I received the book today. I am extremely pleased with how it turned out and am very appreciative of your efforts. I am very glad that I entrusted this rarity to your capable hands.
I've been meaning to let you know that I received my Bible and am so pleased. Thank you so much for a job well done!
I received the Atlas today. I was absolutely thrilled to see it. I just can't get over how wonderful it looks. You did a fantastic job and I can't wait for my husband to see it. Once again, thank you so much.
I've been a little slow in getting back to you to let you know our Burkitt On The New Test arrived in perfect order. Your work is beautiful and deeply appreciated. Thank you for your fine work.
PS: Absolutely worth the wait. I am in hopes it might show up on your great Web site someday.... with your other works of art.
Thanks again, we will treasure your work.
Dear Mr Stansell,
I received my 1750 German Bible yesterday and could not believe the wonderful job you and your staff have done to restore it to useable condition. The restoration and repair of the original leather cover is amazing, as well as the repair of many pages which I thought were beyond saving. The missing clasps that you had fabricated look like they were original to this bible. The Bible now looks like an old family bible that was well taken care of over the years, which is exactly what I wanted. Thank you so much for a job very well done.
I wanted to let you know that everything was just beautiful! Thank you so much.
I have another book I would like to send you to see if you could do anything with it. Would that be OK? Please let me know.
Mr. Stansell --
My wife and I love maps and history, so you can imagine how thrilled we were last year to obtain a copy of the Cram's Universal Atlas, 1894 edition. This full-color book gives us a detailed and fascinating window onto our past that no textbook or lecture can rival. But we were also very concerned that the integrity of the book's binding might have been compromised over the years, and the book itself was damaged by a relative's German Shepard. So we were very eager to have the book restored in order to be able to enjoy it for many more years. After an extensive search, we selected Craft Bookbinding. Although the before and after pictures on your web site, and my telephonic interview with you, instilled great confidence in your abilities and dedication to your craft, we still had to make a leap of faith by entrusting this treasure to you, hundreds of miles away.
We are absolutely thrilled with the job that you did! This book now appears to be maybe 20 years old, and the binding, cover and pages seem ready for another century of reading and viewing pleasure. The care and artistry and, frankly, the magic that you appear to have used on our book is nothing short of amazing, a word too often misused, but in this case totally justified. Our atlas now sits in a place of honor in our library where we will peruse its pages for as long as we live.
Thank you for helping us to preserve this treasure, and please feel free to share these fully-justified plaudits with anyone who wants the best workmanship from an artist who clearly loves books just as much as we do.
Warmest personal regards,
Rick O'Keeffe and Trish Harrison
Your beautiful work of restoration arrived this afternoon and is a great tribute to the talent God gave you, and your discipline in developing its potential. It is a joy to know I can now spend time pouring over it without the fear of doing damage to its fragile estate. And knowing that it will pass on through the family that originally owned it for at least another couple of generations puts a smile in my heart.
All the best,
WOW this is impressive, I hate we had to re back the book, but it looks awesome and just like it should. I do have one question, with the book closed and looking at the pages from a sideways angle the pages appear red orange spotted, what is the purpose of that?
What you see is sprinkled edges. Sprinkling or staining the edges was done to nearly every book that was produced. The less expensive books were sprinkled, Staining red or yellow was usually for the full gilt leather bindings. The purpose of sprinkling and staining was to hide dirty finger marks and dust. When you see a leather book from the Eighteenth Century and earlier that doesn't have its edges sprinkled, the ink has likely faded or worn off. Books that had the edges stained usually show some traces of it. In the late Eighteenth Century, until the early Twentieth, it was not uncommon to see marbled edges. Of course there has been gilt edge books for the past two hundred years. Gilding was done for the same reason, but it also said that the books owner had expensive taste.
Edge treatments can come in a variety of styles: Gaufferred edges have designs pressed into them. Usually Gauffered edges are often gilded after the design has been pressed or punched in. One of the most unique edge treatments is fore-edge painting. These have the fore-edge painted with the pages partially fanned out (as when the book is open). The painting can only be seen when the book is in this position. When its closed the painting is invisible. Some fore-edge painters paint the edge so that when the book is opened one way, one scene appears and when opened the other way, another scene shows.
It's sad that books are so little appreciated these days. A great art that was once available to even modest incomes, now, is fast becoming unavailable to even the richest of us.
I'm elated that you are pleased with your book. We felt it a privilege to restore it. We restore many books from the Seventeenth, Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries, but few posses the historical significance of your book.
Thank you for your patronage. We look forward to serving you in the future.
Craft Bookbinding Co.
Binding and restoring books for over 60 years.
My mother received the bible, in her words - "arrived in beautiful shape"
I understand the packaging was exceptional and quality of restoration most impressive.
Good morning Ed -
Just wanted to let you know that the Bible arrived yesterday; July 23. This is quite impressive - so thanks so much for the great restoration !. The color is very rich and looks fantastic !. I took a photo but will take a better shot to show the before / after restoration. So; the attached photos show before / after - but I will send a better one for your website !
Are there any do's & don'ts that you could pass along that will help keep the Bible preserved in this new condition ?
