New How-To Video on Mount Making

University Products is adding instructional videos to its www.universityproducts.com website, and the first video is now available. The new series of videos will showcase the company’s line of tools and equipment in operation, as well as demonstrating materials and offering assembly instructions.

The video series are designed to provide customers with an understanding of how tools and equipment are used, and the potential applications for products that will save time and money, and improve collections care.

The debut video highlights the creation of Ethafoam® Cavity Mounts for 3-dimensional objects. This instructional video demonstrates mount making tools including the Ethafoam® Knife/Saw, Benchmark® Foam Knives, and the Quick-Cut Hot Knife in use.  In addition, a variety of mount making materials including Ethafoam, Artifact Wrap, and Polyester Batting are included in the demonstration.

In the video, Ethafoam is cut to size to accommodate a specific object.  A cavity is then created in the Ethafoam using a variety of cutting tools and contour gauge for measuring the depth of the cavity.  Finally, appropriate padding and lining materials are added to create the perfect storage mount.

Future videos will include the use of Fosshape for creating lightweight forms for costume display, the Colibri Book Covering System in use, a demonstration of the University Products’ new Polyester Spot Welder and dozens of others.

We want to make you a star!  Share your video of University Products’ tools or equipment in use in a professional library, archives, or museum setting and you could receive up to $100 in free supplies for your organization.  Email mpfoster@universityproducts.com for details.

Smithsonian Restores the Jefferson Bible

Thomas Jefferson was notorious for staying very busy in his years after leaving the White House. In 1820, our nation’s third president set out to assemble a “personal bible” consisting of passages from the first four books of the New Testament. The result was an 84-page compilation, cut-and-pasted from four bibles, of the teachings that resonated most with Jefferson. The Jefferson Bible, as it’s referred to by historians, was never mass-published, because Jefferson feared that these religious beliefs would be used against him by his political rivals and could have potentially offended religious officials. The book remained in the possession of Jefferson’s family until 1895, when it was purchased by the Smithsonian’s librarian and curator of world religions, Cyrus Adler.

Earlier this year, the Smithsonian took on the task of restoring the book. The project involved deconstructing, and then reconstructing this incredibly rare text. Everything from re-binding to page reconstruction went into this restoration project. Throughout the arduous repair process, the Smithsonian has kept the public up-to-date through blog posts, and later, a very comprehensive and interactive website devoted to the subject.

Many of the same types of materials that the Smithsonian’s staff used during this process can be purchased from University Products. For instance, many of the stubs and pages of the Jefferson Bible had to be repaired using a micro-spatula. Also, the Japanese paper Kozo, which has excellent aging properties, was used in repairing and protecting the leather cover on the book. If your project includes the repair of a rare book, look for University Products’ collection of book arts and conservation materials.

 

Great to see everyone at NEMA!

university products archival company booth at nemaIt was good to see all our neighboring museum professionals at the recent 93rd New England Museum Association annual meeting and conference held in Hartford. Our Ethafoam® cutting and shaping tools drew a great deal of interest from attendees, and they will be pleased to find out that we will soon be adding videos to our website that show these tools in use. Another favorite were the miniature bulk storage boxes we were handing out. They were created on our new custom box machine and were a very popular giveaway.
It was also a pleasure to meet Howayda Affan, the assistant curator at the Armenian Library and Museum of America in Watertown, MA. Ms. Affan was kind enough to stop by our booth to thank University Products for sponsoring a scholarship so that she could attend the conference. She was among the over 800 museum professionals who attended the dozens of panels, workshops, and off-site events.
This is my 20th year exhibiting at the NEMA conference for University Products. It is my final show of the calendar year and always one of my favorites. I’m already looking forward to exhibiting at the NEMA conference next year in Burlington, VT.