Current Events/Workshops

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Patination Workshop
Instructor: Andrew Baxter, Conservator,
August 3-4, 2018
North Carolina Museum of Art
2110 Blue Ridge Road, Raleigh, NC 27607

Course full, accepting wait list applications only at this time

Andrew Baxter, metal and stone sculpture conservator and President of Bronze et al, Ltd, will be teaching a day and a half workshop on the use of patination in conservation treatments.  He will begin with a lecture demonstrating the wide range of patina options and processes available.  This will be followed by instructor demonstrations highlighting the mastery of heat applied patinas for creating specific controlled color changes:

  • The use of copper nitrate and ferric nitrate in solution will be demonstrated, and the darkening effect of dilute copper nitrate tinted with carbon black dry pigment to yield a palette of many colors from a traditional statuary brown to a mottled bright green.
  • Tinting these weak acid solutions with dry pigments such as Pthalo green and Prussian blue to open a dynamic range of color choices.  Marbelizing, Tiffany style patinas and dry brush burnishing may also be demonstrated.
  • Cold process formulas which create more random changeable patinas, different in character than heat applied patinas.
  • Solvent dyes with lacquer, bronze coatings and patinas on non-metal surfaces will be the final demos.

The workshop will also highlight the current Rodin repatination project, examples of relevant patinas in the NCMA collection, and hands on patina application by the participants.

The workshop is open to all participants however preference will be given to SERCA members. Lunch will be provided on the first day of the workshop.

Current, new and renewing SERCA members will be allowed early registration until June 15th for $140.  Non-SERCA members may register for the course after June 15th at the cost of $170.  If you wish to join or renew a SERCA membership, the annual fee is $25 and can be paid at time of registration. To register please fill out the form linked below. Payment is due at time of registration and can be submitted by credit card through the PayPal link below, or by mailing a check payable to SERCA to:

Kirsten Wehner, SERCA Treasurer
Woodruff Library, Preservation Office, #127
Emory University 540 Asbury Circle
Atlanta, GA 30322

If you have any questions about the workshop or registration, please contact Corey Riley at

Course full, accepting wait list applications only at this time

The course is currently at maximum capacity. Please fill out the registration form if you would like to be added to the wait list in case someone must drop out. We will be in contact if a space opens up.

Patination Workshop Registration form







The Conservation of Leather Bookbindings
Emory University—Atlanta, Georgia
November 5-9, 2018

Sponsored by the Southeast Regional Conservation Association (SERCA), this week-long intensive workshop will introduce students to a wide variety of current techniques used to conserve leather bookbindings. Bookbinders, technicians, and conservators who wish to learn, expand, or refresh their treatment skills are all welcome. Previous bookbinding or conservation experience is required.

Detached boards are the most common area that leather bookbindings fail, and all five primary methods of treating this will be taught: mechanical sewing extensions and tacketing, inner hinge repairs, interior-board repairs (both splitting and slotting), outer joint repairs, and several styles of rebacking. Many treatments involve a combination of these techniques. Questions concerning methods of consolidating older leather, the archival qualities of modern leather, and leather dyes will be discussed. A variety of methods to pare, consolidate, and lift leather will be introduced. Since a sharp knife is crucial to success in any leather work, sharpening will also be taught.

Students should bring six to eight non-valuable leather bound books to treat. Participants will be taught how to pare leather with a knife, use a board slotting machine, a modified 151 spokeshave, a variety of lifting knives and tools, and a double edge razor blade paring machine. There will be individual consultations with students before the workshop to discuss treatment goals for their chosen books and determine if extra materials or tools might be required. Decision-making based upon the actual books will be discussed. The primary goals of this workshop are to equip participants with a more nuanced understanding of the pros and cons of currently practiced leather conservation techniques, gain supervised experience while performing them, and feedback when they are completed. 

Registration is limited. Participant selections will be made by the SERCA Board of Directors via the following order: SERCA members (new or renewing), practicing conservators in the Southeast, and other qualified applicants. Applications are due Friday September 14th, 2018.

To apply, please send your resume and one paragraph stating why this workshop would be useful in your conservation career to:
Kim Norman, Head of Library Conservation at Emory University (

Cost: $900 for existing SERCA members, $925 (including $25.00 SERCA annual membership fee for new and renewing SERCA members. Payment taken after review of applications.

Instructor Bio: Jeffrey S. Peachey is an independent book conservator ( and toolmaker ( based in New York City. For more than 25 years, he has specialized in the conservation of books for institutions and individuals. Jeff is a Professional Associate in the American Institute for Conservation who has taught book conservation workshops internationally. He was recently awarded fellowships to support his current research into 19th century bookbinding from the Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center (Italy) and Rochester Institute of Technology’s Cary Collection (New York). Jeff is Visiting Instructor for the Library and Archives Conservation Education Consortium of Buffalo State University, New York University, and the Winterthur/University of Delaware. His latest publication is “Ausbund 1564: The History and Conservation of an Anabaptist Icon”.