Category Archives: Conservation

Commission for a Former Marine

One of my first commissions for the Charleston Library Society was for a former Marine, who had a book dedicated to his time of service. It was an extremely satisfying experience to help him preserve this piece of his past.

I was able to reattach the boards and create a new spine that matched the original one. The trickiest part was repairing the torn end sheets which had printed photographs across both pages.

With layers of toned Japanese tissue and a lot of blending with colored pencils, the results were great. The hardest part was blending the grass and the grenades at the bottom end of the back page.

“Exit Murder”

This is some very early conservation work I did when I first started at the Charleston Library Society. Some simple toned Japanese tissue paper repair on a circulating library mystery book. You can see the repair along the front board joint and rebuilding both end caps. Obviously, I had a lot to learn about photo documentation at this point.