Blocking & Tooling

The bookbinders of Hilton Studio have an expert knowledge of the traditional methods and materials of their craft, they excel in the finishing touches.

gold blocking a bespoke childrens story book

Machine Blocking

Books, cards, stationery can be blocked using traditional presses. This method is ideal for small or large quantites.

We can produce a metal block for blocking onto covers, cards etc from your own artwork/designs.

Hand Tooling

Pink Foil Tooling a Book

This is a more versatile but also more time consuming, blocking method. It is ideal for bespoke items. This is not limited to books and card covers, a wide variety of items can hand tooled by our expert bookbinders.

Previous Projects:

  • Decorative edged leather elevator roof panels
  • Decorative edged leather desktop inlays
  • Decorative writing bureaux

Foil colours

Foil used to block/tool your item is available in a variety of colours. In addition to our standard range of colours others colours may be ordered upon request.

  • Gold
  • Pink
  • Silver
  • Bronze


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Our uncompromising dedication to quality combines the very best calligraphy, gold gilding, illustration, heraldic art and Bookbinding using the finest vellums and papers to create exquisite, hand made one-offs as well as large quantities, produced by high quality printers.

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