Book Binding Repair & Restoration

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Book Restoration and Binding Repair
37 years restoring books for institutions and in private practice

Repair of leather bindings, cloth bindings, albums, and other items.

Paper and document restoration.

since 1983

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Diderot Encyclopédie

Parisian bindery circa 1755

Leather reback in progress, before
Leather reback in progress, after

A Leather Reback in Progress

Repaired Corner

Restored Family Bible

In 1984 I began restoring books in institutional special collections — for several years at the University of Saint Thomas in Saint Paul, then to Carleton and Saint Olaf Colleges in Northfield MN, where I worked for five years on Special Collections for both institutions.  I am now in private practice, my workshop in my home near Lake Hiawatha in Minneapolis.

Much of my work is leather, but of course all sorts of books find their way into my workshop — children’s books, keepsakes, bibles, etc.

Mark Twain restored

Book Restoration Examples


Cloth Binding Repair

Leather Binding Repair

Other Repair and Restoration Examples