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Local bibliophile brings new life to Old World craft
Randy Metcalf/The Explorer, Mark Andersson flips through an old book, which has pages that have withstood the sands of time. Andersson critiques current bookmaking techniques, warning that some books won't last 50 years.
Randy Metcalf/The Explorer, Historically, book pages were bound with twine, and ribs on book spines had a functional purpose. These days, ribs usually are for purely aesthetic value.
Randy Metcalf/The Explorer, Mark Andersson, owner of Panther Peak Bindery in Picture Rocks, will speak about book preservation during the Oro Valley Public Library's third annual book festival.
Randy Metcalf/The Explorer, Gold leafing tools line the cabinets in Mark Andersson's book repair workshop, located on his property in Picture Rocks. Andersson has made his life’s work restoring books.