We’ve all binged on restoration videos at some point. It’s particularly pleasing and soothing to see old objects masterfully brought back to life by skilled craftsmen. Here’s another one on the series, this time watching a master Japanese restorer working his magic on a very old dictionary.

First, the master restorer carefully goes page by page, unbending crooked page corners, and flattening them with a clothes iron. Given that this is a 1000-page book, one could assume the process was neither short nor easy.

Once the pages have been straightened and flattened, the overly-worn edges of the pages are cut-off. Finally, they are hosted in a new (intact) cover, and the book dictionary becomes usable once again.

I a world where Google Translate is potent enough to get you through most foreign countries without speaking the language, having a classic dictionary restored is a work of art.