Whether it's a slipcase or a clamshell box, get stylish and sturdy protection for your books

Save your library from sun bleaching, getting nibbled by pests, or dented in your bag with a handmade box that fits your book exactly

Bookbinder sliding a black book out of a black and red slipcase

I love the box-making aspect of bookbinding. Not only is it a satisfying craft in its own right, but it ensures your newly-repaired or upgraded book will stay that way for a long time. There are currently three different options to choose from, so look at the descriptions and photographs below to help you decide which is right for you, and click the ‘Make me a box’ button to go to my Contact page and let me know what you’d like.


Ideal for any well travelled volume!

Bibles, Missals, and other liturgical books are often thrown into a bag or onto a car seat as we rush out of the door to church, and frequent use means they take a fair bit of punishment. Even if it comes with a slipcase, I’ve found the free ones to be flimsy at best. You’ll immediately feel the difference with the slipcase I make for you, thanks to the sturdier construction and high quality materials. Plus, I can customise it to your preferences so it really stands out – choose from a title on the box, your initials, or a decorative flourish.

The price of a plain slipcase is £45 

Clamshell Box

Complete protection for your most valuable books and more…

Clamshell boxes, also known as ‘Solander boxes’ after its designer, are the go-to boxes for archives and libraries around the world. They offer total protection because they form a complete enclosure, so your book is safe from sun, dust, or pest damage, and even ‘shelf wear’ caused by the friction and pressure of other books. They’re also very versatile and are a great way to keep loose photographs, artwork, and other items together. Making them by hand means I can create a unique and personalised presentation for your treasured collections.

Prices start at £85

Two-Piece Book Box

Preserve your pocket editions in style

There are still plenty of pocket Missals and other smaller Catholic prayer books out there, and being less solid than full-sized editions, they require a little more care. I designed this 2 part slipcase to fully enclose more delicate books, but still allow ease of access and be a beautiful object in its own right. As usual, since I’m making each one from scratch, we can talk about the colour of the cloth, the decorative papers, and any personalisations you’d like before I start work.

Prices start at £125

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