On Boxing

I wrote up a brief description of creating a custom enclosure for a difficult document over at Erin Fletcher’s Flash of the Hand blog. Hopefully it will give folks some ideas for tackling their own enclosures.

Patent-of-Nobility 1816

Pictish Man

De Bry’s Picts

I saw these hand colored engravings by Theodor de Bry (1528–1598) in our Rare Books and Manuscripts library the other day and I thought they were just too good not to share. De Bry was a Flemish designer, engraver, printmaker, and publisher, who fled to Strasbourg to escape religious persecution at the hands of Spanish Catholics. Around 1586 he moved again, to England, where he was exposed to stories and artistic depictions of European explorations of the New World.

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How We Say “Thank You” at UIUC

Following the colloquium last November, Cher Schneider and I made some custom “thank you” cards for the speakers using the topics of their talks.

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Adhesives in Library and Archives: A Colloquium Review

The first Biennial Conservation Colloquium was held at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in early November 2014. Four conservators traveled to Urbana from the UK and across the country to speak about their research or practical experiences with various adhesives in library and archives conservation. Thanks to generous funding from the UIUC Library and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the day-long event was free to 50 attendees.  This review will attempt to summarize the major points of each talk and hopefully encourage others working in the field to visit us for the next event.

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Domain Changes

Another year, another set of hosting decisions! Everything is getting overhauled. You’ll notice the the recent theme change and I’ve decided to abandon my other hosted website and just stick to this WordPress platform for the next year. My domain name (henryhebert.net) is currently linked to this account, but it will become the primary domain soon.

I know things have been very quiet here lately, but I’m currently working on a set of three posts for the Conservation Conversations series on Erin Fletcher’s blog. The first will drop in the middle of next month. In the meantime (and just in time for Halloween!), please enjoy this this wonderful 16th century costume. Just grab a buddy and saw apart a table and you too can put your head on a platter!

Reginald Scot's The Discoverie of Witchcraft, 1584

Reginald Scot’s The Discoverie of Witchcraft, 1584


Not much… but it’s something.

My work with the Guild of Book Workers website has kept me pretty busy for the last year, so I haven’t had much time to think about blogging. During my trip this May to San Francisco for AIC, however, I wrote up a summary of Lieve Watteeuw’s talk during one of the BPG sessions. She shared some pretty amazing technology developed by the Reflectance Imaging for Cultural Heritage project. You can read that post here.


View from Alcatraz Island


Interview on Bookbinding Now

Interview on Bookbinding Now

If you have not been listening to Susan Mills’ Bookbinding Now podcast, you should should go ahead and subscribe. Every other Wednesday, Susan posts an interview with a practitioner of some type of book work. Book artists, conservators, printers, calligraphers, bookbinders – there is something for everyone. While we are on the subject of podcasts: I also really enjoy Steve Miller’s Book Artists and Poets.

In early December, I was interviewed for Susan’s podcast by my former classmate Erin Fletcher. If you would like to hear me babble about books and conservation for half an hour, you should head over to the site and check it out… then stay and listen to Susan’s interviews with more talented and interesting folk:)