We love custom book & print projects. Here's a block print card made especially for Center for Babywearing Studies. 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 a custom-printed logo on the back. Our baby-wearing designs are near and dear us, having spent much of the first years of Burdock & Bramble with a child on our backs.
A Rake's Progress in Washington, DC wanted a very special bar book to showcase their constantly-changing and locally-sourced line up. Burdock & Bramble created a unique folded interior from durable materials that allows the staff to change the pages as needed. Each book has an eye-catching cloth-wrapped hard cover with letterpress titling on the spine and a foil-stamped logo on the front cover.
Poet Madeleine Y Gomez was searching for a way to create a book within a book as a home for her new work. Together we designed the structure and layout of a small book that nests inside a larger hardcover book and worked through the printing with the help of our friends at Alpha Graphics, Inc. in Baltimore. Then Burdock & Bramble co-owner Heather O'Hara hand-bound an edition of 100 books within books in this special collaboration.
When Carleton College students traveled to the South Pacific 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. 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:
Who does your custom work?
Hi, I'm Heather O'Hara, co-owner of Burdock & Bramble. I work directly with you from start to finish throughout the design and production of your custom book or print project. We do all our custom binding and printing in-house in our studio in Boiling Springs, PA.
What are the options for custom book, card & print designs?
There is really no limit to the options when we work together to design a custom book or print project. 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 me a note at firstname.lastname@example.org for an estimate on your particular project. Here are some ballpark numbers for our custom services:
A custom-designed 3-color block print card starts at $300 plus printing at $3.50/card with a minimum of 100 cards.
Letterpress printing or foil stamping 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 $60/book in an edition of 30 or more.
Cloth-wrapped covers start at $30/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 or re-binding of valuable books.
For questions about custom services, please contact me at email@example.com or 410.246.4260.