Hollander's carries various bookbinding adhesives including several forms of PVA glues. In addition, we carry methyl cellulose, rice starch, and wheat paste. Note: We do not ship PVA when the temperature is below freezing.
Arrestox is a 100% cotton bookcloth with an acrylic coating that makes it resistant to stains and tearing. It is slightly heavier and stronger than the Starched Linen category and considered an excellent general purpose bookcloth. Accepts foil stamping, blind stamping, screen and offset printing. It is available by the sheet or on a 54" x 10 yard roll.
Book cloth comes in a variety of fabrics, colors, and textures and is the material of choice for the spine or as a general book covering. We recommended that you order our sample book to be sure of the exact colors and textures.
This category contains various book repair papers, tapes, tools, and books. In addition, here are a couple useful resource links are provided by the Dartmouth College Library and the Alaska State Library.
A Simple Book Repair Manual Conservation Book Repair
Chena River Marbles are all one-of-a-kind papers. This collection includes basic traditional patterns, those using more complicated techniques, and historic, hand waxed and polished papers as used on books during the 18th and 19th centuries.
Florentine papers were originally inspired by traditional Renaissance patterns, but more recently include designs with modern subjects. Until the 1950’s these papers were printed by hand. Today they are produced using offset printing techniques, a process that can use up to six colors including powdered gold.
These fine bookbinding leathers from Harmatan in England are among the highest quality of all the bookbinding leathers. They are available in two thicknesses: traditional thickness of approximately 1.0 mm or split thickness of approximately .70 mm.
Headbands are used as a decorative element on the head and tail of the book and are often added as the finishing touch. We carry a multitude of colors available in 12” lengths. Headbands are easy to attach using a small amount of PVA glue.
Pentland fine bookbinding leathers are from the world renowned leather supplier, Hewit in England. They are produced from Indian goatskins and are all Grade II, meaning they are of outstanding quality and exhibit almost no blemishes or markings. These premium leathers have a Nigerian effect assisted grain which means they exhibit the natural grain, as well as a unique embossed character. The Pentland leathers are available in a shaved thickness of .80 mm which means they are less than traditional thickness leathers of 1 mm, and will need only minimal paring. We recommend ordering our sample books for the most accurate look and feel of these leathers. Hollander's is the only supplier of these leathers in the U.S.
Hollander’s Bookbinding and Box Making Kits are based on the workshops taught by Tom and Cindy Hollander. The Complete Kits include all the materials needed. Instructional Booklets are included with the corresponding complete kits, but can be purchased separately.
Our Imitation Leather includes several different styles. All imitation leather is suitable for embossing and foil stamping. It is easily turned and glued and suited for hand bookbinding as well as commercial runs. All our imitation leather is available by the sheet or on a 54" x 10 yard roll.
Italian bookcloth offers an elegant choice for book coverings. It is paper-backed, 100% rayon, and has a natural finish. It often goes by the trade name Cialux. Accepts foil stamping, blind stamping, and screen printing. Available by the sheet or on a 53" x 10 yard roll.
Our Italian fine cow leather is imported from Italy. The skins are cut to an average size of approximately 6 square feet. They are of very high bookbinding quality and split to approximately 1.0 mm which makes very little paring, if any, necessary.
Japanese Bookcloth is a premium, rayon based material, that is unmatched in quality and elegance. It is paper-backed with a natural finish. It is available in various weights and textures. It is available by the sheet or on a roll that varies from 36"- 42" in width x 5 yards.
Katazome-shi papers that are stencil dyed in Japan. Using persimmon-dyed kozo as the stencils, the pigments absorb deeply into the paper to produce long-lasting color and the unmistakable look of a prints truly made by hand.
Our traditional bookbinding leathers include world renown Harmatan and Hewit goat leathers. Siegel leathers are an excellent and less expensive goat leather option. The also carry high quality Italian cow leathers that can be used for both fine binding and less traditional styles. In addition, we offer a collection of thicker, non-traditional "rustic" leathers. that are great for "wrap around" travel journals and other uses.
Library Buckram is a traditional, heavy weight book cloth that is exceptionally durable, mildew resistant, and water resistant. It is commonly used for books that undergo heavy duty wear and tear, such as library books. Accepts foil stamping, blind stamping, screen and offset printing. It is available by the sheet or on a 54" x 10 yard roll.
