Bookbinding

Working exclusively by hand and using only high quality materials, at Dragon Press Bindery we draw on long experience of time-honoured techniques to excel in traditional fine bookbinding, with its hallmarks of gilt edges, silk headbands and gold tooling in classic period style.

We are also adept in turning our expertise to the production of contemporary bindings, combining heritage craft skills with modern ideas. In collaboration with clients, we conceive and execute designs to both match personal sensibility and reflect book content, incorporating innovative structural concepts where appropriate.

In our view, fine bindings are three-dimensional, functioning works of art. Whether for a single volume or set, antiquarian or brand-new, your bespoke binding will be a lasting joy to see, handle and treasure.

We are experienced in other specialised book forms such as albums and stationery bindings. In particular, complex formats and springback ledgers.

  •  Ready for dyeing

    Ready for dyeing

  •  Lacing the vellum strip

    Lacing the vellum strip

  •  CD compartment

    CD compartment

  •  Hand sewn headbands

    Hand sewn headbands

  •  Leather inlays on slipcase

    Leather inlays on slipcase

  •  Video screen 10mm thickness

    Video screen 10mm thickness

  •  Cutting an inner thread to attach the pin

    Cutting an inner thread to attach the pin

  •  Making the threaded pin and nut

    Making the threaded pin and nut

  •  Holes for pins

    Holes for pins

  •  Tidying up the pins

    Tidying up the pins

  •  Full leather binding with leather inlays

    Full leather binding with leather inlays

  •  Selecting the leather

    Selecting the leather

  •  Chamfering the boards

    Chamfering the boards

  •  Lining the boards

    Lining the boards

  •  Paring leather

    Paring leather

  •  Colouring the book edge

    Colouring the book edge

  •  Adding deatails to the book edge

    Adding deatails to the book edge

  •  Cutting out for inlays

    Cutting out for inlays

  •  Preparing board for the doublure

    Preparing board for the doublure

  •  Doublure

    Doublure

  •  Set of game books

    Set of game books

  •  Working raised bands

    Working raised bands

  •  English style cloth bindings

    English style cloth bindings

  •  Edelpappband

    Edelpappband

  •  Before tooling

    Before tooling

  •  After tooling

    After tooling

  •  Waiting to be covered

    Waiting to be covered

  •  Full calf binding

    Full calf binding

  •  Notebook with a lock

    Notebook with a lock

  •  Full sprinkled calf binding

    Full sprinkled calf binding

  •  The Pope also needs a binding from us

    The Pope also needs a binding from us

  •  Full leather album with inlays

    Full leather album with inlays

  •  Stainles steel clasp (not easy to cut)

    Stainles steel clasp (not easy to cut)

  •  Gauffered edge

    Gauffered edge

  •  Making clasps

    Making clasps

  •  Clasp attached to binding

    Clasp attached to binding

  •  Making a brass surround for book cover

    Making a brass surround for book cover

  •  Decorated book edge

    Decorated book edge

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Dragon Press Bindery Ltd
99 Eastrop, Highworth
Swindon, Wiltshire, SN6 7PP
Company Number
10772518
Registered in England & Wales
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