About Me

About me

In 1976 I was fascinated with calligraphy.  My interest grew to include manuscript gilding, quill pens, and simple hand binding.  Eventually I found I was most interested in bookbinding and restoration.  In 1984 I began a book conservation workshop at the University of Saint Thomas in St. Paul repairing books in their Special Collections Library and training students in repair of general collection books.  Several years later I went to Northfield Minnesota, establishing a workshop for both Carleton College’s Special Collections, and St. Olaf College’s Kierkegaard Library collection. Since 1993 I have been in private practice,  in my home-studio near Minnehaha Falls in south Minneapolis, doing work I love : restoring books, making tools, teaching, developing manuscript skills, and exploring creative projects for individuals, institutions, businesses, and myself.

My affection for calligraphic arts continues, especially regarding the traditional tools and techniques in the Western Tradition. I have acquired some skill with quill pens and quill cutting, and now enjoy a steady trickle of work selling GOOSE QUILL PENS : “the king of writing implements”.