Finishing Tools Workshop with Jeff Altepeter

The New England Chapter of the Guild of Book Workers is excited to announce the following workshop with Jeffrey Altepeter.

Making Simple Finishing Tools with Jeffrey Altepeter
June 25 – 26

Workshop Description:

Finishing tools are readily available from P&S Engraving, tool auctions, E-bay and other sources. For traditional design nothing really beats a collection of decorative finishing tools. But making your own tools can offer more immediate control in the design process, the ability to modify as you work, and the ability to do more unique work. Making tools is also gratifying and fun.

This workshop will offer an introduction to the materials, tools and techniques of making your own brass finishing tools for bookbinding. A combination of demonstration, discussion and hands-on practice will prepare students for continued experimentation and more advanced future projects. During the workshop students should be able to complete 3 or more tools—a simple line pallet (an indispensable tool for any collection), a scribe-like tool similar to the “Ascona” tool used for blind tooling curvilinear designs, and at least one decorative tool of either closed or open design (a dot and a circle being very basic examples of closed and open designs).

A material fee of $25 will cover supplied material to make three tools, including handles. Additional tool blanks will be available for sale but you will also get plenty of information about resources for your future projects.

Third Year Studio
369 Congress Street, Floor 6
Boston, MA 02210

June 25 – 26, 2016 (Saturday – Sunday)
9:00am – 4:00pm

$150 – Members
$200 – Non-members

Material Fee: $25 (paid directly to Jeffrey Altepeter at beginning of workshop)

For more information and to register for the class, click the following link:

Pierced Vellum Workshop in New York

Pierced Vellum Workshop
with James Reid Cunningham

This workshop hosted by GBWNY combines a traditional structure with an opportunity for creative play.

DATES: April 15 – 17, 2016
Friday, Saturday and Sunday 10am – 4pm

WHERE: New York University, Bobst Library
Barbara Goldsmith Preservation and Conservation Laboratory
70 Washington Square South – New York, NY 10012

FEE: $425 members / $475 non-members
(includes materials)


This three day class is limited to 8 students.

Vellum stiffboard bindings were common from the 16th to the 19th centuries throughout Europe. This course will explore a hybrid modern structure utilizing historical elements found in early versions of the vellum stiffboard binding, but with flexible joints that create less stress. This binding is sturdy and elegant, takes gold tooling well and is suitable for conservation re-bindings as well as for presentation and design bindings. Using this structure, students will create modern versions of the 17th century pierced vellum binding, with the design created by utilizing a punctured vellum cover revealing decoration on the boards beneath. This course will cover: lap link sewing on vellum tapes; back bead endbands; fabricating and decorating the boards; constructing a stiffboard case; creating a pierced vellum design; and covering in vellum.

Historical examples of pierced vellum bindings can be seen at:

And some of the instructor’s at:

James Reid-Cunningham studied bookbinding with Mark Esser at the North Bennet Street School and received the distinguished alumni award from NBSS in 2006. He spent thirty years as a conservator at Harvard University and the Boston Athenaeum, and served as the President of the Guild of Book Workers from 2006 to 2010. From 2009 to 2013, he was the adjunct lecturer on book conservation in the graduate art conservation department at Buffalo State College. He is a conservator in private practice in Cambridge, MA. His website is

Book Arts Bazaar April 10th

The annual Book Arts Bazaar at the University of Southern Maine will be held this Sunday, April 10, 2016, from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM. Several NEGBW members will have booths at the show. The USM Kate Cheney Chappell ’83 Book Arts Bazaar is a festival with book artists, papermakers, bookbinders, printmakers, educators, writers, and all things related to the book.

The Bazaar is free and open to the public.

Event Date and Time:
Sunday, April 10, 2016, 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM

Wishcamper Center, USM Portland campus, 34 Bedford St.

