By Sheila Degener
The 4 hour book repair class taught by Anya Kean was excellent. She covered the history of bindings, the different types of bindings, how to clean books as well as book block repair.
Her class was full of tips. For example, if your book has bed bugs, don’t use toxic sprays instead put it in the oven for 2 to 3 hours at 120 degrees. If the pages are dirty, use absorene and when one side of the sponge is dirty, just cut it off. You can also clean pages with a professional drafting dry cleaning pad. She recommended using alcohol if someone wrote on a book with a sharpie. Lighter fluid will absorb the adhesive off the tape and then you can easily take it off. If you have glue residue on a book, use sandpaper. To dry a book, put it in front of a fan to dry it out completely.
When covering a book, she recommended a very durable KAPCO cover on the book and using hinge tape in the inside to keep the book together. Finally she showed people how to make wheat paste out of zen shofu and water. Once done, she added the home made wheat paste to Kozo to repair tears in books.
One of the simplest tips she gave was the bent page tip where you put a touch of water on the bent page and just watch it unbend it self as the fibers expand.
Over all, an excellent class, full of tips for those who need to repair books. From shishkabob sticks to an Opla box cutter - I now have a shopping list of items I need to purchase to try out my new book repair skills.