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Dust Jacket Restoration

April 29, 2022 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm


A 3-Day In-Studio Workshop!

Friday–Sunday, April 29, 30 and May 1st, 10am-2pm

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About this Workshop:

Students will use various paper mending and in-painting techniques to mend and restore a damaged paper dust jacket. Session 1 will focus on the qualities of various adhesives and Asian tissues, humidification and flattening, and various paper mending techniques. Session 2 will continue with fill techniques and work time. Session 3 will be dedicated to color-matching, in-painting, trimming and housing the restored dust jacket in a protective mylar sleeve.

Level: Beginner – no experience necessary

Registration extended to April 20, 2022 Material fees are included with your registration, though a small list of additional items needed to be gathered/purchased will be sent with your confirmation.

Sample process images by Mitch Gundrum


Registration includes a $45 materials fee to cover consumable materials provided in class, including blotter paper, book board, water pens, wheat paste, acrylic paints, mylar sheets, tape, and Asian tissue.  

Students will need to supply additional materials of their own, including:

  • One (or more) paper dust jackets you’d like to work with
  • A Micron pen or fine Sharpie
  • A pair of small (sewing) scissors
  • A notebook for recording color mixtures


Mitch Gundrum has a passion for old books and fully appreciates their significance as not only vessels for beautiful words, but as artifacts in themselves.  An early-career book and paper conservator trained at North Bennet Street School, Mitch is currently working at the National Archives in Washington, DC as a conservation technician. He also offers private book repair, restoration, box-making, and tool-making services via Boundless Books and Writingware.

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