Herringbone Bindery works with your idea to craft a binding or box that meets your vision and specifications. Binder, Erin Fletcher, will guide you through the process and offer suggestions for the best materials and structure to match your budget.
Things to Remember
Custom projects can range from a single unique binding to an edition of 100. Larger editions may be possible.
For a unique binding at least 2-months lead time is preferred. However some projects, like boxes, can be completed in a shorter timeframe. Lead time for edition work is determined on an individual basis.
We require a 50% deposit at the start of every project. The remaining amount will be collected upon receipt. Payment is preferred by cash or check, but PayPal or credit card can be made available upon request.
How to Order
To place an order for a custom binding or box, please send an email to our binder: . In addition to a description of your commission, please include the following information to expedite the quoting process: budget and timeframe.
Some various applications include edition binding, dissertation binding, guest book, or give your favorite book a new binding.
A flatback binding has a rigid spine and hardcovers. This binding is simple yet elegant and suitable for edition binding or smaller text blocks.
A rounded back binding has a thin, flexible spine and hardcovers. This binding offers an elegant round spine and is suitable for edition binding or larger text blocks.
An exposed spine gives the sewing an ornamental feel. Sewing threads can be dyed to match or compliment covering material. Many exposed spine structures lay flat and are suitable for portfolios, journals or unique gifts.
There are a wide variety of binding structures to choose from. If you are looking for something a bit more out of the ordinary, then a more suitable structure can be made to fit your project.
A fine or design binding is of the highest quality when it comes to its materials and craftsmanship. This unique binding is suitable for texts of personal importance, a favorite edition or a finely printed book. This is the finest style of binding you could add to your library or give as a gift to a loved one that adores literature and the printed word.
The design of a fine binding is greatly influenced by the text being bound and takes on the personal style of the binder. Upon request the direction of the client will be considered during the design process. A design must be approved before production begins unless carte blanche is given.
Due to the complexities of the structure and design work, the lead time is approximately 6 months. However, any design that requires extensive research or experiments could require more time.
We quote all fine binding commissions individually according to materials and labor, which can include time spent on research and experiments. As with any commission, we will respect the client's budget. A commission of this caliber would start around $600 and could increase significantly.
Albums & Portfolios
An album can be made to custom fit the quantity and size of your photograph collection. Albums are filled with a heavy weight, textured paper and a variety of materials can be used to cover the outside. Covers can be customized through stamping or embroidery services (see below).
Cases can be made to house a variety of items such as prints, diploma/awards or important documents. Portfolios can be covered in a variety of materials and are easily customizable.
Boxes are a great way to protect your books, documents or precious objects from the environment; dirt, sunlight and moisture can be harmful. There are a variety of housing options for your item.
Clamshell box – Cloth
Overall protection for your object. Flat spine can be stamped or given a label for easy identification or personalization. Cloth clamshell boxes start at $150.
Clamshell box – Leather
Overall protection for your object. Box may have flat or rounded spine (possible with raised cords). Customizable stamping, label or direct tooling available. Quarter leather clamshell boxes start at $175. Full leather clamshell boxes start at $250.
A custom fitted case that exposes the spine of the book. Suitable for both flatback and rounded back books. Leather trim can be added to the opening of the slipcase. Slipcases start at $80.
If you need a box for a multiple volume set or an unusually shaped object, boxes can be customized to function in a way that is appropriate for your object(s).
Here is just a sample of the types of materials available to cover your projects.
We keep a range of goatskin, calfskin and buffalo skin in a variety of colors in stock. Additional skins are available to order. We receive our supply from tanneries that work specifically with bookbinders to make the best quality product.
There are cloths specific to bookbinding known as bookcloth. Some have a natural fabric feel. Buckram cloths are slick and have a slight polished appearance (like a library book). Bookcloths come in a variety of colors and textures, but many fabrics can also be turned into bookcloth.
We use a range of handmade, hand-dyed and hand decorated papers that come from a variety of craftspeople. Custom paste papers can be made directly in the bindery. We also use a range of machine-made papers that may suit your design palette better.
A range of other materials can be used to create or decorate your binding. We've created projects using veneer, vellum, ribbon, metal and wooden boards.
Foil Stamping & Titling
Titles or personalization may be stamped or tooled using type from our library. For a most cost effective version see Labels under Finishing Touches.
A special die can be ordered with custom artwork, font or logo.
We have a supply of gold and silver, but a variety of colors are available for order.
We offer the unique service of customizing your binding with embroidered details. Embroidery is offered on cloth or leather.
To specialize your binding even more, the edges of the text block can be colored with paint or graphite. Add a more elegant look with a gilt edge (process of laying gold leaf).
A printed or stamped label can be added to the spine or front cover of your binding. Labels can be glue directly on top or placed in a sunken well.
Simple or complex designs may be tooled directly on the binding either using foils, gold leaf or blind (no color).
If you'd like to customize your binding with raised or recessed elements, we offer design services using paper, leather or cloth.
Commissions that come to Herringbone Bindery are individualized to the needs of the client, therefore pricing is determined on a case-by-case basis. We work closely with the client to provide a well-crafted binding that will fit within their budget by suggesting suitable materials and binding methods.
Massachusetts residents are responsible to pay for sales tax (6.25%) on any item that is not up for resale. Shipping and any add-ons, such as tracking and insurance, are also billed to the client.