This week in the conservation lab, we did a full inventory of all of our tools and equipment. We use a lot of different tools in the lab! At the front of the table, there are various utility knives, scalpels, and four different types of bonefolders (bone, wood, plastic, and teflon). Because of the wide […]
Today I’m working on a treatment that is basically the rare book equivalent of cleaning under the couch cushions. This 2-volume herbal was used by a previous owner as a plant press, and many leaves, flowers and other assorted plant parts were discovered in-between its pages by our special collections librarian. The plants had already […]
Today I dis-bound this book with a metal cover, so that it can go to the commercial bindery and get a new cover (the cover has gotten rather sharp and has been referred to as a ‘shiv’ by our cataloging department). Don’t worry, we have another pristine copy in special collections! This copy was our […]
Carbon Fiber Lifter The carbon fiber lifter is a new tool to aid a conservator when mechanically lifting covering material, pastedowns and general delaminating. Â Lifting knives, teflon tools, micro spatulas, teflon co… SHUT UP AND TAKE MY MONEY!