Thanks to Jill's incredible record keeping, and a goal I set for myself when I decided to leave academia to be a full time conservator and bookbinder, I’ve reached over 10,000 hours at the bench!
As of 2017 year end I’ve put in 13,282:30 of conservation and binding tradesman hours. I’m thrilled to have met my goal of over 10,000 tradesman hours, and I’m excited to continue to put in the time, creativity, experience, and hard work at the bench as I continue my work in conservation and binding.
Looking back over the years I’ve had the opportunity to work on amazing rare and collectible books. When I was earning my Masters and learning about conservation the first collectible rare book I ever worked on was a Johnson’s Dictionary, and since those early days of getting my feet wet I’ve gone on to work on ephemera from the 13th Century, several first edition King James Bibles, a Latin New Testament from 1450, almost 100 first edition Book of Mormons, a Gutenberg leaf, a beautiful Book of Hours from the 12th-13th Century, a first edition Common Sense, countless early Mormon history books, a Shakespeare 4th Folio, and just about everything in between.
My wife and I have learned so much over the years and we have met wonderful collectors and book sellers too, most of whom we call our friends now rather than clients. We’re excited to continue our journey in rare books, and enjoy sharing pieces of our journey with you here and on social media.
Below are some fun images of what 13,282:30 on the bench work looks like.