OUR BOOKBINDERS

Joel Radcliffe
Mr. Radcliffe began his career in bookbinding in 1975 at University Bookbinding Company, a hand binding shop operated out of the home of Mr. Rodney Oleson in the Wallingford District of Seattle. Although not many years were spent working in the trade at that time, it is here that he caught the binding bug. From 1981-1984 he worked with a bookbinder, Jon Symon, of Acorn Press from Canada, now defunct. After obtaining a mastery certificate, he established his own bindery, ARS OBSCURA  Bookbinding Co. in 1991.

M.H.R.: Assistant Bookbinder
She started her apprenticeship under the tutelage of Mr. Radcliffe in late 1997 and has become the official assistant bookbinder/restorer since 2003. She works behind Joel diligently and known as “our best kept secret”. She has been primarily in charge of restoration since 2006.

Cara StuberIntern
She has been with us since 2016.
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Jessica Rawlings: Intern
She has been with us since 2019.

Chris Blohm: Part-time Intern, IT Specialist
He’s been with us since 2012