Upcoming Workshop(s)

After about 4 years of spending most of my free time working on projects for the Guild of  Book Workers, I’ve passed most of them off to focus on a new area for me: teaching! This Spring I will be teaching two workshops on paper bindings. The first will be at Big River Bindery in April (details below) and the second will be at the Paper & Book Intensive in May.
German Trade Paper Binding with Henry Hebert
Saturday, April 22, 2017
$115 registration plus $25 materials fee
Workshop held at Big River Bindery in Norcross, GA.
This class will provide a brief overview of some popular early case binding styles, with images of historical examples, handouts, and a reading list. Through demonstration and hands-on work, the workshop will cover sewing, endsheet construction, endbands, and spine lining, all while considering how the materials and composition of the binding produce the book action. We will also make decorative paste papers – it should be a lot of fun!
For more information and to register, click here.

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

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