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Local craftsman seemed bound to restore books

Mark Andersson has always loved to make and fix things, but when a church in Boston asked him to repair some books in its archives, he couldn't sleep.

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The look of the book draws book binder's expertise

The look of the book draws book binder's expertise

Andersson displays an artifact that was included in an old Bible he is repairing in his studio. "I think everyone wants to do work that matters," he says.

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The look of the book draws book binder's expertise

The look of the book draws book binder's expertise

Book binder Mark Andersson lays out cover parts onto fabric that will be made into a drop-spine box in his studio, Panther Peak Bindery. Andersson binds books by hand and specializes in albums, journals, gifts and portfolios. He's devoted to preserving history and culture.

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The look of the book draws book binder's expertise

The look of the book draws book binder's expertise

Andersson applies Japanese paper to the edge of a page. The Japanese paper he uses is often from villages where families have been making it for centuries.

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The look of the book draws book binder's expertise

The look of the book draws book binder's expertise

Pages from an old Bible are re-edged with Japanese paper. Andersson says books such as this Bible are of sentimental value because of the personalized information written in them.

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The look of the book draws book binder's expertise

The look of the book draws book binder's expertise

These are some of the brushes Andersson uses in his work. "For a while he was famous among his friends for having the most meticulously set up toolbox," says his wife, Diane Hanover.

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The look of the book draws book binder's expertise

The look of the book draws book binder's expertise

Mark Andersson has always loved to make and fix things, but when a church in Boston asked him to repair some books in its archives, he couldn't sleep.

March 28, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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