The Lokta decorative paper is handmade from the fiber of Nepal's paper plant, Daphne cannabina. All sheets have four deckled edges.The beautiful Lokta paper is strong, completely natural, and acid-free.
Luminescent bookcloth is a finely woven, 100% cotton cloth with a luminescent or metallic finish. It has a light acrylic coating which makes it wear resistant, ideal for book coverings and similar uses. It is very similar in texture and weight to Arrestox bookcloth. Accepts foil stamping, blind stamping, screen and offset printing. Available by the sheet or on a 54" x 10 yard roll.
Hand marbled papers are made by floating paints on a fluid surface. A stylus or comb is then used to create various designs. Hand painted papers employ various techniques to create stunning one-of-a-kind works of art.
The metallic papers vary in finish and texture. The metallic character range is from bright to dull and smooth to crumpled. They make great accents in collage, cards and invitations, or as a decorative element in almost any project.
Methyl Cellulose, when mixed with water, has many uses including to extend the drying time of PVA glues. It also makes an effective marbling bath, used for floating marbling paints on the surface before creating various patterns.
PVA Jade -Thick Glue is a highly concentrated version of regular PVA Jade. It has excellent strength and is our glue of choice for gluing boxes together. It can also be used to glue signatures along the spine of books.
Renato Crepaldi has worked in his home studio in Brazil as a full-time marbler since 2002. He produces a wide range of traditional and contemporary marbled papers for use in bookbinding, book arts and various paper crafts. His Tiger Eye marbles are particularly stunning.
Rice Starch comes in powder form. It is derived from rice and requires cooking, either in a double boiler or more easily in a microwave. Our rice starch is archival quality and used extensively in conservation. Nori Rice Paste is a popular option and has a longer shelf life than rice starch in the powder form. It does not require cooking, but should be kept refrigerated after opening. Excellent for crafts.
Our thick rustic leathers often exhibit a mix of scars, blemishes, and occasionally even branding marks.
Note: Because we can not match the dye lots of our rustic leathers, we do not offer samples. The colors seen on the website are usually pretty close, but the actual leather you receive may be slightly different.
Rustic Thick Cow Leather is a great alternative for non-traditional book making. The thickness of these leathers (approximately 1/8") make them ideal for leather wrap journals and other non-adhesive bindings. Texture and thickness vary.
Siegel goat leathers are a high quality, economically priced bookbinding leather. All skins are considered grade 1, which means they exhibit virtually no blemishes or marks. The consistency in the grain pattern is the result of an embossing process within the natural leather. The leather is specially split to .65 mm with no loss in strength. The natural strength of this leather makes it an excellent choice for bibles as well as for traditional and non-traditional bookbinding needs.
Silk Moire is an elegant satin woven fabric. The moire pattern gives it a unique wavy appearance. It is laminated to book paper, which makes ideal for gluing. It is available by the sheet or on a 10 yard x 54" wide roll. Typical uses are as endpapers, linings, presentation folders, menu covers, and more. Can be hot stamped.
The origins of these printed papers are represented by a diversity of countries including Japan, India, Thailand, Korea, Nepal, Italy, and the United States. The designs are as unique as the different cultures.
Starched Linen bookcloth comes in two styles, both with starched cloth backings. The Pearl Linen bookcloths have a light, but durable acrylic coating on the front surface. The Kennett line of bookcloths have a softer and more natural looking surface finish. Both are a popular, economical choice. Accepts foil stamping, blind stamping, screen and offset printing. Available in sheets or on a 54" x 10 yard roll.
The tissues and laces are thin, yet strong papers made in Japan and Thailand. The various fibers they are made from include Manila hemp, rayon, and kozo. These papers are excellent choices for making invitations, lampshades, collage, and many other decorative purposes.
In Japan, the name unryu means “cloud dragon paper” and it is characteristic of paper containing strands of kozo fiber that creates contrast and texture. Unryu papers are distinctively unique in their appearance and are available in many colors, textures, and thicknesses.
Wheat Paste is a general purpose bookbinding glue that is derived from wheat starch. It is uniquely formulated so that it requires no cooking. Simply add cold water. A popular chocie for gluing paper, board, and leather. It can also be mixed with PVA.