CONSERVATION - RESTORATION
AND ITS COST
Simplicity of Hourly
The simplicity of charging work strictly by time spent vs charging by folio size or subject matter is easier for the client and myself. I concentrate on the work that I am providing for any said subject equally.
In example, I do not charge by the amount of tears or loss, as the initial amount of time in preparing to repair one tear generally can take 15 min to 30 min to complete. Now once I start repairing the tear, repairing additional tears on a said folio is nominal. as I have already prepared for the job at hand, so repairing additional tears now comes down to time. In example, repairing a typical folio of normal card-stock thickness (small and mediums), with multiple tears and a corner loss and a hole or two, generally takes 30 to 45 min to complete from start to finish.
In the above example, if the job is to conserve the piece and just use non color match pulp for the repair, then that will take less time to prep and lay. If its color-matching, then more time will be needed for preparation and my expertise in tear and loss repair.
This methodology is the same across the board for all services I provide. I try to average the cost by time.
Now Lets talk about large folios. Yes, it does cost more to work on large folios. Why? Well they are big, they demand a lot of room and more time to complete. More paper pulp is required to prepare for the work and more time is needed when laying the repairs, as in the thickness of the paper will require more time and pulp to fill.
But that does not mean it has to be expensive. The same principle applies when approaching a large folio for repair like I discussed in the above example concerning the small and medium folios. If there are multiple tears and loss, then once started on the one tear, the remainder of the tears only require a little more time to repair.
This saves money for my clients vs being charge by the length of tears or location of tears. Which does not matter to me. Not even if it is torn in half, going right through the image. As in the example on the home page of "The Awful Conflagration of the Steam Boat Lexington", by Kellogg.
Because, I can rebuild that image!
Wayne C. Osterholm