Eugene Stahnke still enjoys bookbinding after 66 year of practicing the trade
Eugene Stahnke is one of the last of his kind.
He was a bookbinder at West Publishing for more than 40 years –- and 26 years in into retirement is still practicing the trade.
“I have a protégé who worked with me at West Publishing. He’s trying to get into the act a little bit. He may get some of my stuff, because none of my kids want it,” Stahnke says of a possible successor.
Are there any young people learning the trade?
“I doubt it,” he says.