NBSS - Binding Obsession

Acme Bookbinding and Harcourt Bindery

On Friday, our class had the privilege of touring Acme Bookbinding (and the connected Harcourt Bindery). Acme is a family business based in Charlestown, MA, and it’s an impressive operation (you can read about the company’s history here). The president, Paul Parisi, took two hours out of his busy day to show us around, and it was […]

Learning about paper repair

Friday the 17th was the first session of my Collection Maintenance class, taught by Donia Conn and held at the North Bennet Street School. It was a lot of fun. The format of the class is half lecture/half hands-on learning. This week’s focus, after the introduction, was paper, and after spending the morning learning about how […]

Two semesters down

Life was pretty crazy last month, between work, classes, and moving into a new apartment. The move happened right around the end of the semester, which was stressful to say the least. Luckily, I was only taking two classes this semester (although one of them, a cataloging course, was extremely time consuming); I’m not sure […]

Bookbinding Books


I’ve been a great admirer of the bookbinding program at the North Bennet Street School for quite a while now. Unfortunately, reason forces me to accept the fact that I will most likely never be able to afford it. In light of this, I’m taken steps toward teaching myself some of the basics, for both […]