Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Bookbinding Brittle Books With Peter Goodwin

Peter Goodwin has been a bookbinder for over 60 years. He is a true master of the old school. No book has defeated him yet! He is one of the last apprenticed craftsmen still in employment.
Born in Leicester, England, he was apprenticed as a lad of 14 to "Boots the Chemist's" bindery in Nottingham where he learnt his trade over seven years.
He remained at Boots for many years until the bindery closed. He repaired books for the famous Boots Library as well as making all the stationery and diaries for the company.
Eventually Peter Goodwin emigrated to New Zealand where he became Bindery Manager for the Auckland City Public Library, a post he held for 14 years.
Now retired, Peter still works three hours a day in his tiny bindery in Auckland restoring family Bibles, minute books and paperbacks, as well as undertaking highly specialized albums for City Councils. When a truly valuable first edition needs restoring Peter Goodwin is one of the first ports of call.(via bibliophilebullpen)

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