collectors.

Monique Lallier Design Book Binding - is a full time book binding/book arts studio that specialises in beautiful, one of a kind commissions with the highest quality of craftsmanship. Moniques' work as a design book binder has earned her very high praise from collectors, museums and colleagues around the world. Simply put, her work is considered first rate.

Leonard's Book Restoration Station - is a family-owned business located in Midnorth Indiana. The owner, Eric Haley, is an antiquarian book dealer and minister, as well as a bookbinder for over 22 years, and so understands both the need to conserve vintage books and to preserve a favorite Bible. We LOVE doing Bibles, from older family Bibles to brand-new Bibles that are coming unglued. Save those margin notes--give your Bible a new lease on life!

Levine Bookbinding - is a family owned business established in 1940, now located in Westchester N.Y. Hand binding, bench sewing, 23 karat gold lettering. Call for appointment.

Mechling Bookbinding - is a small bookbinding shop in Western Pennsylvania. They undertake the hand restoration of books in cloth and leather. Their customers include bookstores, collectors, libraries, historical societies, churches, museums and schools. Not only are they hand binders, but they also have equipment to do short to medium run edition binding utilising 'Smyth' signature sewing, perfect binding and 'Smyth' cleat sewing. They pride themselves in producing a high quality product at affordable prices.

Meyer Bookbinding Co. - is a family-owned full-service bookbinder in Auburn, New York with historical publications of their own. The give individual attention to every special binding and restoration project - from 1 copy to 1,000. Services include: New Books, Book Restoration, Hardcover bookbinding, Leather Bindings, Gold Bindings, Smyth & Side Sewing, Proposals, Theses & Papers, Journals/Periodicals, Legal Documents, Official Records.

Richard Minsky - is the Founder of The Center for Book Arts. In 1978 he was named US/UK Bicentennial Fellow, established a studio in London, and was a lecturer at Camberwell, LCP and Byam Shaw. Commissions have included presentation volumes for royalty, heads of state, and CEO's. Combining traditional techniques and contemporary metaphors, his book art and bindings revolutionized the field. Examples are in major collections around the world, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and the V&A in London. The website features a gallery with works from 1968 to the present.

Paper Dragon Books - practices the art of fine and design bookbinding , and is located in New York City. The bindery produces bespoke handmade bookbinding and boxes for book dealers, libraries, museums and gallleries, aswell as tailored solutions for any and all commercial presentation. Editions run from the one-offs to the hundreds.

Praxis Bindery - is based in Easthampton, Massachusetts and is known for the conservation and restoration of books and documents. They also bind editions of up to 500 copies and make boxes, portfolios and presentation materials. Other services offered are edge gilding and gold tooling. They are a staff of four well-trained binders who delight in challenges.

Quarto Conservation of Books & Paper, Inc. - are located just outside Washington, DC in Silver Spring, Maryland. Quarto Conservation of Books & Paper, Inc. provides conservation treatment and preservation solutions for works of art on paper, books, manuscripts, documents, vellum, maps, ephemera, philatelic and non-western artifacts. Other services include needs assessment surveys, prioritization surveys, condition reports, insurance claim reports, exhibition support, storage solutions and protective enclosures.

Renaissance Bookbinders - of Silver Spring, Maryland was established six years ago. It has two divisions, one for fine handcrafted leather bookbinding and a second division, known as POSSESSIONS, for creating handcrafted leather boxes, folders and accessories. Mr. C. Bernard Spring, their master bookbinder, has been with the company since its inception. Most of the bindings are commissioned by collectors and fine book dealers around the world. The POSSESSIONS division offers an extensive line of jewelry boxes and other leather accessories.

The Riverside Group - Book1One is a leader in short run Hardcover and Softcover binding utilizing high-quality digital color printing.

Save-a-Book - are a small bindery located near York Pennsylvania. They specialise in repairing old books (especially family heirlooms - bibles in particular). They also bind new ones. Turn your favorite paper back into a hard back, make your specialty magazines into bound volumes, gather those special sayings and pictures, copy them and make them into a coffee table book. Personalize a new book with your choice of fabric and imprinted with your name. There are so many things you can do. You are only limited by your own imagination. They can even help you with that.

