About

Robert Gosper-Espinosa is a Santa Fe, New Mexico based master craftsman and woodworker who builds furniture, built-in cabinetry, sculpture, and provides furniture maintenance and restoration services for a select group of clients.

Robert is an internationally known expert in the conservation of cultural artifacts. He began his career as book conservator, training initially at the Center for Book  Arts under Richard Minsky in New York City,  where he was a founding member of the CBA in 1974. After several years of working as hand bookbinder serving book dealers and private collectors in New York City, he joined the staff of the Conservation Division of the Library of Congress (1978) where he worked as a rare book conservator and worked on such notable collections as the Jefferson Library and the Rosenwald Collection.

He was recruited to Brigham Young University’s Harold B. Lee Library as Library Conservator  in 1982 and there established one of the nation’s top conservation programs for rare books and manuscripts.  He was active as both a conservator and a leader of the book conservation profession, serving on the board of the Book and Paper Group of the American Institute for Conservation for many years, including twelve years as the Compiler & Managing Editor of the Book and Paper Group Annual (1986-98), and eight years as an Associate Editor for the Journal of the American Institute for Conservation (1990-98). He published many articles on book conservation practice and technique, most notably “Specifications for a Hard Board, Supported, Laced Construction Binding for the Conservation of Rare Books” in Bibliogia 14: Elementa ad librorum studia pertinentia. Roger Powell: The Compleat Binder (Brepols, 1996) ; and “The Limp Vellum Binding: A Modification,” in The New Bookbinder (Vol 13, 1993).

Besides serving as Conservator and Preservation Librarian at the Harold B. Lee Library, he also served as the first Digital Projects Librarian for Special Collections, where he was responsible for the development and coordination of digital projects, including acting as Project Manager for the Library of Congress’ American Memory Project: Trails to Utah and the Pacific: Diaries and Letters, 1846-1869. (http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/award99/upbhtml/overhome.html).

In 2002 Robert left BYU and completed a two year AAS degree in Cabinetry and Architectural Millwork at Utah Valley University. He started his own business in fine woodworking, Gosper Espinosa Studios and in 2006 moved to Santa Fe, NM, specializing in the care, conservation and construction of fine woodwork. He has attended summer workshops at the College of the Redwoods Fine Woodworking Program in Ft. Bragg, CA (2004, 2005, 2008) and classes in the Fine Woodworking  Program of Santa Fe Community College. Robert brings a wealth of conservation technique to fine woodworking, characterized by exceptional attention to detail, sensitivity to materials, a high level of craftsmanship and the ability to solve complex three dimensional problems.