On Friday, September 29th, I taught a book repair workshop, sponsored by the North Carolina Preservation Consortium (NCPC) in my Preservation Lab. This workshop was an intermediate workshop, so we tackled several complex procedures. The attendees came from east and west: East Tennessee State University (Johnson City, TN), Tryon Palace (New Bern, NC), Appalachian State University, the High Point Museum, Guilford College and the EPA Library in Research Triangle Park.
In the morning session, we made a four-flap enclosure and then made a pamphlet binder to hold it. Following this, we made an archival box which held the pamphlet binder inside-so each participant had 3 nested enclosures.
After lunch at The Pit, we had a great tour of Special Collections by Tanya Zanish-Belcher. Everyone enjoyed seeing the WWI exhibit and the unique books Tanya had for us to examine and learn about.
During the afternoon, the attendees learned spine replacement, how to apply and use heat-set tissue, and how to tear and use Japanese paper to repair broken joints. This was a good workshop with engaged people who learned useful skills. It gave each person the chance to the practice skills they learned and take-home examples with instructions to have for future reference.