In the attempt to prevent the decay of cultural objects, conservators and preservation professionals have an array of tools. Every treatment decision has to take into account a number of factors before a course of action can be determined. These factors include the condition of the object, the purpose and future use of the object, the historical background and, in the case of culturally sensitive objects, a number of ethical considerations.
Treatments are carried out using the highest quality material and techniques are periodically reviewed to take into account the latest developments in the discipline. Conservators' skills continue to be developed and improved by their participation in training programmes, internships, seminars, conferences etc.
A large proportion of the manuscripts on paper from Central Asian collections have received some kind of conservation/restoration treatment at some point in the course of their lives. Unfortunately some of these early experimental treatments, especially the ones carried out before 1970, proved to be damaging to the objects and have accelerated their decay. Where lining was added, the adhesives used had often cross-linked and damaged the paper fibres, causing discolouration, distortions, cracks and losses of media and support. Some objects were lined on both recto and verso with silk gauze. This type of treatment has had the adverse effect of limiting flexibility of movement to the paper and, in addition, the ageing silk has become brittle and embedded into the paper fibres. The adhesive used with the silk lining has also in most cases proved inadequate causing yet more damage to the objects. The modern approach to Central Asian manuscripts does not involve the addition of supports in the form of lining or facings.
Today, conservation treatments carried out on these objects involves:
Materials used for conservation and preservation of manuscripts on paper include:
A restored book should have the appearance that it would
have had if it never needed mending. It should have as much
of the original material as is possible to use and still maintain
the usability of the book. All new work should be in keeping
with the style and the time in which the book was produced.
All materials used must be archivally safe and whenever possible
should be reversible.
The aim of a book restorationist is to maintain the integrity of the book while making it usable in the present and preserved for posterity.
A look of proper age is desireable and repairs should be as inconspiquous as possible. However, no attempt should me made to fool future owners. To this end a detailed record of treatment should accompany each restored book. This record will also serve to as a guide to bookbinders in treating the book should need it in the future; much the same as a persons medical records serve the physician.
A replica is a binding which, as nearly as possible, duplicates the original. Sometimes reclaimed materials that are contemporary to that of the book are available. This adds considerably to their charm.
Even though it is still restoration, Family Bibles deserve
a spot of their own. More than any other book, we repair, rebind
and restore antique Family Bibles. Because of the number of
these we do and the many years of experience we have in working
with old Family Bibles, we are confident that our work is unsurpassed,
anywhere. We also believe after we have restored your Family
Bible that you will agree.
Our goal in restoration is to preserve as much of the original as possible. This is usually 99%. When portions of the original material is missing, we create new one that are incorporated into the binding and the joins are blended to disguise the repair. We believe that our customers want their antique Family Bibles to look as though they they have been treated with the utmost care for their entire existence. We believe that this is achieved most of the time.
Fine binding uses the very finest in whatever materials make up the binding. If the binding is leather, it is of the very best and decorated in the best of taste. Whether that be a rich, full gilt tooling, blind tooling, or a combination thereof. silk headband, doublures or marble paper linings, or myriad other fine materials. Remember, the accent is on fine. If fabric is used, it might be silk moire, velvet or some other fabric of fine quality.
General binding is more of the everyday type of bookbinding. But, it is never in any way slip shod or cut rate. Good materials and workmanship are still a must. Even relatively inexpensive work should be done well. General binding includes rebinding of novels, cookbooks, genealogies and every other book imaginable. The only difference between general binding and fine binding is the cost of the materials used and perhaps a lesser amount of decoration. General binding can still be elegant in appearance.
We of course do paper restoration in books when it is called for, but we also restore other documents; such as maps. certificates of all sorts, Civil war discharge and citizenship papers. We can even replace missing portions of paper documents. When paper is too fragile to restore, we can encapsulate it in non-acidic Mylar-D.
Theses and dissertation are all side sewn with strong nylon thread. The bindings are in either imitation leather or buckram, according to the customers taste. Our standard format is, up to three lines of title on the front plus the author's name and the year. On the spine is the degree for which the paper was submitted, as much of the author's name as will fit, and the year. Extra lettering can be done for an additional charge.
Magazines are bound using extra heavy duty materials. Due to the weight of most magazine paper they tend to be quite heavy. Regular or medium duty materials will not hold up under years of use. If the customer wishes to have the title of his bound volumes in the same type style as is it appears on the magazine cover, this service is available at a one time only extra charge.
We can make albums to suit any customer in just about any material to suit any purpose.
Our albums can be loose leaf or permanent bound. We can make any size you wish from one that would fit in the palm of your hand to one that could hold lifesize photographs. If you prefer padded covers, we can do that also. We can provide everything but the photos.
Most scrapbooks fall apart after a few years. Not so with ours. Many scrapbooks represent a lifetime of memorabilia. We make scapbooks to last a lifetime. Not only are they sturdy, but they're beautiful. We can design a scrapbook for you that will suit your personality. Your scrapbook will be just as unique.
If you are looking to have your genealogy bound or published, you have come to the right place. We can bind a single copy of your genealogy in any format or material you wish. We can make multiple copies for you, or bind ones you furnish. We can even publish your genealogy by the hundreds or even thousands through our affiliate and partner Gray Goose Books. If your family has an existing genealogy that you would like to re-publish, we can produce the finest quality printing and binding in either hardback or paperback volumes in as small a quantity as 250 copies. We provide all publishing services from proof reading to total production.
At Craft Bookbinding, we provide fine edition binding in
cloth or genuine leather. If you like the look of hand marbled
paper; we often use marbled end-papers or marble paper on the
covers of books in combination with fine cloth or leather. We
have a tremendous variety of text papers and cover materials
to choose from. We are sure that you will be more than pleased
with the edition we produce for you.
As an example of the quality level of our edition binding; we provided both the printing and binding of approximately three leather bound editions per year, for a period of eleven years for actor/ comedian, Robin Williams.
Would you like a journal that is truly unique? One that no one else has? No problem. Would you like it bound in ostrich, llama, python, African frog, stingray, or kangaroo? Maybe you like just good old fashion cowhide. Again, no problem. We have bound journals and other books in every imaginable material. For example French silk, pillow ticking, or even "hair-on" calfskin. Whether plain or magnificent, we can make a journal that truly says it's yours.
No matter what you have to put in it, we can make a box for it. we make a great variety of boxes to hold books, papers, and objects. We can cover them in anything you like and make them as elegant or plain as you like.
Do you want a box that looks like the book it has inside it? How about a box to hold a set of French dueling pistols. Let us know what you want and we'll make it.