I frequently teach professional 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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Function meets Aesthetic: Rebacking techniques for leather books

The repair of damaged leather binding of books is a foundation treatment for all book conservators. It poses a constant challenge because of the need to balance the functional intention of using a book while balancing time economy when working with large collections or in private practice. 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. Participants should bring their own paring knife and lifting knife. The workshop will take place in the brand-new state-of-the-art conservation lab at Texas A&M University Libraries, part of a three-year renovation of the libraries. Transportation from the Houston to College Station will be provided (about 90 minutes) and is included in the event start/end time. Lunch and breaks are included in the workshop.

More information: http://www.conservation-us.org/annual-meeting/aic-annual-meeting/2018-complete-program/workshops

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


I have taught workshops for these organizations, among others:
Paper and Book Intensive
Garage Annex School for Book Arts in Easthampton, MA.
North Bennet Street School, Boston
Weissman Preservation Center at Harvard University
Guild of Book Workers
New England Museum Association
Dartmouth College Libraries
King Library Press, University of Kentucky at Lexington
Miniature Book Society
San Francisco Center for the Book
Kilgarlin Center for the Preservation of the Cultural Record at the University of Texas at Austin
University of Utah
Hand Bookbinders of California







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Cambridge MA 02140 USA 617-304-2652 james@reid-cunningham.com