I first became interested in bookbinding many years ago when my children were quite small and slightly more destructive and artistic with their board books than I cared to see. Many amateur, yet creative, attempts at repairs were made on my part. Sadly, my attempts were underappreciated by small children who were busily developing fine motor skills. My children have since grown past board books and children's books, and I still have quite a few of those well-used books. My skills have also grown.
A few years back, I was fortunate to meet with an actual, real bookbinder/book conservator! He became a generous and patient mentor. I've moved from experience to experience in the wide and detailed world of bookbinding and have loved the learning process. I find it incredibly fulfilling. One of the beautiful things about bookbinding is that there is always still so much to learn, always improvement to work toward. Centuries of bookbinding knowledge in various cultures across the globe provides for experience after experience.
I look forward to continually learning and putting into practice all I can. My children currently being far more appreciative of my bookbinding skills is just an added bonus.