David Ashley is a book arts craftsman who uses traditional tools and materials to make pieces that help people recognize important events in their lives–whether a love poem, wedding vows, honorary degrees or illustrated works that truly express love or appreciation. David also makes fully custom book boxes for old family books, first editions or journals; and also truly custom and unique boxes and containers for advertising and marketing pieces. David’s Denver studio is full of wonderful tools, materials and artwork–including an 1890’s printing press, about one hundred fonts of vintage type, brass binding tools, and lots of handmade and imported papers, book cloths, parchment and vellum, and many examples of his work over the past almost forty years.
David Ashley is a leading Denver calligrapher, bookbinder and letterpress printer, with forty years of experience. David does many styles of calligraphy, illumination, illustration.
He also does book cloth and leather books and clam shell boxes, and almost any kind of box or portfolio that you can envision. David works with individuals, collectors, schools and universities, companies and designers of all kinds.
Regarding the new clamshell – it is beyond exquisite. The embossed rivet on the front, the beautiful leather on the spine, and then the rivets inside – it is nothing short of a masterpiece. Quite frankly, I’m starting to enjoy your creations more than I am the books themselves!!! So, many, many thanks to you. Until our next project, keep healthy – away from COVID and a completely healed toe! Gratefully and with thanks,
Weekes Autographs has collaborated with David Ashley Studios for several years. David has produced some stunning portfolios and custom boxes that enhance and protect autograph treasures. We cannot recommend David too highly. Weekes Autographs, Buffalo New York
We have worked with David for almost a decade now on dozens of projects for our clients. From leather bindings to custom clamshell cases, we can always count on David to choose the best materials, create beautiful designs and produce finished work with great attention to detail.
The case arrived today and it is stunning - I'd been waiting with bated breath, not unlike the proverbial kid at Christmas. The book fit inside with some room to spare, and I'm glad to see it safely kept.
First off thank you so so much for the GORGEOUS Science Meets Creativity boxes, the guests did not stop raving about them. I am waiting on the photographers for the final photos and will definitely pass them along once we receive them. Thank you also for the prototype. It was beautiful and a very creative solution.
Thank you again, David. My "Thoreau Chairs' are perfect. I love the way you created what I wanted. Thank you again.
Contact David Ashley to discuss your vision for a new, truly custom work of art.