Traditional Craft Bookbinder

Quality leather binding & designer book making in Somerset 



I undertake a full range of commissioned work: from a one-off full leather binding designed to your individual requirements, to short run limited editions, and restoration of antiquarian books and treasured family heirlooms.



Bespoke Table Planners

My handmade leather table planners are decorated by hand with gold tooling and personalised lettering.  They make a superb centerpiece for formal dining and are available in a range of colours, sizes and shapes.




I have for sale a range of leather bound classic novels that I have bound either in a traditional style or a designer style.  I also make for sale a range of unique leather bound plain paged journals & sketch books, an ideal present for a writer or artist.



Rosy Gray is a traditional craft bookbinder with over 35 years of experience.

The Black Cat Bindery workshop - situated in the heart of Somerset UK - was established by Rosy to undertake a range of binding work including: Repair & restoration of antiquarian books, Design & creation of fine bindings, limited editions and handmade books, Bespoke genuine leather table planners and albums

Rosy designs and creates memorable, durable bindings with optional protective presentation boxes – objects to be treasured for generations.

 Unique and personalised books, handmade to your specifications, are produced using traditional hand-bookbinding equipment, some of which dates back to the Victorian era.

Clamshell boxes can be made to measure – whether for protecting antiquarian books or just for storing your paperwork.

The finest materials, including velum, calf-skin, hand-marbled paper and gold-foil for tooled decoration & lettering, are available.

An international client base has been established, ranging from private collectors and university libraries to businesses, public schools and Cathedral libraries.  Rosy works alongside printers, designers, film and TV companies and photographers to create unique bespoke products and prototypes.