J. K. Hickel Bindery

The J. K. Hickel Bindery provides hand bookbinding services in the Grand Rapids, Michigan area. Custom hand-crafted attention is given to each project, for the binding or repair of books, both old and new, and the creation of boxes, slipcases, or other unique enclosures.

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About the Binder

Jean Knowlton Hickel has been binding books in west Michigan for over 30 years. She specializes in various traditional binding methods taught by her father, the late Daniel G. Knowlton, a master binder for Brown University in Rhode Island for 35 years.

Jean was also an early member of the Midwestern Chapter of the Guild of Bookworkers.


Book Repair

Rebacking, recasing, or other structural processes used to put a book back into service.

Hardcover Binding

New covers constructed of various materials. The title & decorative tooling is stamped onto the spine and covers.

Paper/Page Mending

Using various types of mending tissues to repair torn pages, illustrations, or to build out missing parts of pages.


Constructed to protect rare/special volumes, to house a collection of ephemera, or other storage purposes.


Hand-sewn blank books of fine acid-free paper bound in any size and design to suit any occasion.

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