What is the difference between Book Restoration vs Conservation?

What is the difference between Book Restoration vs Conservation? Book Restoration: The process of returning a book to its original condition with varying degrees of success. The entire scope of "restoration" ranges from the repair of a torn leaf, … [Continue reading]

Use Acrylics to dye Japanese tissues

Do you want to dye Japanese tissue to match a certain color? The title of this blog cuts to the chase. Acrylics (or watercolors) are the best substance to use to dye Japanese tissues for use in book and art restoration This is the conclusion of … [Continue reading]

Wizard of Oz Facsimiles and Page Repair

Wizard of Oz Facsimiles and Page Repair Paper to Match. Facsimiles should always be declared in any sale! That being said, there are some very valid reasons for creating them first and foremost is that if a book is missing pages then it cannot be … [Continue reading]

How to repair a chip in a Leather Spine

How to Repair a chip in a Leather Spine https://youtu.be/9DL5Es9t5yk The key to this quick fix is to understand the anatomy of this book. The spine has a natural hollow area between the liner of the text-spine and the liner of the case-spine. … [Continue reading]

How to Clean and Repair Books: A suggested hierarchy

A hierarchical approach to clean and repair books. This is the hierarchy I developed to help you learn how to repair books yourself. While it looks like a list to follow, it is only meant to be a guideline. Every book repair needs to be examined … [Continue reading]

Color Touch-up on Cloth Book Spine

This is one way to do color touch up on book spines. Another way is to use an acrylic paint wash. Both have their benefits. Note how an eraser doesn't clean off the brown stains at all and that it really needs the scraping action to even out the … [Continue reading]

Re-casing a 19th century Cloth Binding

Newton's Principia 1846

Re-casing a 19th century cloth binding: Newton's Principia 1846 Part 1 https://youtu.be/7stvD63jgII This book has provided a great example of 19th century book-cloth restoration. Newton's Principia 1846 came into my shop with the request to take … [Continue reading]

Quick Leather Book Repair

How to do a quick leather book repair: https://youtu.be/qcNbNMg1Y-Q Occasionally, a leather bound book is discovered with an intact cover but has separated in the inner hinges. This video only shows the discussion of the solution for such books. … [Continue reading]

Moldy, Smelly Book

The story of a moldy, smelly book. So a friend of mine was tasked with being the caretaker of her family's big old bible. You know the kind. Sort of looks like a chocolate bar. She had done fine for many years, keeping it inside on a shelf. ¬†Then … [Continue reading]

How to Open Uncut Book Pages

How to Open Uncut Book Pages. https://youtu.be/VU7lqM6NfQo … [Continue reading]