Last month, the Conservation Department welcomed Don Rash for a leather conservation workshop. Rash is an esteemed fine binder and book artist who works out of Wyoming, PA.
Many of the library's collections contain leather-bound volumes in various states of disrepair. Some common examples are loose or detached covers and spines and red rot. Over the course of two days, Don shared with us a variety of treatment options for leather-bound books, conservation techniques, information about materials, and the history of many leather bindings. Here are a handful of photos from the workshop - only a portion of topics covered in the workshop!