Welcome to Monkfish Bindery!

I’m Johanna Smick, an Asheville, NC based bookbinder and printmaker. I offer original, hand-crafted books and prints, plus a wide range of bookbinding services.

Chairmaker's Notebook final

now available to pre-order!

Chairmaker’s Notebook
by Peter Galbert

Through collaborating with Peter Galbert and the wonderful people at Lost Art Press, I am pleased to present to you the handbound edition of Chairmaker’s Notebook. This signed and numbered limited edition of 45 books is made with the highest quality materials.

To read more about the edition or to view the gallery, follow the link below.


also be sure to check out:

Book Hands Print - Carving

Artist Prints

Book Hands 2_web

Artist Books

After 1_web

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