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 more than happy to offer advice, explaining each phase of every process we go through. Find out more about our business as well as the services that we offer on the following pages.
'The History of the New and Old Testament' from 1701.
The original stitching was in reasonable condition and only needed minor attention. The original cords were present but had broken at the boards, new slips were sewn on. The first and last sections of the book were in a very bad condition and the first two pages of the first section contained written dates and names of births and deaths, these were repaired and resewn into the book. 'New' endpapers were aged and along with head and tail bands reattached. The book was re-bound in 'Rough Goat' a texture something akin to suede. Hand tooling and a title label finish off the book. To keep it safe for hopefully the next 300 years a bespoke velvet lined box was made.
An 1850's book on Falconry. This arrived in a very poor state, spine missing, stitching rotten and the original boards losing their worn cloth.
The book was stripped down, pages repaired where needed and then re-sewn onto new tapes. A new boards were added and a new spine was formed with raised bands. Burgundy leather was attached and handmade marble paper to the sides, gold tooling and a leather label finished the book off. A bespoke presentation box was made to complement and protect the book.
Bespoke presentation box to house a customers four caligraphy course work books. Made in four tiers with a ribbon to add removal and parchment scroll held in the box lid. Lined with velvet material and covered in Buckram bookcloth and simple single line gold tooling. Recessed oval to lid to accept the customers own caligraghy signature on vellum.
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 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.
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
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.
Traditional Hand Bookbinding.
Book Edge Gilding.
Artwork & Print.
Albums (Digital/ Film)
Turn your idea into reality.......
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Owl Bookbinding Ltd,
Mill Green, Stonham Aspal
8.30 am to 6.00 pm
Monday to Friday
9.00 am to 12.00pm
Closed on Sunday
Evenings, happy to arrange by appointment.