The Great Outdoors

This amazing book arrived in the mail, and was my first official Bay Area Book Repair job. It’s a family heirloom, given as a gift to the client’s grandfather, and stamped with his name on the cover. Structurally sound, it was badly scuffed, with bumped corners, and some unfortunate blue paint splatters.

Great Outdoors

I was able to pick off the biggest blobs of paint with minimal damage. I repaired the corners and re-tinted the scuffed areas of leather, restoring its uniformly mottled appearance.

Great Outdoors cover

Retirement

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I am sad to announce that I will be “retiring” from working on books as of this week.  I have been in graduate school for two years to study something totally different–divinity school with the aim of working as a chaplain upon graduation–and now is the time for me to more fully transition into my next adventure.

I am happy to be leaving the business to Sarah Songer, a wonderful bookbinder based in San Francisco.  She will introduce herself in coming posts.

I cannot fully express how grateful I am to all my clients for the fascinating books you’ve brought into my life, for your stories and love for books.  It’s meant the world to me.

Michele