KATER-CRAFTS BOOKBINDERS
Fine Bookbinding & Book Restoration Since 1948

REVIEWS FROM OUR CUSTOMERS

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2/20/15
Kater-Crafts Bookbinders, they are skilled craftsmen. Doing business with this boutique, book binding business is a privilege. The quality of their work is off the charts, fantastic. Service is excellent, as well. They bind and rebind hard cover books, and they have a really neat process for taking a paperback book and converting it into a hard cover book, using the original cover of the paperback book. Kater-Crafts Bookbinders is the greatest! I would highly recommend them.
W. B. Portsmouth, NH - yelp.com

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2/4/2015
Subject: A Study in Resuscitation

I am compelled to acknowledge and congratulate Erny and the Restoration Team for the exquisite work done to restore my copy of A Study in Scarlet. This signature work by Arthur Conan Doyle, a very scarce, likely rare book, had spent several decades of duty in a Connecticut city library, passing through countless less appreciative hands, corners torn, notes scribbled, before being "Discarded" in tattered condition.

Now today, in a remarkable transformation, you have given me back a proud survivor, one of a few known first American editions of this very important book in detective literature. When I first saw the pictures of this battered volume, I didn't hesitate to get it, because I knew we could save it!

Well done!

Graham Lee

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1/22/14
"Sorry I haven't written sooner, but sometimes we just get caught up in "Life".
I want to thank you and everyone at Kater-Crafts Bookbinders who helped put "Beloved" together. I realize it was a small project for your company, but it was a huge project to me. In completing this, I bring closure to a great loss, not only for me, but also for the rest of my family.

A wise man once said to me in regards to meeting my wife: "You were lucky to have found her, but wiser to have married her". In a way, I feel that way about your firm. "I was lucky to have found Kater Crafts, but wiser to have used them.

Thank you for your excellent, professional and beautiful work."
Dr. A. J. L., DDS

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2/15/13
I found a cool old 1823 copy of a short story collection that included Rip Van Winkle - the small size book had the spine with the original label but the boards were unattached. I wanted the boards re-attached, plus new endpapers to match the old paper's color and quality. In a few weeks time I was summoned to pick up the repair. My only surprise was that the job was perfect. The new end papers matched, the covers were expertly re-attached, and the book opened well for reading (many binders bind so tightly that a book only looks good on a shelf but can't actually be comfortably read). Well done!  Neil C -
Yelp

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1/30/13
Over the years we have had a number of antiquarian books repaired and/or refurbished by Kater-Crafts. Their work is outstanding! What these folks can do for any book is amazing. They breathe new life into a damaged book like no other can. We would not think of taking our treasures any place other than here.
- YP.com

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9/10/12
Superb customer service and a high quality product. I had my dissertation manuscript printed and bound at this company and highly recommend them for other master and doctoral students. Judy in particular worked with me through multiple emails and phone calls to ensure that I had all the correct information for the spine, cover, and printing of color copies. The timeline for printing was spot on and the home delivery was ahead of schedule. Thank you everyone for the safe delivery my "baby." 
Cecelia L. Crawford, RN, DNP
- Superpages.com

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5/21/2012
I had a family bible restored that was in bad shape. The bible is over a 100 years old. The front cover was off the bible and the binding was falling apart. When I recieved my bible back, I could not believe how it looked. I was very, very surprised how beautiful the bible looked. Kater Craft did a A+ job. If you are looking to restore your family bible. I would have it done here.
- YP.com

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3/29/2012
I recently picked up my 1941 engineering book that I asked to be "Fixed."  I am over joyed at the restoration job I requested and you performed. I got exactly what I asked for. What did I ask for? A resoration using as few new materials and as much of the old materials as possible. I got it! The book looks and feels a lot like new and the inner covers, etc. are obviously the originals. Thank you for an exceptional job. The book is now ready for an other 71 years.
Yours truly,
Norman Goldberg

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Mar 12, 2012
What a fantastic company. I have been using them for over 20 plus years. My periodicals have been bound perfectly as well as many items done beautifully in leather. They are VERY friendly and professional. I would never consider going to anyone else. 
by SuperUser7304
-Superpages.com

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I had quite a bit of work professional done by K-C after a library disaster and found their work to be spectacular. The work ranged from routine library binding to fine-leather and gold. Their prices are reasonable and their staff efficient and courteous.
This type of business is a dying breed. We're very fortunate to have craftspeople of this quality in L.A. If you love "real" books you'll love this place. Victoria M.
- yelp.com

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"I took a classic stamp book to Kater-Crafts. They beautifully rebound it, peeled the old front of the prior binding,and had it ready in the time promised and at the price promised. I was very satisfied." -Superpages.com

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"I have a 2-volume 120+ year old dictionary, which was in very poor shape. The leather covers were disintegrating and part of the covers were torn off. I had the good fortune of finding Kater Crafts and took the books in with the hope that they would keep them from further degradation. The books have been hand-restored and look beautiful!" -Superpages.com

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"I brought in a very delicate and tricky antiquarian bookbinding job. My needs were quite specific, plus there was a (holiday season gift) deadline. This place did the job exactly as I would have wanted it done and the job was on time. Also, this place was less expensive than other first class binders I have used. I also like that they open for business very early. I will certainly use them again." Neil C. - yelp.com

