Paul A. McClintock is an artist from Whidbey Island, Washington, who specializes in the craft of 18th-Century reproduction bookbinding. Growing up in a household of talented artisans, he learned many traditional 18th-Century disciplines from his parents—his father, a gunsmith, and his mother, a hearth cook. As a family they were involved in living history events throughout the Midwest.
For a time, McClintock served as an interpreter at the historic Daniel Boone Home in Defiance, Missouri, leading tours and demonstrations about the daily life of the Boone family.
A profound love of old books led McClintock to his current passion of bookbinding. His hand-made journals, sketchbooks, and ledgers can be found in museums, historical sites, and personal collections of many notable living history interpreters. He has been a featured demonstrator at the Colonial American Experience held at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and has participated in the 18th-Century Colonial Market and Fair held at George Washington’ Mount Vernon Estate, Maryland’s Historic Fort Frederick Market Fair, and the Simple Treasures Show of Historic Walker Homestead in Massachusetts.
Artists appearing in the 20201 Directory of Traditional American Crafts have been selected, and the best of their handiwork has been photographed at Cedar Grove, an 18th Century house museum operated by the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Look for the Directory in our August 2021 issue.
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