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A patient trade

"A patient trade" Continued...

Issue: "2011 Daniel of the Year," Dec. 17, 2011

While her teachers taught her about pricing, contracts, taxes, and working with clients, the learning curve is steep: "I spent my time learning hand skills. ... These are all things I'm learning for the first time."

The love of books as objects, and the creativity involved in designing new bindings, motivates Smick. She's found clients who share that love: "When people have a book they care about, they will invest money into that book. ... People are being more thoughtful about their money, and thinking about heirlooms and things that matter to them, and how they can keep them and make them last."

Susan Olasky
Susan Olasky

Susan pens book reviews and other articles for WORLD as a senior writer and has authored eight historical novels for children. Susan and her husband Marvin live in Asheville, N.C. Follow Susan on Twitter @susanolasky.

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