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Book Repair Workshop
Book Repair Workshop

Sat, Aug 03


Morgan Conservatory

Book Repair Workshop

This workshop is for intermediate or advanced bookbinders interested in shifting gears from making books, to an introduction to amateur repair and restoration techniques.

Date + Time

Aug 03, 2024, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Morgan Conservatory, 1754 E 47th St, Cleveland, OH 44103, USA


The skills overlap, but many aspects of repair and restoration are specific to "saving" a book versus creating a book. Participants will be introduced to tools, materials, and techniques that will build off current skills and lay the foundation for an alternate use of those skills. Participants will learn how to assess and identify damage, perform common repair procedures for most problems, and learn the materials used for amateur repairs and where to obtain them.

Student Supply List: All preferred basic bookbinding and sewing tools - bring your toolbox! Including a variety of brushes, knives, scalpels, spatulas, scrapers, a saw (if you have one), and a variety of straight edges. Books in need of repair, any style binding, the greater the range of damage and binding the better! 2 or 3 books of no value (fiscal or sentimental) for experimenting, some (can have value) for discussion or consultation.

Instructor Bio: Daniel Colvin is the owner of Cobenick Studios Book Arts in Columbus, Ohio. He has a BFA in printmaking and papermaking from the Columbus College of Art and Design, and has over 20 years experience with book arts. Daniel has studied at OSU libraries and Logan Elm Press; and as a professional artist and educator, has shown and lectured both locally and nationally for over 25 years.

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