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Re: [BKARTS] AIC stuff

About conservators who think repairs should be obvious, as opposed
to hidden:

My experience and opinion is that a proper restoration would leave
the book with a repair that IS NOT obvious, but the documentation
that went with it would fully disclose exactly what was done.  The
conservators, for the most part, that are of the "all repairs
obvious" school simply do not have the craft and finesse to make the
proper repairs.  It's easy to justify shoddy work with the refrain
"all repairs should be obvious".  I would challenge them to show me
that they could, if they wished, to produce work that would need
documentation to discern the work done.

When I was in the AIC, and exposed to the institutional venue I too
frequently saw work that I would personally never let leave my shop
with my name connected to.

But let's not be naive. A knowledgable collector, curator or dealer
can easily see the difference between good work and bad work.

----- Original Message -----
From: Edward Stansell <CraftBook@xxxxxxx>
Date:         Mon, 15 Sep 2003 08:50:57 EDT
To: BOOK_ARTS-L@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject:      Re: [BKARTS] AIC stuff

> Bruce,
> Like you, I appose certification. There have been times, however, when I
> thought it a good idea. There are "bookbinder/conservators" in my area who's work
> borders on nasty. Yet, they continue to get customers because the public
> doesn't know any better. I used to think that certification would eliminate this
> fly in the ointment. However, I now believe "well enough" should be left alone.
> Especially since we would be out of the frying pan and into the fire with the
> AIC doing the certifying. Some conservator/restorers believe that every repair
> should be obvious. Doubtless, those of that persuasion would not find the
> work of restorers who hide repairs, to be acceptible; and vice-versa for that
> matter.
> Even if we attribute the highest of motives to the AIC, in their desire to
> certify; that being to assure the best people are doing the work, are they
> really able to do that? The result of a mistake in certification would either be a
> less than capable craftsmen doing the work, or the ruination of a fine
> craftsman who is passed over through the misguided efforts of a certfying body. In
> the absence of a craft guild, I think it best to leave things as they are. The
> bookbinding craft is not that healthy. I think certification would kill it.
> Regards,
> Ed Stansell
> http://www.bookrestoration.net

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