JILL DEISS, BOOKBINDER, is the founder of Cat Tail Run Hand Bookbinding. She studied bookbinding and restoration first in Northampton, Massachusetts, then at Cornell University's Department of Library Conservation, and in the Smithsonian Institution's Conservation Laboratories. Mrs. Deiss holds a B.S. in Chemistry and received a Master of Library Science degree from Syracuse University where she specialized in the study of archives and rare book collections.
DEE EVETTS, BOOKBINDER, specializes in making new bindings --single copies through small editions--and protective boxes as well as contributing to restoration projects. Mr. Evetts was born in England and read English Literature at Cambridge University, later becoming a student and teacher of oriental languages. He has 25 years experience as a cabinetmaker and designer. Mr. Evetts has three published books of poetry: A Small Ceremony (From Here Press, 1988), endgrain (Red Moon Press, 1997), and Home after Dark (Kings Road Press, 2002) and is a former secretary of the Haiku Society of America.
SUSAN MCCABE, BOOKBINDER, is in charge of preparing book texts either for new bindings or for the cover restoration process. Her specialties include the resewing of book texts, working silk sewn endbanding, and corner repair. She brings a special flair to the development of unique techniques for meeting the special requirements often seen in the course of hand bookbinding work. With a special interest in genealogy and genealogical research, Ms. McCabe takes particular interest in the protection of the family record information within the pages of the many family Bibles restored at Cat Tail Run. Ms. McCabe keeps an active schedule of lecturing on genealogy and teaches periodic mini-courses in genealogical research. She has abstracted historical records for published genealogical research aides for the Shenandoah Valley area including Freedom by Deed (an abstract of slave emancipations from deed records), and an Index to Burials in Frederick County, Virginia, and other cemetery projects. Ms. McCabe is a charter member and a past president of the Shenandoah Valley Genealogical Society.
ANNA BARNES, BOOKBINDER, works as a bookbinder for Cat Tail Run Hand Bookbinding. She graduated from Grove City College in 2013 with a bachelor’s degree in English and a minor in studio art. Now back at the bindery, she primarily restores the covers of leather- and cloth-bound books, but she also makes clamshell boxes and enjoys coming up with occasional creative variations of the box designs. Outside the bindery, she continues her artwork and is exploring the field of printmaking, currently focusing on relief printing with linocuts and woodcuts.