Passion & Philosophy: Preservation of Books & Bindings
Fine bindings have been my passion along with a lifelong interest in the preservation of fine books.
I am an individual practitioner in the craft of bookbinding. My emphasis is the preservation of antique books.
My goal is to preserve, as much as possible, the original fabric of the book. There are times when restoration by the addition of new materials might reduce the historic or monetary value of the volume in which case an archival box should be used. These kinds of decisions are made only after comprehensive dialogue with the client.
Training & Experience: Smithsonian, Library of Congress, & Other Art Institutes
While living in the Washington, DC, area, I was able to study all aspects of book creation and preservation at the Smithsonian Institution as well as through private lessons with a book conservator from the Library of Congress.
Upon retirement, I began to work as a volunteer book conservator at East Carolina University Joyner Library and the local city library. I taught basic bookbinding at the Greenville North Carolina Center for Arts & Crafts. I have also taught a course in book restoration at the John C. Campbell Folk School in the North Carolina Mountains.
I periodically offer book-restoration classes here in Vancouver, Washington, where I currently reside. Restoration work is performed at my studio in Vancouver, WA.
In December 2012, I was featured in Vancouver's local newspaper, The Columbian; the news article “Retiree Restores Antique Books in His Workshop“ may be accessed through the extracted copy here.