I frequently teach professional training workshops in bookbinding and conservation. Here are the workshops scheduled so far in 2018.

Introduction to Paper Conservation

This class explores contemporary methods of repairing damaged historical papers. Students are provided with samples of damaged sheets of paper to repair, dating from the 17th to the 21st centuries, but they are encouraged to bring their own documents to conserve during the class.

Saturday, March 10 & Sunday, March 11, 8:30am-4:30pm. 
North Bennet Street School, Boston.

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Pierced Vellum Binding

Participants will create modern versions of the 17th century pierced vellum binding, with the design created by utilizing a punctured vellum cover revealing decoration on the boards beneath. This course will cover: lining vellum, fabricating and decorating the boards; constructing a stiffboard case; creating a pierced vellum design; and covering in vellum.

Friday to Sunday, April 20 – 22
Big River Bindery, Atlanta GA

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Function meets Aesthetic: Rebacking techniques for leather books

The repair of damaged leather binding of books is a foundation treatment for all book conservators. In this course participants will learn and review several traditional and modern techniques for the repair of both tight and hollow back. The workshop will explore the importance of secure board attachment before the application of appropriate outer covering to re-attach the original spine and boards.

This workshop will alternate demonstrations with hands-on treatment under close supervision. Participants will gain experience lifting leather, staining leather to match historical bindings, paring leather, and rebacking in both leather and kozo paper. Discussions will explore board attachment techniques prior to covering, including joint tacketing, board slotting, extended linings, and colored kozo paper mending. There will be presentations on issues relating to leather bindings, including suitable repair leathers and papers, leather dyes, pigments, surface coatings, consolidants, adhesives, and tools for lifting and paring.

This workshop is for all experience levels, although previous work with leather would be helpful.

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American Institute for Conservation Annual Meeting, Houston.
Wednesday May 30, 2018 7:30am - 6:30pm 






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