Tell me your story

I have known Sarah and admired her work for a long time, so I am delighted she has agreed to trust me with running Bay Area Book Repair. Over the next few months I am going to be redesigning this website. In the meantime, you can always reach me through the contact page. I have spent… Continue reading Tell me your story

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