On Friday, November 6, 2015, I taught a Basic Book Repair Workshop in Asheville, The workshop was hosted by the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources Western Office and sponsored by the North Carolina Preservation Consortium (NCPC). The NCDCR office is located on the Veterans Administration campus and is located in a nicely restored building dating from WWII.
This workshop is very popular and helps individuals who are beginners learn the foundations of book repair, the correct materials to use, and the proper way to use those materials to get the best result. We had a wonderful group of people from all over North Carolina. I enjoyed meeting them and working with them. The attendees came from: the NC Maritime Museum in Beaufort; Greensboro College; High Point University; The World Methodist Museum in Lake Junaluska; The Presbyterian Heritage Center in Montreat; the Davidson County Historical Museum and the Mountain Gateway Museum in Old Fort. Everyone was hungry to learn and we spent the day starting with easy techniques like tipping in loose pages and repairing paper tears. We then learned more complex techniques like replacing a damaged spine. I also covered tearing Japanese paper to repair hinges, replacing end sheets, and repairing paperbacks.
The workshop went smoothly and I look forward to the next opportunity to teach one of these rewarding workshops.