Joseph took his first book binding class in 1998 while attending Brigham Young University in Provo Utah, and since then earned a Bachelor’s degree in art from Brigham Young University, a Master of Fine Arts degree in printmaking from Utah State University, and has over 15 years of book binding and restoration experience.
Having worked two years at the Utah State University Library Special Collections department and having taught drawing, painting, printmaking, and art history over four years at Western Texas College, Joseph possesses the knowledge and skills to apply period accurate aesthetics and materials to his restoration and conservation projects.
With a special interest, education, and experience in copper engraving, a skill so few possess these days, Joseph also enjoys making stamping tools, metal dies, and other hardware such as clasps to aid with his restoration and conservation projects; true skill and craftsmanship is always evident in Joseph’s work.
May 2013 Joseph relocated to Texas and opened his own bindery, restoration, and conservation studio, after having worked at Restoration Books in Logan Utah as the principal bench-worker for three years. With a true love of beautiful books and special regard for preserving the past, his goal is the highest expression of his craft; which is to preserve and restore precious and treasured rare books.