Owl Bookbinding Ltd 01449 710401 / 07795 420063 email: matt@owlbookbinding.co.uk Web: www.owlbookbinding.co.uk
Owl Bookbinding Ltd01449 710401 / 07795 420063email: matt@owlbookbinding.co.ukWeb: www.owlbookbinding.co.uk 

Welcome to Owl Bookbinding.

Traditional Hand Bookbinding, Restoration, Book Edge Gilding, Foil Blocking and Paper/Page Repair for Individuals,Graphic Designers, Printers, Schools and Companies. We can help from any stage, from producing artwork to print through to the final binding. Helping you to turn your thoughts and ideas into reality.......

   Edge Gilding         







     Registers             &  Ledgers

    Foil Blocking




Based in the heart of Suffolk Owl Bookbinding has its roots in tradition. With a real love for books and the history of book production, from the simplest to the most ornate from cloth to leather and case to full bound.,,,,

We are happy to make one-off articles on request or to carry out repairs. We are also available to offer advice, explaining each phase of every process as we go through the steps we've taken to meet your requirements. Find out more about our business as well as the services that we offer on the following pages.

Three bound presentation volumes produced from A4 printed sheets. Stab stitched, round and backed, head and tail bands and marker ribbon. The books were case bound with 3000 micron board and covered in a maroon faux leather. All three volumes were blocked to the spine and side.

A slip case was made to take the books, covered in the same faux leather, lined with velvet material. Ribbons were added to ease extraction of the books.


These books show that A4 printed sheets can be bound and made into impressive volumes. 

Two Furniture design catalogues, re-sewn, repaired front boards including corners with patches to torn cloth and rebacked with new leather. Simple gold tooling has been added.

Two notebooks made to a customers specifications.  Artwork was produced from the clients original idea and printed sheets were produced. These were then folded, hand stitched, trimmed and the pages edge gilded. The books were then half-bound in leather and cloth, and was then gold tooled and title labels inset. In one book there was a requirement for a double index, this was cut and lettered by hand. A presentation box was produced to mimic the the books it contained, this was also gold tooled and lined.

1000 page family history books. Section sewn, round and backed, headbands, marker ribbon. Case foil blocked to front and spine. 

 A 154 year old Bible, this was re-backed, 

( the spine was replaced ) internal pages were re-sewn and torn pages repaired.


Dear Matt,


I have now had a chance to study at close quarters the work you have done in restoring the old family bible and must congratulate you on some very fine work.

The way you have made a new spine and joined the back and front covers to it as though it was original, is a real work of art. The renovation of the damaged corners is also remarkable.

Thank you so much for an excellent job....................... yours sincerely, Roy Monery

Made to look like a much used travel book. A wonderful and unusual way of presenting university course work.


Bound as a long stitch note book, using a piece of old leather, aged thread and black embossed blocking, all held together with a simple leather strap. 

Bespoke Christening book of quotes, produced Half-bound, leather spine includes raised bands. Finished off with gold tooling and blocked initials. 


Produced to the customers specifications and presented in a made to measure gold tooled box. 

A complete set of 13 Volumes of The Great War Magazine. Still in wrapped in brown paper parcels, these were sewn and bound into cased volumes. 

Cases golded blocked and numbered. simply bound, but now protected for years to come, no lost issues. 

We can bind any periodical magazine in a choice of bookcloth and foilblocking.

One of the more unusual commissions, an Edwardian revolving bookcase.


We produced 98 book backs in various styles, that were made to fit to existing wooden panels.


We worked with an Essex based furniture restorer, to help restore an item for a London antique furniture shop.


One of those items that don't come along very often, we will probaly never see another one. 


Presentation book with box, digitally printed images mounted on thick boards.   

The concertina contruction allows for the images to be seen opening like a book, presented in the shape of a star, in one long layout either standing upright or flat. 

The construction allows long landscape pictures to be displayed in an effective manner. Used in conjunction with digital print, both conventional and large format, allows for almost limitless possibilities.




 Rebacked, original spine replaced and scuffed boards dyed. Loose sections re-sewn and new endpapers attached. Ready to be passed onto the next generation.

Just some of what we can do.

Traditional Hand Bookbinding.

Bespoke Books 

Bespoke Boxes

Book Edge Gilding.

Bible Repair.

Paper/Page Repair.



Presentation Books.




Albums (Digital/ Film)

Foil Blocking.




Turn your idea into reality....... 






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Owl Bookbinding Ltd,

The Bindery,

Owl Cottage,

Mill Green, Stonham Aspal

Stowmarket, Suffolk

IP14 6DA


8.30 am to 6.00 pm 

Monday to Friday


8.30 am to 12.00pm



Closed on Sunday


Evenings, happy to  arrange by appointment.


01449 710401

07795 420063


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