Chester Creek Press


Well made, functional tools are a joy to use and the backbone of every shop. The materials for our bookbinding and papermaking tools are carefully chosen for quality and matched to the design of the tool. Only high grade hardwood veneer plywoods and solid hardwoods, most of them grown and milled right here in the Adirondack Mountains and neighboring Vermont, are used.

See the article about tool making at Chester Creek in the Spring 2009 issue of the Bonefolder.


Travel Press

This small finishing press breaks down into just six pieces making it ideal for packing away for a workshop or other trip.
Even though I call it a travel press it's hard maple boards and 3/8" screws give it much of the functionality of a full size press. It would make a good choice for a second, auxiliary press or even as your only press if you mainly work on smaller books.
Requires a 9/16" wrench to operate. A ratchet and socket is the most convenient, but a box or open end wrench will do. Use your own or order the stubby ratchet below.


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Two Sizes:

9" between screws. 11-1/2"w x 4-1/4"h. 3-1/4" between cheeks when fully opened.

$58.00 plus shipping.

6" between screws. 11-1/2"w x 4-1/4"h. 3-1/4" between cheeks when fully opened.

$54.00 plus shipping

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Travel Press Stubby Ratchet

4" stubby ratchet with 9/16" socket to fit the Travel Press. Small and lightweight.

$25.00 plus shipping

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Other sizes happily made. Please ask for price.


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Bookbinder's awl with interchangeable needles

This awl is fitted with a jeweler's pin-chuck that allows the needle to be changed by a simple twist of the chuck. The pear shaped handle fits comfortably in the palm of your hand. Comes with 2 sizes of needles, but you can use any needle in your tool kit just by snipping off the eye. The chuck holds the needle very securely. With a heavy needle the awl is strong enough to push through binder's board for stab bindings, yet the size and shape of the handle make it comfortable to use for punching book sections or other delicate work.

Approximate size:
Overall length: 5"
Handle length: 3-1/2"
Largest diameter: 1-1/4"
Needle size: variable

Mahogany handle. $75.00 plus shipping

Punching Cradle

A v-shaped cradle with an end stop for punching book sections. Solid Ash. 15" long.

$60.00 plus shipping


Press Blocks for Box Making

Smoothly sanded hardwood blocks for boxmaking.

1-1/2 inch:
10 full blocks plus 4 half blocks - $65.00


15 full blocks plus 4 half blocks - $80.00


1-3/4 inch:
10 full blocks plus 4 half blocks - $90.00


2-1/2 inch:
10 full blocks plus 4 half blocks - $120.00


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Brass Edged Boards

9 x 10 inches - $55.00 pair


10 x 13 inches - $65.00 pair


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Letterpress Printing, Handmade Paper, Hand Bookbinding

Press Boards - 1/2" – 9 ply cabinet grade birch plywood


1/2 x 6 x 9 inches - $7.00 each


1/2 x 10 x 13 inches - $9.00 each


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