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Book repairs and unique artisan bindings for your creative and literary projects. Australia-wide, based in Brisbane.


Book Restorations. Book Conservations.
Bindings & Covers For Print & Artistic Media.


Exquisitely conserving and repairing your books, maps and documents for centuries to come. 


Complement your limited edition books with contemporary, artistically-designed  bindings.

Special Projects

Got a project that requires a rare embellishment? We can create exquisite folders, boxes and more.

The Journey to Master Craftsman

In the venerable European book binding tradition, the title Master Craftsman is awarded only to the crème de la crème. This lofty height is achieved only after a long journey, which starts as apprentice, progresses through journeyman, and ends with craftsman. The especially gifted craftsman who breaks new ground through outstanding skill forges new standards and stimulates new integrity in the craft. Thus emerges the Master Craftsman.

The Pohlmann Bindery is founded on the skills passed down through the centuries by Master Craftsmen who have established this noble craft. After his journeyman experiences in Europe, founder Fred Pohlmann developed an expertise now held in the highest regard, locally, nationally and internationally. 


We use a wide variety of materials and binding styles, from modern to ancient binding techniques, to create unique and hand-crafted pieces to treasure.

Australia's Leading Bookbinder

A commitment to genuine quality is evident in the tools a master craftsman chooses to use. Our bindery is unique to Australia – no other bookbinder exists here who can combine the tools and years of experience at Pohlmann Bookbinders.

Globally-Recognised Work

Friedhelm Pohlmann has lectured and taught around the world, learning from the great masters in the bookbinding and exhibiting around the world. His work can be seen in many libraries and government buildings around the world.

Awards and Exhibitions

Fred Pohlmann has won many awards for his artistry, with prizes across the world. He has also exhibited internationally, in Europe and Australia.

Committed to Quality

We are dedicated to quality, leaving no room for short cuts. We set the highest possible standards for not only for the materials and techniques used, but ourselves as well to ensure your treasured heirloom, antique or project has the perfect result.

Welcome to the Bindery

Our purpose-built workshop is nestled in the beautiful hills of Camp Mountain near Brisbane. Our state-of-the-art equipment and traditional bookbinding techniques ensure the highest quality results for your projects.

International Standards

The Pohlmann Bindery surpasses all local standards for Library Binding Records. The materials used to produce bindings conform to the high quality US and European Library standards. 

Producing and publishing artists' books throws up tasks not met in normal book publishing areas. Friedhelm Pohlmann's experience as a Master Binder has proved invaluable to us. Not least of all is his talent for working with artists and creating bindings which become integral to the works.

Noreen Grahame, Director, Grahame Galleries + Editions


QUT library has used Pohlmann's bookbinding services for several years. We have found their staff to be reliable and committed to ensuring work of a consistently high quality.

Elizabeth Dolby, Serial Manager, Queensland University of Technology


I am writing to congratulate you for the work you have done in rebinding our 19th century volumes of NSW and QLD parliamentary papers. The standard of binding is, as always, excellent. Not only do they now have a very sound construction but their appearance also is truly pleasing to the eye.

Margaret O'Hagan, Fryer Memorial Library of Australian Literature, The University of Queensland Libraries

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