The Use of Parchment to Reinforce Split Wooden Bookboards

I was quite pleased to receive the new Journal of the Institute of Conservation, Vol. 33, No. 1, 2010, since Alexis Hagadorn and I have an article included in it titled “The use of parchment to reinforce split wooden bookboards, with preliminary observations into the effects of RH cycling on these repairs”

Here is the abstract:

Split wooden boards are a common problem in early book bindings, and treatment can be complicated by the need to disturb original components as little as possible. A technique used to reinforce or rejoin fully or partially split wooden boards using parchment has been evaluated. A reinforcing parchment strip has sometimes been employed to treat cracks in wooden musical instruments and examples of reinforcing strip repairs to wooden bookboards have also been observed. The books considered in this article presented an opportunity to use this technique and make observations about its merits. With favourable results but some questions, the authors undertook a systematic study of this method, considering and comparing several options for re-joining split wooden boards. Samples of some common repair techniques were made and subjected to relative humidity cycling to compare how each method might withstand extreme RH fluctuations at a constant temperature. The response of reinforcing strip repairs to RH changes showed a negative impact on join adhesion within the sample group, which may indicate that modifications are necessary to improve this technique. When re-examined after three years, the treated boards were intact and stable.”

It took over four years from the start of the project until the revised manuscript was accepted for publication, but it is gratifying to see the results of our research, and images of a couple of my treatments in a peer reviewed journal.  Unfortunately, the journal is not available online yet, although I have heard it is in the works.  And if you are not a member of ICON, this single issue costs, gulp, $228.oo!


4 thoughts on “The Use of Parchment to Reinforce Split Wooden Bookboards

  1. Mike Atha

    Wow…congratulations! Unfortunately, that’s a little on the spendy side for me! Can you as the author, distribute the full text of your article without infringing on ICON’s copyright? I’d love to read the full text if it was available. Thanks again for hosting a great blog…

    -M

  2. Jeff Peachey Post author

    Thanks. The first thing you do, after getting an article accepted into an academic journal, is sign away your copyright. I would HIGHLY recommend that you become a member of ICON- about $140 a year, 2 journals each year, newsletters, etc….

  3. Peter Verheyen

    Well, you could distribute a final draft… At least that’s what our institutional repository gurus say and are telling to faculty across campus. Wait a few months though. ;-)

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