BOULDER JUNCTION - Hand sewing and stitching seems outdated, and in the era of Kindles and Nooks, hand book binding seems absolutely ancient, but one local book binder wants to keep it around.
Boulder Junction's library had a special presentation today as part of their monthly Neighbor to Neighbor program. People got to learn about the art of book-binding by hand.
"What we do is one off work, on the bench, by hand. Pretty much the way it's been done since the 15th century," says Florian Bieschke, the owner of Atelier Bindery in Arbor Vitae.
Florian Bieschke taught the class. He first learned the art years ago.
"It started for me with an apprenticeship in Chicago in Studio 22 which is a fine arts graphics house. And as their apprentice, I could take all the classes that I wanted to for free. One of the classes was book binding," said Florian Bieschke.
Bieschke ran a bindery in Indiana for several years. He then decided to open up shop in Arbor Vitae. And believe it or not, people still want hand bound books.
"Collectors and people who have a family heirloom. A family bible with family history pages where there's hand entries. Who was born, when they died, who married who," says Florian Bieschke.
Bieschke's shop also binds books from very old hand written paper because the paper would rip with a machine process. The shop offers classes to the public to learn the art as well.
RHINELANDER - Looking back on his 28 years as airport director, Joe Brauer says he has a lot to be proud of.
"When we got the disabled passenger lift, the non-motorized one, we were very, very proud of that," said Brauer, who's worked as the airport director for 28 years. He's also been in the airline business for 20 years.
Now, the longtime Rhinelander-Oneida County Airport director will be passing things off to a familiar face.
MADISON - The Wisconsin Senate has unanimously approved an $80 million juvenile justice overhaul plan that would close the troubled Lincoln Hills prison by 2021 and replace it with smaller regional facilities.
The Senate voted without any debate Tuesday to pass the plan, which largely mirrors what the Assembly unanimously approved last month.
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