The Silver Maple Bindery - in Northampton, Massachusetts, specialise in restoration work on a wide variety of cloth, leather, and paper-bound books, as well as custom binding and design work for items such as drop-spine (clamshell) boxes, folders, slipcases, albums, dissertations, and one-of-a-kind books. Their work is carefully handcrafted, using archival-quality materials, to assure sound structure and good function over time. In restoration work, it is their policy to save as much of the original binding as possible, and to match any repairs to the period detail of the book.

Turul Bookbindery - which was found over 65 years ago in Hungary has provided dependable, quality service to its customers. Today, Turul Bookbindery is located in New Jersey. It restores approximately 100 to 200 antique bibles per year, not to mention the binding, printing, embossing and laminating work that the bindery handles every day.

Wasmund Bindery - is situated in New Jersey. For over 75 years Wasmund Bindery has met and exceeded the exacting book binding, reproduction and CD archiving needs of top corporate, real estate and law firms in NY, NJ, across the nation, and worldwide. They strive to develop new products such as digital data and document imaging for disaster recovery and searchable books on compact disks to accommodate the changing needs due to new technology. They have been producing superior, handcrafted custom bookbinding and products since 1928, and have established a worldwide tradition of excellence.

Weitz, Weitz & Coleman - has over 100 fine bindings in their online gallery! These books have all been bound by their skilled craftsman in the bindery behind the bookshop on Lexington, Manhattan, New York. As well as fine and design bindings, they also produce custom made albums for weddings & other occasions. A visit to this web site is highly recommended.

Mid West

Art Bookbinders of America - is located in Chicago, Illinois. They have been providing their clients with the best customer service since 1966. Specializing in legal bookbinding, searchable digital closing books (books on CDs or installed on your intranet), custom presentation materials, brochures/manuals, custom tabs and custom slipcases/boxes.

Artur Bookbinding International - is based in, Oklahoma. Their Goal is to reach every home worldwide, seeking old family heirlooms such as family bibles, photo albums, valuable books, antiques, and keepsake boxes that need to be repaired. This has been their specialty for over 35 years as they are trained in the European Traditions. They are a company that can restore and give life to your precious family heirlooms. From the US, you can call them toll free for more information on 1-888-DRBIBLE.

The Campbell-Logan Bindery - is a small to mid-sized, family owned and operated book bindery in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Whether periodical binding, restoration, or limited edition binding Campbell-Logan is ready to serve.

Craft Bookbinding Co. - is a family operated bindery, celebrating their 51st year and 3rd generation of book restoration and repair. Their repertoire also includes fine binding in cloth, leather and vellum, paper restoration, custom albums, boxes and limited editions. Their moto is "We pride ourselves in pleasing you."

Library Binding Company - is based in Waco, Texas. Bookbinders since 1949, they specialise in rebinding school and library books, binding monographs, magazines, periodicals, medical and technical journals for universities and libraries across America. As a professional bindery, they bind thousands of books and magazines for large customers, and offer binding to individuals needing one special item bound.

Dennis Ruud Bookbinding - is based in Minneapolis and handle Bookbinding, Book Restoration and Calligraphy. Books restored and repaired. They have over 25 years experience in all manner of book restoration, paper repair, custom binding, box making. World's finest hand-cut Quill Pens for the calligraphic community. Fine Art Calligraphy and Illumination.

Stanley Book Repair & Restoration - are based in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. Old Books, Damaged Books, Family Keepsakes, Sketch Books, Personal Journals, etc. Have your favorite books restored or repaired. They will bind your personal works into a professional looking book and can provide the best traditional French bookbinding using the best materials, leathers and handmarbled papers. High quality luxury stationery is also available through their shop online.

Tightly Bound Books - is based in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. They specialize in custom restoration or repair of your favorite old books with great attention to detail. They also provide binding services for your personal works. Their motto is "Book repair with personal care".

USA Bookbinding - is located in Morley, Michigan. They are a family owned home business and specialise in small orders of hand bound books, rebinding Bibles and books, and restoring old books. They bind anything that needs to be made into b ooks, magazines, publications, documents, thesis, dissertations, family histories, photo albums, newspapers, etc. Their latest adventure is with Genuine American Ostrich Leather as a cover material on Bibles, books, day planners, chequebook covers, and business card holders.

Your Family Legacy - provides bookbinding services for the family historian. With your prepared manuscript, Your Family Legacy will bind it in your choice of cover materials and colors. Using only acid-free materials, your family history book or special manuscript can be read for generations.

