About Bob Inge
pencil - before treatment
Bob began his career as a bookbinder in Dallas, TX, having developed a love for old books when, as a child, he had been given an old family Bible. While still in high school, he became an apprentice to Dallas bookbinder, Horace Teddlie. His bookbinding skills lead him to the art of fine binding, and then to book and paper conservation, as opportunities opened up for him to work and train with other respected conservators. He quickly gained experience by working on old and rare books, such as those of the Bridwell Library at Southern Methodist University. In 1979, he became the conservator for the Dallas Public Library, where he had even more opportunity to work on a wide variety of books and paper objects. His duties also included disaster planning for the library, and giving public presentations on conservation to various interest groups.
In 1982, Bob decided to return to private practice, and a move to Colorado began to take shape. He designed his new conservation workshop with the latest in equipment and materials, and eventually discontinued the bookbinding aspect of his business, concentrating on paper conservation alone.
With all of his extensive experience and training, he continues his education in the field of paper conservation by attending workshops, clinics and conferences, knowing that this discipline is an ever evolving science of knowledge and discovery.
Bob has restored and preserved paper objects not only for private individuals and museums, but also the archive collections of several companies including Dr. Pepper/7Up, Nestle/Hill's Bros., Rollins/Orkin, Proctor & Gamble, and primarily The Coca-Cola Co. Linda Inge, Bob's wife, serves as Conservation Assisstant, particularly in the area of restorative in-painting, and together they provide excellent conservations services to their corporate clients, as well as to art dealers, museums, private collectors, and individuals.