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Of all of the spaces in the Library’s conservation lab, the “dirty room” is perhaps the most mysterious. In it you will find belt grinders with various grits of sandpaper, diamond stones, large tiles of marble, all manner of abrasive material, and many other esoteric tools that would be at home in fine woodworking shops. “What,” you might ask, “is this odd collection of equipment doing in a conservation lab?” Rest assured that these items aren’t for nefarious purposes but rather for the day-to-day maintenance of our knives.

Continue reading “Knife to the Grindtone,” a new blog post on VERSO from one of our book & paper conservators.