Mountain

Panther Peak Bindery - is based in Tucson, Arizona, and works for clients across the United States. Mark Andersson performs all styles of bookbinding in leather and cloth using traditional methods and materials. Panther Peak Bindery specializes in book and paper conservation. Courses are offered at their remote location near Saguaro National Park, taught by leading binders and conservators from around the world.

Pacific

ARS OBSCURA Bookbinders - based in Seattle, Washington specialise in antique book repair & restoration. They receive rare book repair & restoration orders from book collectors worldwide and make archival clamshell book boxes & slipcases. They adhere to sound techniques in leather, snakeskin & cloth hand binding; standards of five hundred years of traditional European hand bookbinders. They publish blank books journals, logs, diaries, photo albums, and custom limited editions.

Book Crafts - are based in Portland, Oregon. They specialise in the repair and rebinding of old books and Bibles. They also do new projects, such as presentation bindings for photographers and special events, as well as protective enclosures, slip cases and clamshell boxes, to store and protect your books. Bibles, from as late as 1850, containing family histories have been artfully restored using traditional old world methods and materials. Cloth bindings, and their restoration, are a Book Crafts specialty. Book Crafts excepts books for repair via UPS, Fedex or the Postal Service. Visit their website for samples of repairs, restorations and interesting facts about Book Crafts.

Book Repair Central - in Portland, Oregon, offer an exclusive book repair and restoration services. They are one of the few restoration companies located in the US Pacific Northwest. Since they specialise solely in repair and restoration, they can remain focused on the frail and damaged books submitted to them without the stresses of other tasks that some binderies must juggle.

Duckabush Bookbindery - is based on the Olympic Peninsula in western Washington State. For almost 30 years, Dave Myhre has owned and operated Duckabush Bookbindery. They primarily do casebinding work, catering to Law firms and professionals who need their papers and journals bound. They make ring binders and CD binders, do special projects for advertising agencies and repair and rebind antique bibles and cookbooks. - "We can rebuild almost any basket case!" - They also undertake limited editions, family genealogy, college dissertations, slipcases and clamshell boxes and like to work with artists and designers to create new and different kinds of document packaging. Gold stamping (hot stamping) is also a specialty.

H & H Book Services - is a 2nd generation bindery and a family business under the ownership of two brothers, Jack and John Papuchyan. Their knowledge comes from their godfather, Anthony who learned the art of bookbinding when he was in France. He came back to Armenia and worked in the Academy of Science of Armenia as a bookbinder. In that workshop, they used to do new binding, restoration and conservation of different types of materials. That is where the brothers got their first education of bookbinding from. In 1980, they opened their own bookbindery called Hoosh (meaning "Memory" in Armenian). In 1991,they came to America and in the same year, John got hired as a bookbinder in Heritage Bookshop and Bindery. After one year, Jack got hired there also. About two years later, they decided to open their own bookbindery. Based in Glendale, California, they work with high-end book dealers and private collectors, museums and movie studios.

Krause Intaglio & Custom Bindery - are a Shop of Wonders. A Type setting Department (Hot Metal) with a massive Collection of Ludlow Type which can be cast to order and used for Letterpress and Foiling. Letterpress - , from a Korrex Proofing Press to a Windmill and a large Albion Handpress which prints 27 x 42 inches, a Little Giant press (12 x18) is running to print Books. The Bindery is equipment with everything needed, the Books are bound following strict Standards in German and French Binding, Books in Leather, handsewn and hand tooled with utmost attention to detail, Limited Edition Binding, absolute exacting Standards, from a few copies to 1000 copies, the Development of Artist Books (up to 8x8 Feet in Size), a Cabinet full of Finishing Tools merrily used as the Job calls for, but also ancient Foiling presses up to 16 x 20 inch and a large collection of Brasses and Borders for Stamping. A rich variety in Leather, Book cloth and Parchment, also Paper and Metal, Stone Veneer has been used. A Printmaking Department for the use of Copper plates in the gamut of Etching, Engraving, Drypoint and Mezzotint complete the Shop. A Prepress Department for Scanning and Color separation, Film output and Polymer plates supports the Shop. Shop Time is afforded to People seeking it as Instructions given. Paper is Marbled on the Premises. The Owner is a well rounded Master Craftsman in the best of European Trade Education, trained as a Typesetter and Letterpress Printer in Switzerland and being a Schweizerdegen and having the Master degrees, he learned Bookbinding and Finishing in France and Germany and has respective Master degrees. He trained and worked with some of the best Craftsmen of their Time.