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Re: Repair <- vs -> conserve
- To: BOOK_ARTS-L@LISTSERV.SYR.EDU
- Subject: Re: Repair <- vs -> conserve
- From: Denis Gouey <bbliopeg@MAIL1.NAI.NET>
- Date: Tue, 29 Apr 1997 18:32:02 -0400
- Message-Id: <199704292226.PAA19084@SUL-Server-2.Stanford.EDU>
- Sender: "The Book Arts: binding, typography, collecting" <BOOK_ARTS-L@LISTSERV.SYR.EDU>
I am quite upset to see our private correspondence posted to the list, I
answered an email sent to me at my address.I answered you privatly, at
your private address, not to the list. I think that you are out of line
to post it to the public eye. On a different list this behavior would be
dealt with an unconditional exclusion. As furious as I am about your
breach of etiquette, I will take the opportunity to raise the ethical
question of institution conservators moonlighting and of governement
sponsored institutions like New England Conservation Center courting
potential private clients.
Peter D. Verheyen wrote:
I agree, in-principle, with your statement about the hourly rate,
find it hard, if not impossible to charge as much as you quote. On
other hand, I might well have to AND keep the shop full.
If one can afford to be that choosey, I'm envious as hell. The type
being done also needs to justify the expense. For the average,
non-bibliophile, who isn't in the know, forget it. There will always
those who know what things cost and has the desire and ability to
"right" price. While it's important to educate the consumer about
materials, techniques... ultimately don't we have to be able to give
what they want, right. We always have the option of turning the job
but not everyone (realistically) has that option.
In quoting one often don't know what's up until you start, and there
always surprises. A job might take more or less time than quoted.
Unfortunately as in salaries, rates are often connected to the cost
living, i.e. NYC is much more expensive than Syracuse, NY.
should definitely count in pricing as well. Again, you get what you
I'd really like to have some other weigh in here. Those of you know
mean, the conservators, edition binders, ... What about the
perspective, any dealers, publishers want to chime in...
>Peter D. Verheyen wrote:
> So what do you charge for the same job. I guess it also depends
> you are, but this is just based on what was charged when I was
> working in
> Chicago, and from information passed on by others. Your breakdown
> brings up
> some interesting things though.
> Turns out the average price I charge for a full leather is about
>same as you. The time spent on it is about 3 hours. I like my
>rate to be $100. Unfortunatly it does not seem that I am
>making that...Murphy's law.
>To conduct business seriously and have an adequate standard of
>person in our business in private practice should charge $125 to
>hour, no matter where you live.Not easy.
>Denis Gouey Bookbinding Studio
>PO Box 383 Norfolk CT, 06058
>860 542 5063
Bucheinbandkunst ist Architektur in kleinstem Massstab
Peter Verheyen, Conservation Librarian
Syracuse University Library
Syracuse, NY 13244
Denis Gouey Bookbinding Studio
PO Box 383 Norfolk CT, 06058
860 542 5063