Book conservators are often faced with the challenge of working
with unfamiliar, idiosyncratic, and complex books. In such cases
making a model of a binding can be of great benefit and insight
into previous binding practices. This is especially true when
presented with a book found in a fragmented state.
In book conservation we often have to face situation where the
handling, opening and consultation of a book could cause
irreversible damage. We have to find solutions to both protect the
book as an historical object and to restore its usability as a
repository of knowledge.
Last winter, a few of us from the books department decided to go
for a little hike one weekend and found ourselves walking through
some woodland about half an hour from the school. One of the group
came across an antler, which she wasn't too keen on keeping, so I
thought I'd take it back to school and have a go at making some
custom bone folders.
Help preserve our future
West Dean is part of a registered charity and relies on the
support of generous donors, friends, legacies to help us deliver
world-class education in conservation and the creative arts and
maintain our award-winning gardens.