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100 New York Calligraphers

Jack’s work is included in Cynthia Dantzic’s new book 100 New York Calligraphers. It’s an honor to be included in this beautifully presented collection, surrounded by some of the top calligraphers, current and of the recent past. Though my interest in all the book arts goes back to childhood, my formal training began with a […]

Jack Fitterer Calligraphy www.FittererBookbinding.com

Agate marbled paper on a German or French period style bookbinding. sprinkled paper decorative paper

Marbled Paper That Isn’t Marbled 2

Many are the methods that have been used to decorate paper for bookbinding and endpapers. Often they are truly marbled (see our recent post about reproducing marble paper here). But other techniques were used that did not involve the marbling process, but instead the colors were applied directly to the paper itself. Still, many of […]


Computer-aided Hand Bookbinding?

Computer-aided hand bookbinding? Have we gone over to the dark side? No, we still follow the old ways for the most part, using traditional materials and techniques along with tools and equipment as old as the books we work on. (Many visitors are surprised that our operation isn’t more ‘mechanized’. “Really?”, they might say. “You […]

using the computer to create a cover label for a hand bound book

reproduce marble paper

How We Reproduce Marble Paper 4

As bookbinders who do a lot of book restoration and period style bookbinding, we are from time to time asked to reproduce marble paper. Sometimes the client wishes us to bind a book following the original, now deteriorated-beyond-repair binding, or in this case, to replicate the existing binding of other books in a set. This […]


An Unusual Dust Jacket Restoration, Part 2 2

This is the second part of a dust jacket restoration (see part one here) where I am removing a torn, wrinkled heat set plastic covering the entire front and rear panels as well as most of the flaps. While the dust jacket looks like it has seen better days, fortunately, the actual damage, in addition […]

dust jacket repair, dust jacket restoration

quarter leather drop spine box with rounded spine using collage

Using Collage as a Design Element on a Drop Spine Box

  This custom clamshell box made for a copy of the Robert Frost biography (inscribed by Frost himself), A Swinger of Birches by Sidney Cox, carries the birch theme into the decorative elements on the front board and spine. The client and I early on in our discussions of the project decided upon a circular […]


An Unusual Dust Jacket Restoration, Part 1

This week, I have a dust jacket restoration that has some interesting problems. The Outsiders and Others by H.P. Lovecraft is a rare book and an even rarer dust jacket. Perhaps only 1,000 copies were produced and, of course, there are far fewer remaining today. Interestingly, we had another copy of this same book and […]

dust jacket repair, dust jacket restoration

The New FittererBookbinding Website

You’re looking at our nearly complete new website. I had intended to wait until it was fully finished before launching it, but since it already has far more information about our bookbinding and restoration services along with examples than our embarrassingly old one, I’ve decided to go ahead. There are still a couple of more […]