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David Donahue
Book Restorations
Restorations & Repairs

Design Bindings

Hand Made Clam Shell Boxes
1241 Carpenter St. Studio 319
Philadelphia, Pa 19147
David Donahue Restorations is a full service book restoration bindery.  We do
just about every type of book restoration, from your favorite childrens book,  
your grandmothers cook book, Victorian Era Family Bibles, 15th century vellum
bindings, books of maps, photographic books, everything to modern first

We repair, restore, make replacement spines, duplicate existing spine designs,
make new bindings when required, resew books, make custom design bindings,
and make a wide selection of attractive archival quality clam shell storage boxes
for books.

We give accurate and detailed email estimates if you supply photos or if you
bring the book into us.  Our estimates are itemized by each task required so you
get a clear understanding of what needs to be done.  

We offer a money back guarantee.  If you don't like the work that was done, we
will redo it at no cost to you,  or refund 100% of your payment.  No questions
asked.  It's that simple.   Very few businesses will offer this level of guarantee,
especially where hard to learn skills, conservation knowledge,  and artistic talent
blend in unpredictable levels for each restoration.  

The only bad news is that we are not fast.    We do the jobs in the order they
come in, we take our time, and we do it right.   

Honestly, there is one more piece of bad news.  We are not the Walmart of
restorers. There are other restoration companies that are cheaper.  I don't know
how they do it, or what magic they use that we haven't mastered, but we do not
cut corners. We use only the finest materials, we do all the work according to
industry standards for conservation and restoration,  and we provide superior
customer service, so we factor all that into our pricing structure.  I think we
charge a fair price for the level of skilled craftsmanship you get.   

I might as well get all the bad news out of the way.  Some books, a very select
few, can simply not be restored.  Serious water damage is usually the worst
culprit, especially if mold has developed, so sometimes even our skills cannot
produce an acceptable repair and we might not find this out until we are well into
the restoration.   It's rare, but it happens.  Other than heavy water damage, we
can usually fix or repair most other types of damage.

Go through our web site. There is a lot of information here and if this is the first
time you have considered a book restoration, you may feel overwhelmed with the
amount of information, but that is normal.  When you are done browsing the site,
send us an email with your pictures, or call us for an appointment in our shop,
and we'll give you an accurate and detailed estimate.

Ruth, Madeline, Kate or myself will answer your email or phone call.   Whoever
takes your call or email will become your personal contact and conservator, the
person who will prepare an estimate for you, handle all communication and
actually do the work.   

We would like to have your restoration business.  If you select us for your
project your will get one of the most professionally handled restorations
possible.  Thanks for looking at our site.  
“If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.” - Cicero
Preserving memories and knowledge with old world craftmanship