Again; thanks so much for the great restoration on this family Bible.
All the best,
I received my Bible today. You did an amazing job! Thanks so much for the good work. I even have another old Bible devotional readings book I want re-bound sometime. I'll definitely be sending it to you.
If there is anything else I can do to support your business, please let me know.
Have a nice weekend, and God bless!
Just picked up the restored book from the Post Office; looks phenomenal! Thank you.
The Anthologies are beautiful! Thank you. I am sending you two more boxes of books. There are 15 volumes of John L. Stoddard's lectures. I had to look him up on wickepedia. Actually quite an interesting man, and his lectures are dated, but give a good view of history and the pictures are great. Of course now when I put the "new" books next to the old, the old look really shabby. Gak!
This is long overdue, but here's my official "thank you" letter:
You and Craft Bookbinding did a wonderful job in restoring my 1868 copy of "Little Women." When I sent the book to you, it was in terrible shape: the binding was frayed and coming apart and some of the pages were ripped. I was afraid to open it! Now, just a few short months later, the book is in fantastic condition. I hardly recognize it. The binding is completely repaired and the ripped pages are whole again. I don't think that this book has been in such good shape in many years. I can't wait to read it! And now, I can leave it to a loved one as a beautiful heirloom of my own.
Thank you so much for the professional job, the reasonable price, and the job completed on schedule.
Highlands Ranch, Colorado
The Magic of Jewels and Charms returned home yesterday, beautifully restored! Thank you so much!
The Bible is wonderful. You did beautiful work. Thank you very much for your craftsmanship - You've preserved precious memories.
Very gratefully yours,
Bible received in good order. Very satisfied with the results. Probably in better shape than when new.
You have restored several old books for me, and I was thrilled with the job you did. I have one more. Would you take a look at it if I send it to you, and let me know what you think should be done to restore it, please? It was given to my grandpa by his daddy so it has sentimental value to our family.
Thank you for the loving and excellent work you do.
The Sibylline Oracles has arrived safely--just as gorgeous as its photos! I can't thank you enough. You did a truly amazing job!
The Bible looks beautiful! You did work miracles. I'm in tears.
I just wanted to let you know that I received the Bible. Thank you for packing it so carefully.
Iím thrilled that you were able to find a text block in such great condition. The book is fantastic and Iím excited to use it and learn about it. Thank you so much for your restoration work AND for allowing me to make payments over a long period of time.
A grateful customer,
I received the book. Thank you......nice job.
Just got it Mr. Stansell. I am floored. Thank you so much for your professionalism. It brought tears to my eyes. I am a happy man.
"God's Minute" arrived today and it was like Christmas! The restoration job on the cover is wonderful and a new marker ribbon too!!!! Thank you so much for expediting this job. I look forward to my devotions in the morning and having my precious book back in my hands, ready for another 100 years.
The "Myths of Plato" and "Lempriere" arrived safely last night, gleaming with the satisfaction of their beautiful bindings! They've both moved back into the glass-front bookcase along with their friends. Thank you so much. I'm going to hold off on sending more (yes, there are always more) for a time, until I can figure out who's next.
I received the Bible and it is beautiful! Thank you so much !
The Bible arrived yesterday, and it looks great! Thank you for the excellent restoration.
The Bible arrived yesterday afternoon. I love it. You did a great job. The picture history is wonderful and makes it so much more considering all that you have done that is hard to realize until you see the history. Thank you do much, you talent and skill is amazing.
Just taking a few minutes to send a big THANK YOU for my Bible restoration. It is beautiful. Immediately, I have to say my favorite part is that it looks, as you initially said, like an old Bible that has been well taken care of. It is not a new looking book which it should not be. I love that you repaired pages and the cover is truly stunning. I believe my investment will prove my purpose of preserving this Family Bible for generations to come.
Thanks so much!
We just arrived home from our trip, and my son brought the Bible over. I can't tell you how thrilled we are with your magnificent restoration. Thank you so much for your dedication to giving new life to such family treasures.
I just wanted to thank you again for the work on our Family Bible. Thankfully, I had posted photos of the original condition to a family page I maintain on FaceBook and was able to share the transformation there yesterday. My siblings and cousins were in all and I told them the photos do not do it justice ... they will need to see it in person.
I hope to be able to use your master craftsman talents again at some point.
Again ... thank you so much. I could NOT be any more pleased.
Dear Mr. Stansell,
I received my family bible yesterday, and am so pleased with the work you did. It is an amazing transformation from something that was literally disintegrating, to something that can now be treasured by many more generations. Thank you for all the care that you took with this heirloom. Can you advise the best way to store this to protect it going forward?
I apologize for not writing this sooner. The books are like undamaged aged books, and are now worth passing on. I am grateful that I found your web site. Worth waiting for.
Dear Sandy and Ed,
Thank you so much! The albums arrived on Mother and Dad's 70th wedding anniversary: today , June 10, 2017!
You did a wonderful job!! I really , truly appreciate your craftsmanship!
More to follow!
It came today, and it is beautiful. I have had the book for nearly 40 years, and now it is
refreshed, renewed, and soon it will be in the hands of another who will carry it for the next 40. You are a superb craftsman.
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