The book press is finished!

Finally, I’ve finished fixing up the book press. You may remember her condition from this post back in January.

Here’s what she looked like then:

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And after much experimenting with WD40, citrus based cleaners, rustoleum, and phosphoric acid, here’s what she looks like today, covered in two coats of clear satin polyurethane:

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Seeds of Contemplation: A Restoration (Part IV)

The following is the fourth in a series of posts. Consider viewing Parts 1, 2, and 3.

 

After rebuilding the spine and cover, printing new title labels, and adding new endsheets, this copy of Thomas Merton’s Seeds of Contemplation can one again be enjoyed by anyone who happens to pull it off the shelf.

Seeds of Contemplation: A Restoration (Part II)

This is the second in a series of posts. For the first post, see Seeds of Contemplation: A Restoration (Part I).

While I could have built a nice clam shell box which would have allowed Seeds of Contemplation to sit comfortably undisturbed on a shelf, this didn’t seem appropriate. Unlike historical preservation work, my primary goal with this project was to make the book accessible again.

After liberating the text block from it’s original cover, I got to the task of building it a new one. This meant setting type and printing new titles.

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Seeds of Contemplation: A Restoration (Part I)

In December of 1983 my dad gave his mom, my grandma Peggy, a copy of the book Seeds of Contemplation, a collection of poems by Thomas Merton. By 2011, this book was in dire need of restoration. Over the next several days, I will be posting on the restoration of this book. To start, here’s a photo of the original cover, after I removed it from the text block.

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For the next post in this series, see Seeds of Contemplation: A Restoration (Part II)