Chiam Ebanks of Exeter Bookbinders
Chaim Ebanks

 of Exeter Bookbinders
Eric Gray

About Exeter Bookbinders

Preserving our Past for Future Generations

Exeter Bookbinders are based in Cullompton. For your convenience you can bring your books to our workshop or we can collect from your home or office. A collection and delivery service can be arranged in Exeter, Taunton, Cullompton and surrounding areas. To arrange an appointment or collection call 0800 5999840, 01884 560555 or 07975 702309. Alternatively, you can use our contact form.

Chaim Ebanks and Eric Gray have a combined experience of over 100 years between them. You can be confident your precious books will be in safe hands. Chaim says that "bookbinding gives us both pleasure and great satisfaction". That love and care translates into finished work that you will enjoy for many years.

Using traditional methods your book is restored to its original condition, with new materials, but still exhibiting that antique look and style. This is accomplished through original bookbinding methods and the Victorian tools we still use. You can see from the testimonials below that many customers comment on the antique 'look and feel' that this achieves.

Chaim Ebanks fell in love with books as a very small child, reading two or three books every week. Inquisitive as to the structure of books, he had rudimentary training, which allowed him to bind his own small books. As an adult, and running his own IT business, he took 'day release' to expand his knowledge, with tuition from the internationally known Dutch bookbinder, George Janssen. After years of tuition, he proved to be an outstanding student, producing good quality work in both binding and 'finishing' of books (the application of gold lettering and design). Chaim specialises in the repair and rebinding of old volumes, though he will also accept modern commissions.

Chaim has lectured at Exeter University on the subject “The History of the Codex System of Books and Early Writing Systems”.


What our clients say about us.

Monica Tobias-Gay - 14.07.2014 Super work, and very fast service. My 1700s book of Don Quixote now has an even longer lease of life. Very pleased, and will pass on this bookbinder to my friends.
Jenni - 14.07.2014 Exeter Bookbinders have excelled themselves in restoring a photo album from the 1930s which was found at the club in a state of disrepair. The album was falling to bits but after restoration is now looking fantastic yet retaining it's original features so important to the history of the album.
Nigel Sharp - 31.05.2014 Chaim Ebanks restored a disbound 1871 mountaineering book to a very pleasing standard and price. Very happy with his service.
G.R.T Wood - 16.02.2013 Excellent attentive service at a very reasonable price. I have no hesitation in saying that they will take the greatest care of your precious books.
N Brown - 18.01.2013 I needed to get some lettering renewed on a very precious - to me - family book. Exeter Bookbinders could not have been more helpful and professional. I was delighted with their work. Thank you!
D.G. Steer - 01.11.2012 Recently had 2 small, 1950s, encyclopaedia rebound. Efficient and friendly service from Kim and very happy with the finished product.
Pauline - 27.04.2012 "Exeter bookbinders have rebacked a 1901 book on the anglo boer war for me. I will recommend them, very reasonably priced. Very pleased with the result, thank you."
P.C. - 03 04.02.2012 "Exeter Bookbinders have just recovered a '1911 History of Bradninch' book which looked a bit tatty,it has now been restored to it's former glory. Very pleased, thank you."
Joseph C Kelly - 12.01.2012 "Exeter Bookbinders have just finished binding my very early copy of "A Book of Birds". The binding looks 100 years old (which is what we asked for). Very reasonably priced too. Thank you so much"
Robert J Adams (Dr) - 28.12.2011 "Chaim Ebanks of Exeter Bookbinders has just done a rebind of an antique book, to a high standard and at a very reasonable price. He is knowledgeable and informative on both the processes and of the books themselves, keeping sympathetically to the style of the original. Well recommended."