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Species Identification of Animal Skins in Books & Manuscripts

2 July 2019

Throughout history, animal pelts have been used in the production of books and manuscripts. To learn more about how conservators identify the species of animal skins used in the making...


14 January 2019

Nice little video about the craft of making gold leaf by hand in France in the late 60s.

How Lapis Lazuli is Ground and Purified

18 August 2014

Image: For those of you who would like to see how lapis lazuli is ground and purified according to the recipe found in Cennino Cennini’s...

Bookbinding Terms, Materials, Methods and Models

17 July 2013

A PDF version of the booklet on bookbinding included in the Traveling Scriptorium kit is now online. It contains sections on materials of Medieval bookbinding; terminology; Carolingian,...