NEGBW Girl Scout Volunteer Opportunity

We are still seeking a few volunteers to assist in programming for the Book Artist Badge March 26th at Camp Maude Eaton in Andover, MA. We will run a three-hour program for Cadettes in the morning from 9:00am-12:00 and then have a two-hour program for younger girls from 1:00-3:00pm. You can volunteer for just one program or make a day out of it and do both!

For the Cadettes, we will do an introduction and then five stations that the girls will rotate through which may include printing, accordion folds, a pamphlet, origami book, a scroll, decorating paper or a collaborative book, depending on the interests of the volunteers. Each rotation will last for about 30 minutes. For the younger girls we will do some similar programming in a shorter time frame with possibly only four rotations. If you have a book arts technique or project that you’d like to see done with the Girl Scouts, please make some suggestions. We are looking for volunteers to lead projects and also ones that will just assist.

You do not need to be a member of the NEGBW to volunteer. If you would like to volunteer, please contact Todd Pattison at

Binding in Stone Workshop Reminder


There are only a couple of spaces left in this workshop. This is your chance to learn from a west coast book artist!

Single Section Staple Binding in Stone
Coleen Curry
April 1-3, 2016

Workshop Description:
This three-day class will explore binding structures using real stone veneer in the techniques created by Sün Evrard. Students will construct a modified historical structure with conservation principles in mind, using the stone veneer. This single-section staple binding is simple but is executed with a lot of care and attention to detail. The pamphlet binding is sewn and then attached to the boards using copper wire as secondary sewing. We will decorate the bindings by cutting into the stone and painting with acrylic. Students will create one binding, and if time allows, we will explore uses of the stone as a decorative element for bindings or boxes.

The stone veneer product used in this workshop is the result of advancements of laser cutting techniques. The veneer is a .2 mm thick slice of stone mounted on a thin fabric that can be folded, imprinted, cut and tooled.

Third Year Studio
369 Congress Street, Floor 6
Boston, MA 02210

$275 – Members
$325 – Non-members

Material Fee: $40 (paid directly to Coleen Curry at beginning of workshop)

Here is the link for registration:

Questions can be directed to:

Movable Book Conference

The Movable Book Society and the Ticknor Society are having a Movable Book Conference September 15 – September 17, 2016 at the Boston Park Plaza Hotel. To register for the conference please visit the Movable Book Society website at To register for the joint conference day only, Saturday, September 17, 2016, if you are a Ticknor Society member please contact Marie Oedel, Over a dozen institutions and libraries in and around Boston will be mounting pop-up “Pop-Up Book” exhibits of materials in their collections.

In addition to the conference and exhibits, there are 2 contests and 1 award being given at the conference:

  • The first is an emerging engineer/artist award for the best undergraduate/graduate student work. The winner will receive a $1500 cash prize, membership in both societies, and an opportunity to present their work at the conference.
  • The second is the Meggendorfer prize for the best professional artist book.
  • The third, is an award for the best trade pop-up book produced in the past two years.

Entry forms for the Meggendorfer prize and the emerging engineer/artist award can be found here.

There are student scholarships available from the Movable Book Society (contact and the Ticknor Society (contact

Rebecca Barry on Rare Books Uncovered

Ticknor Society event this Thursday …

Rebecca Rego Barry on Rare Books Uncovered
Thursday, February 11, 2016, 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
First Church Boston, 66 Marlborough St. Boston

No doubt we’ve all dreamed about finding a Tamerlane in our attic, and many of us have our own tales of best book “finds” that we enjoy sharing with fellow bibliophiles. We’ll talk about more recent discoveries and put to rest the notion that the Internet has made scouting extinct, with examples such as a first edition of Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird purchased at a Philadelphia flea market for a few dollars in 2014 and a first edition of Jorge Luis Borges’ El Aleph bought for 50 cents at an estate sale in Louisiana in 2011.

Rebecca’s book received a glowing review in Library Review and will be available for purchase and signing by the author at Thursday’s meeting. This could be a great Valentines Gift for Book Lovers!