Custom Bindings

What does it mean for a book to be well made? Machine-made books, while fast and economical, are unlikely to endure even casual use. A hand-sewn binding, high quality materials, and careful attention to structural details are the markings of both a beautiful and durable binding.

There are many binding structures and styles and I can help you find a binding that best reflects what you are looking for. I very much like the collaborative process and make a custom binding that is unique and fits your needs. I am also available to work with artists, authors, printers and authors to make limited editions and gift editions of their books.

Below are examples of different binding styles for journals, sketchbooks, photo albums and guest books. I use a variety of covering materials, including leather, cloth and decorative papers. Additional features may include: cloth or sewn endbands, gold tooling, machine stamping, and decorative endpapers.

Custom Binding Examples


A Coptic binding with plywood covers. Coptic bindings make wonderful sketchbooks because they open completely flat, allowing one to draw over the inside margin.

Photo Book Edition: Set of five Christmas albums with photographs documenting the family's past year. These albums were gifts to members of the extended family. I used decorative Japanese paper on the covers and black Fabriano Tiziano paper for the interior pages.
Photo Book Edition: Set of five Christmas albums with photographs documenting the family’s past year. These albums were gifts to members of the extended family. I used decorative Japanese paper on the covers and black Fabriano Tiziano paper for the interior pages.

Photo Book Edition (interior): The photographs were attached to the pages by cutting a slit at each corner and sliding the photograph in place.
Photo Book Edition (interior): The photographs were attached to the pages by cutting a slit at each corner and sliding the photograph in place.