by Roger Williams Making is a vital part of conservation education. It’s a fairly obvious fact that it is much easier to know how to fix something if you know how to make it in the first place. With that in mind, binding is emphasized as a significant part of our education in the books … Continue reading
By Noah Smutz While studying to be a book conservator we mostly work with organic materials. But sometimes we work with metal—mainly if we are making tools. Our first project of the year at West Dean was to make a paring knife. These knives are designed to remove most of the thickness of a piece … Continue reading
By Su Fullwood, Project Curator West Dean has begun a project this January sourcing challenging and unique items for the students in the Books and Library Materials Department. As part of this we are to work on a fragment of Jane Austen’s handwriting pasted into a first edition copy of The Memoirs of Jane Austen … Continue reading
There’s an article about Joe’s table in the current issue of Furniture & Cabinetmaking Magazine!
By Franciszek de Sage I was making this chest during last year’s course and even though I am a furniture conservation student, it was still a useful exercise, as it required not only contemporary but also traditional craft techniques. Proportions of the chest were taken from the 18th century silver chest but selection of the … Continue reading
Dear readers. It’s been a very long time since my last post. Since graduating from West Dean, I am now a self-employed horological conservator in Seattle, Washington and have my own blog called The Automata Cabinet where I catalogue my many ventures in the world of horology. Abby has asked me back to share with you … Continue reading
Dear readers, We’ve had a good year at the blog, with a lot of new followers and almost 100 total posts now about all different types of object conservation & making courtesy of the students at West Dean. Is there anything you want to know, or hear more about? Any burning questions about what to … Continue reading