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"I took two books to Kater-Crafts for restoration rebinding - one that was two hundred years old and missing the front cover, and a 65 year old huge book of bound newspapers that had lost it's spine resulting in the separation of the leaves as well as some individual pages. The state of the second book along with it's size and old and fragile newspaper pages made it a difficult book to rebind. Judy made excellent suggestions as to the leatherette binding, color choices, as well as what was needed to repair the newspaper book in order to rebind it. She provided an accurate estimate of both the cost and the length of time required to repair and rebind the books. When they were finished, the books looked even better than I had imagined they could. Very friendly service and extremely talented bookbinders! I would not hesitate to use them again with confidence."  - Superpages.com

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"I went to this bookbinder at the recommendation of the professionals in the rare book division at the Huntington Library in San Marino, CA. I wanted to bind contemporary copies of the U.K. magazine Country Life to complement a bound collection from the early 1900s that we own. I worked closely with Judy, who helped design a cover and spine lay out for the collection and gave excellent advice on a number of issues, including the appropriate number of volumes for the year.
We are thrilled with the result! The volumes are gorgeous and hold their own with our antique collection. We will continue to use Kater-Crafts to bind the rest of our current collection." Tracy M. -
yelp.com

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"This place is amazing! I was trying to get something done as a gift. The owner carefully listened to what my needs were and walked me through a number of options. Not only did it come on time, it was exactly what I wanted. The personal attention to detail was very impressive and I will surely use them again!" - YP.com

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"My company, A.S.A.P. Publishing, which is a fine-arts small press has exclusively used Kater-Crafts Bookbinders for the past 15 years. I hold these book binding artisans in the highest regards. Every book that they have bound for us have truly been a work of fine art. With their vast knowledge of the book binding trade I know that every project will be completed on time and at a very reasonable cost." 
by Jim Seels  
-Superpages.com

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"It's always a worrisome moment when you turn a precious book over to a binder for repair - often the result is disappointing. Not here. I had a tricky and complicated series of requests for repairing an antiquarian book. They understood - and the the job was done correctly and with subtle artistry. I'm very happy with the service, they were right on time, and the price was fair." - YP.com

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"Kater-Crafts has restored and/or recovered a number of items including my father's baby book, a well used cookbook whose cover was falling off, and a pamphlet from the mid-1800's. The work is first rate and they are the first one's to seek out when you are looking for someone to handle those special items. If there is something you need bound these are the people to do the job." -Superpages.com

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"I recently bought a John Deere 1930's operation manual at a swap meet. The binder was in rough shape, but thought it would be neat to have. I took it to KATER-CRAFTS, and they restored it to look like new. I started showing it around to friends, and was offered 10 times what I invested in it."  -Superpages.com

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"I want to thank Kater-Crafts Bookbinders for doing an outstanding job in binding my Thesis.  They did an excellent job and the turn around time was also outstanding. The quality of workman ship showed Kater -Crafts Bookbinders to be professionals. The pricing was well below some of the other companies that I got estimates from.  I recommend Kater-Crafts Bookbinders without  reservations to anyone who needs a professional job done in binding their thesis or any other book." -  Dr. Pope

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"When I sent my beloved childhood book "Elves and Fairies" to Kater Crafts Bookbinders to be restored I was overwhelmed by my emotional response upon its' return. Here is my favorite book from almost 60 years ago, masterfully put back together and yet exactly the same, like it had been taken care of lovingly all that time. In truth, the spine had fallen off, the binding had come undone, the plastic on the cover was peeling and shredded, many of the pages were creased and torn. I am thrilled with the result and happy to be able to use it once again." -Superpages.com

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"Kater-Crafts Bookbinders did two projects for me and in each case they exceeded my expectations. The owner showed me how to format my short story for binding, turned out great. Doing a 100 page photo album of my family pictures was amazing and the quality of the printing was comparable to my Epson Photo Printer."  - YP.com

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"My Mother used a Field Guide when bird watching with me when I was a boy. In 1971 she gave me my own copy. Mine fell apart. When my Mother died, I got her tattered copy. Both of them have our "life lists" of birds and handwritten notes. They are precious. I sent them to Kater Crafts for restoration. When I got them back, they looked like the same old books; they were the same color and worn appearance, but the corners were restored, the spines were back on and the pages were all perfectly aligned and intact! They perfectly matched the worn green color of the cloth of the outside covers. They are like holding an old book that functions like a new one. It is remarkable craftsmanship they gave me and worth every penny!" -Superpages.com

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"Thank you for helping to restore my Mother's Family Cookbooks. I have thoroughly enjoyed revisiting her recipes again, without being in fear of the books falling apart! I willl truly recommend this business to everyone in need." -Superpages.com

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"This was my first experience with bookbinding and I'm fortunate to have chosen Kater-Crafts. All emails were answered promptly - questions answered patiently -end result, perfect. My books look better than I expected."  Joan Fitzpatrick - YP.com

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"Recently, I helped a friend write her memoir, and have had the joy of working with Kater-Crafts Bookbindery. In creating six beautiful books for the children, Judy, the talented graphic artist at Kater-Crafts, designed elegant, gold embossed covers, which also have lovely raised imprints of ivy trailing down the borders. The gold lettering is echoed in the gilt edged pages, and the first things you see when you open the book are the marbled Italian endpapers and a thin green satin bookmark which is sewn in. The family is thrilled with these books, which will be treasured through generations. This project has been such a great success that my friend would like to have additional copies made for the grandchildren. Judy came up with a brilliant idea to make a second edition of fun and much simpler, cloth-bound, hardback books. Kater-Crafts Bookbindery's personable staff and excellent craftsmanship have made this project a pleasure, and I highly recommend this company to everyone." Sherri - Superpages.com