Bookbinding Materials, Leathers, ‘Bindery Equipment’, and Materials

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Russell Fine Leathers provide premium leathers to independent bookbinders, craft publishers, notebook manufacturers, and book restoration businesses around the world.

Our selection of bookbinding materials and equipment offers a bespoke, high quality solution for every requirement. With over six decades in the leatherworking business, this catalogue caters for every aspect of traditional bookbinding. Included are leathers, fine threads, unique glues, and hand-crafted tools – all fabricated using traditional methods. We also offer an extensive selection of finishing materials, including the highest quality gold leaf.

The quality of bookbinding materials makes a significant difference to the experience, durability, and appearance of the finished product. Every leather has a unique character and grain, providing the precise tactile and conservation qualities required for manuscripts, folios and books. The correct blending of papers, glues, and leathers affect not only the aesthetic, but also the Ph qualities of the manuscript or album, significantly improving the overall quality. 

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Further details of our individual products can be found in the pages below. Please feel free to get in touch if you have any questions, or need help finding what you’re looking for. We’re a friendly team with a passion for leatherwork and deep knowledge of traditional and commercial bookbinding, so give us a call today on 01379 388 899 (Suffolk workshop), or 07785 465 882 (Herts workshop), or email