Restoration & Repair focuses on mechanisms causing deterioration in books, documentation, estimating costs, methods for correcting structural problems, assessing books for repair, and repair techniques.

Restoration & Repair was not considered a beginner's course. The workshop required bench experience and previous knowledge of hand bookbinding, including a background of technique and terminology, the properties of paper, bookcloth and leather, textblock sewing, sewn endbands, leather paring, case binding formats, and some knowledge of book structure theory. For example, for Bookbinding 3 is a prerequisite for this workshop in-studio. The in-studio workshop is customized to the participants attending and involves hands-on problem solving. 

The Independent Stream for Restoration & Repair consists of 8 hours of videos in MP4 format and a larger pdf manual. For the purposes of the workshop is offers the videos and an abridged manual that can be downloaded from the Thinkific platform.  The original Home Study workshop included two complimentary videos and handouts. These two videos have significant quality issues with lighting and sound so are not available for download. They are available for six months for viewing on Thinkific so that participants can still get the learning value from the videos. The videos feature Martha Cole (Colour Theory) and Don Etherington (The Use of Japanese Paper in Book Conservation).

CBBAG would like to acknowledge the generous permission of Martha Cole and Don Etherington to use the videos of their presentations.

CBBAG does not recommend attempting to restore or repair a book of any significant value without the advice of a professional book conservator.  This workshop should be considered an introduction to the subject matter and a basis for further study. 


- Documentation and estimating costs
- Causes of deterioration of the book
- External/environmental causes of deterioration
- Internal chemistry of materials
- Internal causes of deterioration
- Basic structures and the introduction to internal mechanical problems
- Categorization of internal mechanical problems and possible solutions


The Home Study Independent Stream workshops are not eligible as prerequisites for in-studio workshops nor towards a CBBAG Certificate of Completion.

CBBAG Home Study materials are copyrighted. In purchasing any Home Study workshop participants must agree to the CBBAG the Home Study Programme Policy and may not duplicate the manuals or videos except for their personal educational use.


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