Passing the Torch

It’s been several years since I’ve been able to dedicate any time to book repair. I did not want to officially shut down Bay Area Book Repair so this site has lingered, tempting and frustrating many repair-seekers.Happily, Vanessa Hardy will be taking over the business in the summer of 2021. She has years of experience… Continue reading Passing the Torch

Birthday Book

This sweet little book offers a short, very Romantic poem for every day of the year, so that one can record friends’ birthdays and read them flattering verses on their special day, or judge oneself for having a depressing one. Mine was rather dismal. I did not photograph it. It had been through quite a… Continue reading Birthday Book


I have the feeling that this book was already a little rough, but after it fell out of its owner’s bike basket, he brought it to me for repair. The missing spine revealed that rather than sewn with thread, this book is held together with staples. Over time, staples will rust and become brittle, can… Continue reading Staples

Five Easy Pieces

Well, not exactly easy. This book had been torn apart as garbage, but the owner rescued it and wanted it to look just as it had. Some paper repair was required… I wasn’t sure that I’d be able to get it back into the original cover, which was intact. Paper repairs and resewing add bulk that… Continue reading Five Easy Pieces

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. I was able to… Continue reading The Great Outdoors