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custom block print cards for Center for Babywearing Studies

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.

bar books for A Rake's Progress

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.

edition of 100 hand-bound books of poetry for Madeleine Y Gomez

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.

custom hand-bound journals with block-print covers for Carleton College South Pacific program

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.

custom services

custom card design for Center for Babywearing Studies

custom card design

original block print cards to match your message, printed with exceptional care

custom sketchbooks for Carleton College South Pacific Program

custom journals

blank book editions with custom-designed block print covers

custom foil stamping for A Rake's Progress

custom printing

add custom letterpress or foil-stamping to a card, print, or book project

custom album to hold retirement party letters and photos

custom albums

unique, individual books designed to fit your content

custom structure designed for A Rake's Progress

custom structures

we create forms to fit function—for menu books, display books, and presentations

custom cover folios bound for Bar Clavel, cover design by Laura Condouris

custom folios

cloth-wrapped hardcover cases for menus, portfolios, and chapbooks

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 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 heather@burdockandbramble.com 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 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 $50/book in an edition of 30 or more.
Cloth-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 or re-binding of valuable books.

For questions about custom services, please contact me at heather@burdockandbramble.com or 410.246.4260.