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Welcome


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Welcome


 

Located inside The Buttercup Market & Cafe in Missoula, Montana, Audra Loyal offers a wide range of book and paper conservation services. From cookbooks to rare first editions, she will consult with you on how best to restore, repair, and maintain the integrity of your treasured items.

 

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Preserve


A little bit of effort goes a long way towards preserving our cultural heritage for future generations.

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Preserve


A little bit of effort goes a long way towards preserving our cultural heritage for future generations.

With over 10 years in the preservation profession, Audra started her preservation training at UC Davis. She worked for over 7 years at the University of Montana, Mansfield Library Preservation Department, and got her MLIS from the University of Washington. She is a member of the American Institute for Conservation, and has been operating The Vespiary since 2008, serving individuals, libraries, archives, museums, historical societies and more.

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Gallery


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Gallery


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What is a Vespiary?


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What is a Vespiary?


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apiary - [1654, from L. apiarium, neut. of apiarius “of bees,” from apis “bee,” a mystery word unrelated to any similar words in other I.E. languages.]

vespiary - [1817, irreg. f. L. vesp-a wasp, after apiary. Cf. med.L. vesparium.] A wasps’ nest

The word vespiary is related to the now-irregular word apiary, meaning beehive. My first studio was infested with wasps and yellowjackets. Not really the best working conditions, but as a former beekeeper, I wasn’t too alarmed. After all, we’re artisans that share 2 similar mediums: paper and mud (I’m a potter, too).