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Former monk finds new calling as bookbinder in Ellensburg

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ELLENSBURG — When Joseph Ramsey was a young monk, he kept accidentally ripping the pages of books in the monastery’s library. Nothing too severe, but enough damage to involve the abbot.

“When you are a monk and you break something, you have to go to the abbot and prior and do penance,” Ramsey noted. “He said, ‘For your penance, you’re going to fix books.’

“Monks have a lot of books.”

Thus began his journey in hand bookbinding and book restoration,…

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