We love custom book & print projects. Here's a card made especially for greenberries, a children's and maternity boutique. Each card traveled four times through a hand-powered letterpress to build up the layers of block-printed color in the image and to create the custom-printed logo on the back.
When Carleton College students traveled to the South Pacific in 2015 on study abroad, they took these hand-bound books with block print covers for their field drawing course. Each carefully crafted, hand-stitched book has letterpress-printed covers and endsheets with hand-carved designs. We specialize in designing and binding exceptionally-crafted books that accentuate our clients' content. From single books to larger editions, our custom books are hand-stitched using durable, archival materials for a beautiful, functional finished product.
your custom print & book questions answered:
What are the options for custom card & print designs?
There is really no limit to the options when we work together to design a custom printed project for you. Every project starts with a sketch and will go through a design and approval process to make sure it's exactly as you want.
What's different about custom-made, hand-bound books?
We construct each part of your book completely by hand from all archival materials and with a design that accentuates the content or purpose of the book. A hand-stitched and reinforced spine is much stronger than a machine-made glue-based binding, and your book, treated properly of course, will last a lifetime and beyond. The quality of a hand-bound book shines through in small details like precisely turned cover corners and stitching with waxed linen thread, so that anyone holding your finished custom book will recognize it as a book unlike others.
How much does it cost for a custom project?
We quote each project individually, so please send us a note for an estimate on your particular project. Here are some ballpark numbers for our custom services:
A custom-designed block print card starts at $200 plus printing at $2.50/card with a minimum of 100 cards.
Letterpress printing for 100 1-color impressions starts at $240, plus materials.
Single case, coptic, or post-bound albums start at $300, plus materials.
Custom book structures and editions will vary widely depending on style, size, and quantity—from $50/book in an edition of 30 or more.
Wrapped covers start at $20/cover in an edition of 30 or more.
Can you do a leather binding for me?
I do not work with leather but I know some great binders who do. If you're set on leather, send me a note and I'll be happy to refer you to someone who can help.
Can you repair a book for me?
I am not a book conservator, and I only do new construction of books. I'm willing in some circumstances to take the original content of an old book and put it into a new binding, with the understanding that the value of the original book will not be preserved. I'd be happy to recommend a conservator for you to consult for the repair/re-binding of valuable books.